STEWART — New Ulm Cathedral delivered a defeat to McLeod West Friday night, with a 28-8 victory that attracted the attention of ESPN, CBS, and other national news media.
The reason for such high level attention was the plight of McLeod West and its high school, since it will discontinue next year. This was the Falcons’ last homecoming ever.
The McLeod West School Board will ask voters to replace two levies with a new five-year levy. Even if the levy passes, McLeod West will only be able to afford a K-6 elementary school in coming years.
Aside from the defeat, the game was made worse by three injuries that pared down their skeleton team of 19 to 16. The first major injury happened on the first play of Cathedral’s third drive when Brody Nelson was taken away in an ambulance with a dislocated shoulder, according to the New Ulm Journal. Just before the half, Sebastian Spray-Smith was injured with an apparent spinal injury, according to the Journal, and play was stopped for more than a half hour while they waited for an ambulance from Hutchinson to come and take him away.
Starting quarterback Spencer Glaeser left the first half with a concussion.
Naturally, the injuries provided distractions for the Falcons, who have a respectable record of 4-1 going into the game.
A full narrative of the game is available on the New Ulm Journal web site.