Minster Shuts Out Another One To Move To 2-0

Jack Heitbrink celebrates a touchdown on a scooped up blocked punt during a 28-0 win over Covington.
Staff Writer

Minster made it eight straight quarters without allowing a point to start the 2017 season, as the Wildcats went on the road and thoroughly defeated the Covington Buccs, 28-0 on Friday night.

An Isaac Schmiesing interception and a late stand by the second string defense inside the five yard line against Covington's starters preserved the shutout in Minster's first road test of the season and final non-conference game of the regular season.

On the first day of September, the cool, windy and sometimes wet weather made it feel like the first day of October. Minster's defense looked like it was in mid-season form as well, as the Wildcats put up their second straight goose egg a week after stymying Fort Loramie 20-0.

"It means we're playing hard,"Minster head coach Geron Stokes said of what the shutout means to his squad.

Minster led 21-0 at the half and scored the lone second-half points when Jared Huelsman blocked a Covington punt. Jack Heitbrink dove on it just before it rolled out of bounds. The score put Minster up by four touchdowns.

Minster won despite a rash of penalties and being outgained in total yardage. With the MAC opener against Delphos St. John's less than a week away, there's plenty to work on.

"We're 2-0 but we're not anywhere close to where we need to be,"Stokes said.

Even so, a 2-0 record and having outscored their opponents 48-0 to start the season isn't a bad way to start the campaign.

Minster struck first in the game with an Isaac Schmiesing rushing touchdown from a yard out with 1:36 left in the first quarter.

Schmiesing was a big part of Minster's second touchdown of the night. He had a good punt return to set up Minster on the Covington side of the 50 yard line and then went up for a leaping catch down the middle of the field, setting up an Alex Schmitmeyer 7-yard touchdown run that gave Minster a 14-0 lead with 10:34 left in the second quarter.

Huelsman again showed why he was voted the top offensive player in the MAC a season ago with a 22-yard touchdown run that combined his power to break tackles and his speed to accelerate down the right sideline to paydirt for the 21-0 lead.

Minster maintained the shutout with Covington driving late in the first half when cornerback Austin Brown stepped in front of a pass for his second pick of the young season.