Rushing game rolls for Falcons in big win
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 6:35 AM
"I thought we took a nice step offensively this week," said head coach Chris Mensink. "Our offensive line of Collin Bennett, Nick Mensink, Connor Hanson, Dylan Birch, Andy Love and Monty Holm really did a nice job of communicating and handling their multiple fronts and blitzes to open some nice holes for our backs. I thought our back combination of Tom Henry, McKinnen Stone, Tyson Ristau and Dylan Bathke all ran hard and are seeing the field better and reading their blocks as well. Bryce Whitehill is getting more comfortable all the time running the offense and reading what is in front of him as well."
Fillmore Central wide receiver Logan Masters turns the corner as two Kingsland defenders pursue him. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWS PHOTO
The rushing game accounted for 352 of the 392 yards of offense for the Falcons in the 46-13 win over neighboring Kingsland last Friday. Stone led the attack with 127 yards in 14 carries (9.1/carry), while Henry was right behind him at 111 yards in 10 carries (11.1/carry). Adding to the rushing total were Ristau (7/62 yards, 8.9/carry), Bathke (10/27), and Whitehill (4/9). Carrying the ball one time each were Logan Masters (4 yds.) and Gatlin Woellert (12 yds.).
The rushing squad had four touchdowns, two for Stone and one each for Ristau and Whitehill.
Fillmore Central's quarterback, Whitehill, only passed the ball seven times, completing two of them for 40 yards. Masters had one reception for nine yards and Stone had the other for a 31-yard touchdown.
"Defensively, I was very proud of our kids as we continued our disciplined physical defense and it was nice to get a defensive touchdown," said Mensink. Defensive tackle Holm picked up a Kingsland fumble and ran 48 yards for a touchdown. The Falcons had 33 solo tackles, led by Connor Hanson (5), Ristau (4) and Quentin Case (3). Hanson was also in on four assisted tackles and recovered two Kingsland fumbles. Getting into the backfield for either a solo sack, assisted sack, solo tackle for loss or assisted tackle for loss were Andy Love, Zach Sorenson, Marshall Rolfs, Holm and Collin Bennett.
"I also thought we took a nice step in the kicking game," added Mensink, with Bennett showing his leg and accuracy on two field goals. "This will provide another viable scoring option as we move forward."
Bennett's two field goals were 32 and 38 yards. He also hit on four of six extra points.
The Falcons do need to clean things up a bit in the penalty department. The Falcons committed 12 penalties, costing them 105 yards. "That is definitely too many penalty yards," stated Mensink.
"Overall, it was a great team effort and win!" Mensink concluded.
In 10 possessions Friday night against the Knights, Fillmore Central scored either a touchdown or field goal on seven of them. Efficiency like that will get you some more wins.
Henry was injured in Friday night's game...broke his leg, and will miss the rest of the football season.
Blooming Prairie and Rushford-Peterson are both 3-0 so far this season and are the co-leaders in Section 1A. Bethlehem Academy and Fillmore Central are 2-1. Other Section 1A teams and their current records: Wabasha-Kellogg (1-2), Goodhue (1-3), Southland (1-3) and Kingsland (0-4).
Friday night the Falcons host Chatfield (3-1) in another Blue Division match-up.
Scoring by quarters
Fillmore Central 14-16-16-0 = 46
Kingsland 0-0-7-6 = 13
Kingsland Fillmore Central
First downs 14 16
Rushing 28 carries, 47 yds 47 carries, 352 yds
0 TD's 4 TD's
Passing 14/25, 258 yds 2/7, 40 yds
2 TD's, 0 INT 1 TD, 0 INT
Total offense 53 plays, 305 yds 54 plays, 392 yds
Penalties 4, 40 yds 12, 105 yds
Turnovers 3(3 fumbles) 0
Punting 2/36.5 3/28.7
Kickoffs 3/16.7 9/47.4