WINONA, Minn. (KTTC) — The Winona State Football team doesn’t compete in the Mineral Water Bowl until December 7th, but this afternoon they continued preparations at Maxwell Field.
Former Blooming Prairie star Quarterback John Rumpza is now handling the offense under center.
That’s because number one signal caller Owen Burke suffered a knee injury versus Augustana. Burke will try to play in the Bowl Game vs. Nebraska-Kearney, but right now that leaves Rumpza at the controls.
The 6-6 Senior appeared in 11-games prior to this season throwing for 176-yards and two-touchdowns.
This season he took over for the injured Burke against Augustana, then started the Warriors’ final game against Concordia-St. Paul, leading WSU to a 2010 victory that punched the Warriors’ ticket to the postseason for the second time in the last three years.
For the season, Rumpza is 40-of-61 for 525-yards, 4-Touchdowns, and 2-Interceptions.
Five years he’s waited for this chance, and now it’s finally here.
“He’s one of those guys in our program that you always hope gets his time and he did,” said Winona State Head Coach Tom Sawyer. “He did a great job against Augustana, did a great job last week against Concordia, won the game for us, played great. To sit in a program for five years, and then come in late in your career, not very many kids will do that but John Rumpza will.”
“I knew there was a possibility that I was going to be going in, and the job of the back up is to be ready because you never know [when you’re going into the game],” said Rumpza, the former Awesome Blossom signal-caller. “It feels really good to be out there with my buddies, the guys that I came in here with and my teammates, and it’s really good to be out there with them.”
In three years quarterbacking the Awesome Blossoms, Rumpza threw for nearly 9-thousand-yards and 112-touchdowns. He was 30-and-4 as the Quarterback at Blooming Prairie. Rumpza won a Section Championship with the 2014 team and he will be attending the Prep Bowl next week to cheer on his Alma Mater.