Tyson Ristau of the Falcons finds an opening as he carries the ball vs. Caledonia. PHOTO BY JILL MILLER
Tyson Ristau of the Falcons finds an opening as he carries the ball vs. Caledonia. PHOTO BY JILL MILLER

“I thought we played a great first quarter,” said Fillmore Central head coach Chris Mensink about Friday’s football game with Caledonia.  “We executed on special teams and gave our offense a shorter field to work with.  I thought we played three quarters of pretty good football.”

While the Falcons didn’t score against the Warriors, evidence of the “pretty good play” showed on the scoreboard, defensively in the first, third and fourth quarters, where the Falcons only gave up six, seven and zero points.  The second quarter was a different story, in which Caledonia put up 27 points.

The game was played Saturday afternoon as rainstorms caused problems for the usual Friday time slot.

Team stats

                                         Fillmore Central                          Caledonia

First downs                                                  4                                          17

Rushing                          32 plays, 15 yds.            36 plays, 205 yds.

                                             0 td’s, 1 fumble                 1 fumble, 4 td’s

Passing                                4/11, 20 yards               10/17, 141 yards

                                                   0 td’s, 3 INT                       2 td’s, 1 INT

Total offense                 43 plays, 35 yds.            53 plays, 346 yds.

Turnovers                                                    4                                             2

Penalties                                       3, 14 yds.                          12, 70 yds.

Time of poss.                                     24:34                                    23:26

“We made some nice strides, on both offense and defense from the previous game,” added Mensink.  “Our kids did much better this week communicating and are cleaning up their assignments. They seemed more comfortable and that will allow them to play faster.

 “We also need to remember, this is a very young team, with half of the players on the roster being sophomores.”

Individually, on offense, Tyson Ristau carried the ball seven times for a net of 43 yards.  Twenty-seven of those yards came on one play in the fourth quarter.  He also had another run of 21 yards in that same fourth stanza drive.  Dylan Bathke carried the ball 14 times for a net of two yards.  Bathke’s longest run was for 13 yards at the end of the first quarter.  Quarterback Jordan Miller had eight carries for a net loss of 23 yards.

Passing, Miller was four of 10, for a net of 20 yards.  Matson Kiehne (2 yds), Bathke (-2 yds), Nick Mensink (3 yds) and Nate Birch (17 yds) each had one catch.

On defense, the Falcons were led by Gatlin Woellert and Mensink, each having six solo tackles. Woellert also had two assists and came up with a pass interception.  Mensink added three assisted tackles.  Ristau had four solo tackles and two assists.  Also coming up with tackles were Riley Means (2 solo, one for a loss), Matson Kiehne (1s,1a), Dylan Bathke (3s), Justin Ristau (3s,2a), Drew Tienter (2s), Walker Ward (2s), Zach Sorenson (1s,1a) and Birch (1s,1a).  Two solos were recorded to “unknown  tackler.”  Tienter also had a fumble recovery in the fourth quarter.

Returning kickoffs were Sam Peters, Matson Kiehne, Tyson Ristau, Bathke (2) and Miller (2).  Punt returners were Means (2) and Tyson Ristau.  Mensink and Miller were the punters and Sorenson kicked off.

This Friday the Falcons will travel to 0-2 Wabasha-Kellogg for another Southern Football Alliance-Blue Division game.