Jake Ristau (50) leads a block for Dan Gatzke (9) against Lewiston-Altura.  Also shown is quarterback Brandon Breitsprecher (4).
Jake Ristau (50) leads a block for Dan Gatzke (9) against Lewiston-Altura. Also shown is quarterback Brandon Breitsprecher (4).
"Lewiston-Altura is an experienced team with many returning starters," said coach Chris Mensink about Friday's Fillmore Central football game. "They set the tone early in the game and had us on our heels. Once we settled down I thought we played well, especially in the second half."

Lewiston-Altura scored on three of its first four possessions in the first quarter, and once more on its first possession of the second quarter, and did indeed set the tone early. The Cardinals went into the intermission with a 28-0 lead on their way to a 35-0 win.

Fillmore Central had eight possessions in the first half. Four of the possessions resulted in a 'three and out' (2 yds, net), one ended on an interception (0 yds). In the other three possessions we ran seven plays (12 yds, one penalty), four plays (2 yds, one penalty), and five plays(20 yds, two passes for 12 yds) when the half ended. It just wasn't a very productive half of football.

The second half was much more promising, just as coach Mensink stated. In the Falcons first possession of the second half they held the ball for nearly six minutes and ran 12 plays (one penalty). Fillmore Central ran 14 plays on its last possession of the game and got down to the L-A 13 yard line at one point.

In the second half, quarterback Brandon Breitsprecher hit on eight of 11 passes, compared to 3/10 in the first half. He finished the game with 11 completions in 21 attempts, for a total of 56 yards.

Leading the defense were seniors Jake Ristau(three solo tackles, 6 assists), Andy Coyle (3s, 2a), Nick Ebner(1s,3a) and Devon Block (4s). Also getting in on the defensive stats were Chris Collett (1s,2a), Dan Gatzke (1s,2a), McKinnen Stone (2s,1a), Andy Love (1s, 3a), Clay Fishbaugher (1s,1a), Jake Tammel (1s), Dylan Birch (1s) and Dalton Mart (1a). Fillmore Central had two take-aways (Devon Block, pass interception; Dylan Birch, fumble recovery) and only one give-away (INT).

Offensively, Dan Gatzke carried the ball 10 times and picked up 96 net yards, with a long carry of 34 yard in the second. Brandon Breitsprecher carried 12 times (17yds), Devon Block had seven carries (8 yds) and McKinnen Stone had six 'touches' for 13 yards. Stone and Block each had four pass receptions in the non-conference tilt. The Falcons fumbled six times in the game, but didn't lose any of the fumbles to L-A.

Special teams play was covered by Devon Block (punter), Collin Bennett (kicker), Chris Collett (kick return), Block (kick return) and Jordan Miller (kick return).

"It was a good test for us and I think our football team grew tremendously throughout the game," said coach Mensink. "We need to continue and build off the second half of the game as we look to get better each week."

Game stats...team


First downs 14 10

Rushing 29/219 35/134

Passing 7/14, 126 11/22, 56

Total 43plays, 345 57plays, 190

Penalties 4/20 3/15

Turnovers 2(fumble, INT) 1(INT)

FC Game stats...individual

Rushing; Brandon Breitsprecher 12c/17yds, Dan Gatzke 10c/96yds,McKinnen Stone 6c/13yds, Devon Block 7c/8yds. Passing; Breitsprecher 11/21, 56 yds; Stone 0/1, 1 INT. Receiving; Block 4r/23 yds, Stone 4r/10 yds, Andy Coyle 1r/5 yds, Collin Bennett 2r/18 yds.

Scoring by quarters....

L-A 21-7-0-7 = 35

FC 0-0-0-0 = 0