Central defeats Highland Park

 

PrepScenesquare1Senior quarterback Sam Gubbrud passed for two touchdowns and ran for another — while also connecting with his brother and receiver Jon Gubbrud for big gains throughout — leading St. Paul Central to a 47-28 victory over St. Paul Highland Park. He gave the Minutemen a share of the Twin City District Maroon Division football championship before a capacity crowd on the Scots’ home turf.

Receiver Jon Gubbrud made big gains throughout the game.
Receiver Jon Gubbrud made big gains throughout the game.

Gubrudd got Central on the board first with a one-yard scoring run giving Central a 7-0 first-quarter lead.

With the exception of a 22-yard touchdown run by Highland Park running back Antonio Ortiz, it was Central in the second period as Gubbrud threw for two touchdowns — 31 yards to JaQuantay Winston and 14 to Jamal Galato — and ran for another as the Minutemen jumped out to a 27-7 lead.

Amitri Collins-Westlund’s 91-yard pass reception from quarterback Charles Klug in the opening minutes of the third quarter made it a 27-14 game, but a 35-yard punt return by Owen Donnelly made it a 33-14 Minutemen advantage.

Charles Klug with the ball as Central’s defense looks on
Charles Klug with the ball as Central’s defense looks on

Collins-Westlund passed for one touchdown and ran 59 yards for another making it a 33-28 game after three quarters.

Galato’s five-yard run and an 85-yard interception return by Taariq Hutchinson-Carroll put the game out of reach.

 

 

 

 

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