Garrigan thinking big again

ALGONA — TJ Schnurr has experienced some intense and loud environments during his athletic career with Bishop Garrigan.

Schnurr is hoping for the most energetic one yet this Friday when the third-ranked Golden Bears host fifth-rated Edgewood-Colesburg in a Class A quarterfinal.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Bishop Garrigan (10-0 overall) claimed a 12-7 victory over No. 6 Wapsie Valley in the opening round last week, improving to 31-2 over the past three years.

“(Last Friday’s win) felt pretty good, but it also just made us more hungry to win it all,” Schnurr said. “This season means a lot to us. We want to prove everyone wrong that we do have what it takes.”

Schnurr is part of a senior class that was part of a 2016 run to the state championship game. They have also won four playoff games in the last three seasons.

Quarterback Brad Capesius, who set a school-record for career touchdowns, has thrown and ran for 56 scores with 2,697 passing yards and 1,448 rushing yards. He has also picked off 11 career passes, including eight this year.

Schnurr has recorded 48 receptions for 831 yards and 13 touchdowns.

“The atmosphere is always crazy Friday nights, but it will be even more crazy (this week),” Schnurr said. “Having all the students, parents and alumni cheering really gives us motivation to win.”

Preston Kohlhaas leads the ground game with 852 yards and eight touchdowns, Tristan Ferguson has 13 receptions for 225 yards and Cade Winkel leads the defense with 53 tackles.

Aiden Koob has recorded 10 sacks, Alex Mammen has 52.5 stops and both Eric Thul and John Capesius have combined for 65 tackles.

Bishop Garrigan has 17 interceptions and recovered five fumbles on the season, allowing less than 10 points four times.

Edgewood-Colesburg (9-1) scoring a convincing 58-21 victory over 10th-ranked Brooklyn-BGM last week to advance. They have now won nine in a row since a Week 1 loss to Bellevue, with just two of those games being decided by 14 points or less.

The Vikings are led by running back Preston Rochford, who has carried the ball 206 times for 1,866 yards with 26 touchdowns. He also has 340 yards receiving and six more scores.

Ethan Streicher is 59 of 110 passing for 964 yards with 16 touchdowns and just three interceptions, hitting Parker Rochford for 19 catches, 404 yards and eight scores.

Preston Rochford leads the team with 85.5 tackles, while Kal Hoeger has six sacks. Edgewood-Colesburg has forced 21 turnovers, including 14 fumble recoveries.