MINSTER — If projections hold up, the Minster football team will play Springfield Catholic Central for the second straight year in the first round of the playoffs next Saturday night.
JoeEitel.com projects Minster to be the sixth-seed in Division VI's Region 24 after the Wildcats stunned Coldwater, 22-6, on Friday night to deny the Cavaliers a piece of the MAC title. Minster beat the top-seeded Irish in Springfield, 44-21, in the first round of its Cinderella run through the playoffs to the regional title game.
“We earned it on the field here tonight. We get to go to ‘the dance,’” said Minster head coach Nate Moore. “I just couldn’t be more proud of the senior class, backs against the wall. We were facing elimination from our season, so I just couldn’t be prouder of these guys and they’ve been doing it all year. We certainly haven’t been perfect, but these guys have been at it all year. I’m just so proud of them.”
Minster defeated Coldwater for the first time in its last 18 tries.
Quarterback Adam Niemeyer connected with Dustin Salm, Ethan Wolf and Daniel Gusching for first-downs on Minster’s opening scoring drive. Troy Kauffman soon scored on 3rd-and-goal from the 3-yardline to take a 6-0 lead.
Minster's Korey Schultz ran 10 times for 94 yards and a touchdown. Fellow running back Kauffman ran 10 times for 81 yards and a touchdown.
During the second half, Daniel Gusching broke Minster's single-season receptions record, while Niemeyer broke the school’s career completions mark.
Niemeyer went 14-of-28 for 132 yards and a touchdown.