New Ulm quarterback Ayden Jensen had an impressive performance in a non-district football game against Albert Lea. Jensen scored four touchdowns, including runs of 13, 3, 11, and 62 yards. The Eagles’ defense also contributed with a safety. New Ulm, coming off a win against Belle Plaine, started strong with two quick scores on their first two drives. The first touchdown was set up by a fumble recovery on the Albert Lea 42 yard line. Jensen expressed his satisfaction with the team’s performance, despite some injuries that kept a few key players out.
After being down 13-0, Albert Lea managed to score a touchdown and cut the lead to 13-6 on a 44-yard run by Charlie Irvine. The Tigers continued to put pressure on the Eagles and scored again to bring the score to 13-12 with just over five minutes left in the first half. Jensen acknowledged that the New Ulm offense struggled during this period and may have been too greedy.
In the third quarter, New Ulm’s defense played a crucial role in the team’s success. After a long, non-scoring drive that took almost seven minutes, the Eagles’ defense forced an intentional grounding flag in the end zone for a safety. This gave New Ulm a 22-12 lead. Jensen credited the defense for keeping them in the game and helping the offense score.
Jensen’s fourth touchdown came in the fourth quarter with a 62-yard run that increased the Eagles’ lead to 29-12. Despite some late scoring from Albert Lea, New Ulm held on for the win. Jensen commended the team for their performance and recognized the challenging nature of the game. New Ulm’s next game is against Tri-City United.