Fillmore Central football: Gatzke, 74 Yd TD; Ristau, 22 tackles
Thursday, September 27, 2012 8:46 AM
Fillmore Central may have lost its homecoming game to Caledonia, 40-7 Friday, but it wasn't without a lot of excitement for the Falcons fans.
One, Dan Gatzke had a 74 yard touchdown run in the first quarter that brought every Falcon fan to his/her feet; two, and three, Devon Block had a pass interception and Andy Coyle had a fumble recovery that disrupted consecutive scoring possessions for the Warriors in the first half; four, Jake Ristau turned in a stellar defensive performance with nine solo tackles and 13 tackle assists; five, back-up, third string, quarterback Bryce Whitehill had a "gutty" debut and even completed a couple passes against a solid Caledonia defense; and six, the Fillmore Central marching band, under the direction of Lane Powell, had an outstanding halftime performance that will be second to none this entire football season.
The game was pretty much dominated from the opening kickoff by Caledonia, but the injury-ridden Falcons did not lay down or give up at any time during the entire game.
After falling behind 14-0 on Caledonia's first two possessions, the Falcon team and fans got a shot in the arm when Dan Gatzke took a handoff from quarterback Brandon Breitsprecher and scampered around the right end and out-ran all the Caledonia defenders for a 74 yard touchdown. I believe Devon Block had a nice block that helped open the path for Gatzke. McKinnen Stone kicked the extra-point, bringing the Fillmore Central team within a touchdown at 14-7. I also believe that is the first touchdown scored on the starting Caledonia defense this season.
Caledonia scored on five of its possessions in the first half. The two times they didn't score were a result of fine defensive plays by the Falcons. Devon Block intercepted a Warrior pass as they were heading in for another score and Andy Coyle recovered a muffed punt return a couple of Caledonia possessions later.
Fillmore Central was down 33-7 at the intermission.
Both teams used a lot of substitutes in the second half. Offensively, only one touchdown was recorded, that by Caledonia, in the second half.
Defensively, Fillmore Central had an outstanding performance from Jake Ristau. Ristau came up with nine solo tackles and was in on another 13. Devon Block (3 assists) and Nick Ebner (9 assists) each came up with three solo tackles. Other individuals who came up with multiple tackles and assists were Tyson Ristau(1s/5a), Andrew Coyle(1s/5a), Dan Gatzke(2s/3a), Brandon Breitsprecher(2s), Chris Collett(2s/1a), McKinnen Stone(1s/4a), Clay Fishbaugher(1s/5a), Bryce Whitehill(1s/1a) and Dylan Birch(2a).
Offensively, Dan Gatzke had 79 yards of rushing on five carries. 74 of those yards came on the one touchdown play in the first quarter. Others carrying the ball, and their yardage; Bryce Whitehill(2/5), Brandon Breitsprecher(3/2), McKinnen Stone(3/-11), Gatlin Woellert(1/4), and Devon Block(9/4).
The third string quarterback saw some playing time because of injuries to both Brandon Breitsprecher and McKinnen Stone. Whitehill did an outstanding job, considering the constant pressure applied by the Caledonia defense. He completed two of eight passes for 17 yards and threw one interception. Breitsprecher was 0/1 and Stone was 0/4. Freshman Tyson Ristau (1 yd) caught one of the passes and Devon Block caught the other for a gain of 16 yards.
Special team players....Devon Block(punting, 6/29.2 kickoff returns, 3/23.0), Jordan Miller(kickoff returns, 4/8.8) and McKinnen Stone(kickoffs, extra points(1/1.
Friday night the Falcons will travel to Chatfield (4-0) to take on the Gophers in their homecoming
Scoring by quarters...
Caledonia 20-13-7-0 = 40
Fillmore Central 7-0-0-0 = 7
First downs 2 19
Rushing 23 c, 93 y 58 c, 349 y
Passing 2/13, 17 y 6/11, 71 y
Total 36 p, 110 y 69 p, 420 y
Turnovers 2 2
Penalties 5/25 yds 7/65 yds