Rochester Lourdes players posed with the Class 3A trophy after defeating Fairmont on Saturday at U.S. Bank Stadium. Photo: Shari L. Gross • firstname.lastname@example.org
Known to teammates as “wild antelope man,” Rochester Lourdes senior running back Zach Jungels and his unorthodox gait were too much for Fairmont in the Class 3A Prep Bowl.
Jungels paced the Eagles’ 24-7 victory on Saturday by running 27 times for a season-high 233 yards and two touchdowns. Undefeated Lourdes (14-0) earned its fifth state title and fourth Class 3A Prep Bowl crown since 2010.
Playing up his what coach Mike Kesler called his class-clown persona, Jungels admitted nearly falling and fumbling on his game-breaking 50-yard touchdown run because he “was too excited. I saw a lot of green grass” at U.S. Bank Stadium. And that was before Fairmont defenders almost tackled him from behind at the 12-yard line.
Then teammate Pat Leary got serious, praising Jungels for setting the tone throughout summer workouts.
“If you want to talk about a guy that worked his buns off to get here — the most offseason preparation by far — it was Zachary Jungels,” Leary said. “We all fed off him in the offseason. He had the day he deserved today. He’s a fantastic player.”
Rochester Lourdes scored first against Fairmont with a 4-yard rushing touchdown by Jake Groteboer in the first quarter. Photo: Shari L. Gross • email@example.com
Rochester Lourdes earned its fifth state football title and fourth Class 3A Prep Bowl crown since 2010 with a 24-7 victory against Fairmont on Saturday at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The undefeated Eagles (14-0) pulled away on a 50-yard Zach Jungels touchdown run early in the fourth quarter.
Jungels, nearly caught from behind at the 12-yard line on his big run, led all players with 233 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns.
The touchdown capped a trio of events that swung momentum in Lourdes’ favor. First, a 36-yard Ben Limburg field goal put the Eagles’ ahead 10-7. Then Fairmont fumbled its ensuing possession. And then Jungels got loose.
Trailing 7-0 at halftime, Fairmont (11-2) tied the game with a 56-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Garrett Myren to Thomas Johnson.
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