Two things can be quickly gleaned from Mankato West’s 60-19 win over New Prague Thursday night. One, New Prague has a lot to work on if they want to compete at a high level in Class AAAA this season. Two, Mankato West quarterback Phillip Nelson is as good as advertised. It’s hard to say any different when a guy has six first-half touchdown. Yes you read that right, six touchdowns in the first half. He didn’t even step on the field in the second half. The score at the half for those of you wondering, 52-0 in favor of Mankato West. Nelson had three touchdown passes to Hunter Friesen, two to Konor Severns and ran in a 14-yard TD himself in the first half and we didn’t even mention he is the kicker and punter for the team.
On the plus side for New Prague is that they kept fighting all game long. Their offense was stifled in the first half thanks to an 11-man-in-the-box set up by the Mankato West defense keeping the pressure on the running game and not giving starting quarterback for New Prague Kyle Stepka a chance to throw the ball without having a man in his face. The second half would be a little different as Mankato West had a mostly back-up/third string lineup in for the whole half while New Prague kept their starters out their for the first series before relinquishing to the reserves. The first points for New Prague came at the 7:45 mark of the third quarter with a pass from Kyle Stepka to Zach Shetka for 71 yards in a moment that allowed the New Prague fans to celebrate. Ben Oldenberg would add another TD in the fourth quarter with a 59-yard run and Connor O’Rourke getting the two point conversion to give us the final score of 60-14.
Mankato West improves to 1-0 on the season and will host Austin Friday, September 9th. New Prague drops to 0-1 on the season and will take on Holy Angels Friday in New Prague at 7pm in a game you can hear on 1350 AM KCHK and online.