Fillmore Central’s Tom Henry tries to find some running room vs. Rushford-Peterson.  SUE HOFF/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPER GROUP
Fillmore Central’s Tom Henry tries to find some running room vs. Rushford-Peterson. SUE HOFF/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPER GROUP

"It was a great high school football game," said Fillmore Central head coach Chris Mensink, although the Falcons ended up one point short in a 14-13 loss to Rushford-Peterson last Friday night.

On paper it looks like the Falcons should have won the game, but "we gave Rushford-Peterson a short field on their two touchdowns, once on our 17 and once on the 36," said Mensink. "(We had) too many penalties and mental mistakes in the third quarter. We were playing more to not lose, rather than to win.

"I was proud of our kids...we forced a turnover to get the ball back with just over two minutes to play and drove the ball 66 yards to give ourselves an opportunity to win the game, " added Mensink.

The Falcons got on the scoreboard first with a six-yard run by Tom Henry in the second quarter. Collin Bennett kicked the extra-point, giving FC a 7-0 lead. The four-play, 28-yard scoring drive was highlighted by a 13 yard run by quarterback Bryce Whitehill and a pass interference call against Rushford-Peterson.

The Trojans scored both of their touchdowns in the third quarter, taking a 14-7 lead into the fourth quarter. While the Falcons did give up a pair of scores in the third stanza, they did have a little offense, including a 38-yard pass completion from McKinnen Stone to Logan Masters.

Fillmore Central got on the board again in the fourth quarter with a 45-yard drive, highlighted by a 28-yard touchdown pass from Bryce Whitehill to Collin Bennett. The extra-point attempt was no good, leaving the Falcons short one point, 14-13, in favor of R-P.

Fillmore Central had one more chance to take the lead, following a Josh Jones fumble recovery. The Falcons put together a 13-play drive that resulted in a blocked field goal attempt from 31 yards out. The drive was highlighted by three nice offensive plays: 28-yard pass from McKinnen Stone to Logan Masters, 16-yard run by Tom Henry and an 11-yard run by Bryce Whitehill.

"I was pleased with our finish and our response in that situation," said Mensink.

The defense played well, added Mensink, especially in the third quarter. Leading the defense were Connor Hanson (four solo tackles, five assists), Andy Love (4s, 4a), Monty Holm (3s, 6a), Josh Jones (3s, 1a, 1 fumble recovery), McKinnen Stone (2s, 8a), Tyson Ristau (2s, 2a), Jordan Mille (2s, 3a), Collin Bennett (7a), Tom Henry (6a), Bryce Whitehill (1s), Nick Mensink (1a), Ascher Ostrom (2a), Zach Sorenson (1a) and Dylan Birch (3a). Jones, Miller and Trace Tollefson had pass deflections against the Trojans.

Team scoring

FC 0-7-0-6 = 13

RP 0-0-14-0 = 14

Team stats FC RP

First downs 13 7

Rushing 39, 180 35, 154

Passing 10/21, 148 5/11, 53

Total off. 60p, 328 46p, 207

Penalties 10, 60 6, 48

Turnovers 2(fum., INT) 1(fum.)

Individual stats...Rushing; Bryce Whitehill 8/57, Logan Masters 2/7, McKinnen Stone 9/29, Tyson Ristau 10/31, Tom Henry 10/55, Jordan Miller1/1. Passing; Whitehill 8/19, 82 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT; Stone 2/2, 66 yds. Receiving...Masters 5/95; Henry 1/3; Bennett 3/48, 1 TD; Miller 1/2.

Friday night the Falcons host Hayfield. The Vikings are 2-0 on the season.