NEW PRAGUE – The New Prague Trojan football team was looking for some kind of spark to finally break through and get their first win of the season and they found it with safety/wide reciever Joe Kneip in a four interception performance, but a 29 second span in the second quarter was the difference in the game that gave New Prague a 28-6 win Friday night. “Joey had a big game. I don’t think I have ever seen a ball player have 4 INT’s and two touchdown in a game before,” New Prague head coach Jim Benick. The small breaks that had been going against New Prague in the first three games of the season finally turned in favor of the Trojans. As the Chaska Hawks turned the ball over six times in the game that would lead to 20 of New Prague’s 28 points for the evening.
The scoring would start for New Prague on their first drive of the game after a Chaska turnover on a fumble that gave New Prague the ball at their own 39 yard line. The Trojans marched down the field on seven plays concluding with a 20-yard touchdown run by Zack Shetka to get his fifth touchdown of the season. On Chaska’s next drive they would try to air it out deep, but New Prague safety Joe Kneip would intercept the pass from Chaska’s Nick Jensen. New Prague would not capitalize this time and scoring would hold off until the first play of the second quarter. On a 3rd and 15 New Prague ran a counter play to running back Nick Johnson and would take it 71-yards for his first touchdown of the season to make the score 12-0 with 11:48 left to go in the second quarter. Chaska would again move the ball down the field, but Joe Kneip would end another Hawks drive with an interception at New Prague’s 17-yard-line. New Prague would then churn down the field with carries from Jake Molitor, Nick Johnson and Zack Shetka until they faced a 4th-and-5 at the Chaska 35 yard line and went with an end around pitch to Joe Kneip touchdown run to make the score 20-0 after a Shetka two-point conversion run. Chaska with their passing game would try to move quickly down the field, but would leave a pass over the middle that Joe Kneip would intercept and return 62-yards for a touchdown to give New Prague a 26-0 lead. The two touchdown happened just 29 seconds apart in the game. Nathan Preston would plow ahead for a two-point conversion to give New Prague a 28-0 lead at the half.
The second half started off ominously for New Prague as they would fumble the ball on the first series of the second half on a bad hand off. Chaska would move down the field, but New Prague defensive coordinator Dan Seymour’s defense would not give up any points as they forced a turnover on downs by stopping Chaska on a fourth and goal from the 14 yard line. On Chaska’s next drive Joe Kneip got another interception (his fourth) of the game this time at New Prague’s 13-yard-line. The Trojan offense would move the ball down the field and have a 58-yard touchdown run by Zack Shetka taken off the board thanks to a holding call, but the drive would take over 5 minutes off the clock and bring the game into the fourth quarter before being forced to punt. The Hawks would finally get their first score of the game on a 32-yard pass from Nick Jensen to Kolby Seiffert with 6:16 left in the game to make the score 28-6 in favor of New Prague. Jensen would throw his fifth interception of the game, but this time to Nick Johnson that sealed the game with 1:30 left to go.
New Prague would be led in rushing by Nick Johnson with nine carries for 102 yards, Jake Molitor carried the ball 22 times for 99 yards in the game for the New Prague offense which rushed for over 250 yards in the win. Chaska quarterback Nick Jensen went 16-for-35 passing for 204 yards, one touchdown, and five interceptions.
Chaska falls to 1-3 on the season and 1-2 in the Missota Conference. New Prague improves to 1-3 on the season and 1-2 in the Missota Conference. New Prague will travel to Shakopee for their homecoming next week in a game that can be heard on 1350 AM KCHK and online at kchkradio.net.
By: Adam Bartels