Minster Football Rolls, Will Face Crestview Once Again

Staff Writer

Minster and Crestview will meet in a second-round playoff game for the second straight season. If it’s anything like last year’s, it’ll be a thriller.

In 2017 Minster rallied with a touchdown in the game’s final minutes when then-quarterback Jared Huelsman burst in from eight yards out, the final score in a madcap fourth quarter that saw 21 points put on the board in the contest’s final six and a half minutes. After all that, Minster still needed a defensive stop at the end to emerge with a 35-32 win over the Knights at Spartan Stadium in Lima.

Minster and Crestview will meet again in the second game of the playoffs, this time on the turf at Wapakoneta’s Harmon Field on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Crestview, the No. 2 seed in Division VII’s Region 28, got here by doing what it does best — put a ton of points on the board. A program that has averaged 44.7 points per game this fall outscored Miami Vally Christian Academy 51-30 last Saturday to advance. Crestview has reached 50 points in a game six times this season.

Minster made it look easy on Saturday night, turning its home playoff game into a romp. Minster scored the game’s first 51 points and watched as a running clock mercifully made it a a 51-6 final score before the clock had even reached 9 p.m.

Minster scored 22 points in the first quarter and led 37-0 at the half.

The offense piled up 445 yards of total offense efficiently, running for 227 yards and passing for 218 yards.

Broc Miller rushed for 108 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries while Alex Schmitmeyer put up 57 yards rushing and the game’s first touchdown on 10 carries. He also shined in the passing game, catching four passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns — including a swing pass that saw Schmitmeyer gallop 45 yards down the sideline for a score.

The starting defense didn’t give up any points to Riverside, led by the 4.5 tackles of Gabe Phillips. The Minster public address announcer also let the sizable Minster crowd know during the game that August Boehnlein became the all-time leading tackler in Minster football history According to Minster stat man Bruce Monnin, Boehnlein now has a team-high 55.5 tackles in 2018. Add those to the 2.5 he had as a freshman, the 63.5 he had as a sophomore in 2016 and the team-high 88 tackles he had last season and Boehnlein has totaled 209.5 tackles over his decorated four-year career with the Wildcats.

Quarterback Jacob Niemeyer went 13-for-19 night passing for three touchdowns and 218 yards.

All-MAC Football: Minster’s Cody Frericks was named first team offensive end and Minster’s August Boehnlein was named First Team as an inside linebacker on defense. Guard Sam Schmiesing, running back Alex Schmitmeyer and cornerback Mike Ketner were all named Second Taeam All-MAC.  Dustin Fericks, Jack Heitbrink, Jacob Niemeyer, Dylan Sharp were all named Honorable Mention All-MAC.