Goodhue took the opening kick and marched down the field for a touchdown, getting a score and the lead midway through the first quarter in Friday's game for Fillmore Central's football team. That kind of set the tone for the game, commented coach Chris Mensink.

"Goodhue moved the ball methodically down the field in the short passing game their first drive and scored," he said. "Our first possession we threw a 'pick' deep in our territory that resulted in a score. We let one mistake turn into two and it snowballed early."

The Falcons got their lone score in the third quarter on a fumble recovery by Monty Holm. Holm picked up a Wildcat fumble and ran it into the end zone from 20 yards out. That cut the Goodhue lead to 14-6, but the Falcons just couldn't get any offense going as they lost 20-6.

The Falcons had two interceptions, one by Connor Hanson and one by McKinnen Stone, but neither of those possessions turned into scores. Fillmore Central had six possessions in the second half, including the fumble recovery by Holm, scoring once, punting twice, turning it over on downs twice and running out of time on their last possession to end the game.

Holm led the defense with seven solo tackles and six assisted tackles, including two sacks. Logan Masters was in on eight tackles, including five solos. Hanson had another busy game, getting involved in 13 tackles, two solos and 11 assists. Andy Love had three solos and seven assists, including two tackles for losses. Tyson Ristau and Stone each had three solo tackles. As already mentioned, there were three take-aways for FC by Hanson, Stone and Holm.

Offensively, Fillmore Central was led by Stone (10 carries, 49 yards) and Ristau (12 carries, 46 yards). The Falcons averaged 4.2 yards/carry, but couldn't sustain any offense, or drives.

Wednesday the Falcons hosted Southland in the final regular season game.

"We need to bounce back quickly," said Mensink. "With a short week and Southland coming to town for our final home game Wednesday. Southland is coming off their bye week so they will be ready for us."

Playoffs start Tuesday, Oct. 22. The coaches got together for the seeding meeting Thursday (Oct. 17) morning. Check the school website, or listen to Coaches Corner (KFIL) Saturday morning, for playoff details.

Team scoring

Fillmore Central 0-0-6-0 = 6

Goodhue 14-0-0-6 = 20

Individual stats

Rushing: Bryce Whitehill, 9 carries/33 yds; Logan Masters 1/5; McKinnen Stone, 10/49; Tyson Ristau, 12/46; Dylan Bathke, 3/13. Passing: Whitehill, 4/5, 17 yds, 1 INT. Receiving: Ristau, 2 receptions, 9 yds; Andy Love, 1/6; Jordan Miller, 1/2. Special teams: Masters(kickoff returns, 3/10.33; punt return, 1/11.0); Monty Holm(punting, 2/34.0); Collin Bennett(kickoffs, 2/51.5; PAT, 0/1).

Team stats

Fillmore Central Goodhue

First downs 5 19

Rushing 35 carries, 146 yds 38 carries, 100 yds

1 fumble 2 TD's, 1 fumble

Passing 4/5, 17 yds 17/27, 157 yds

0 TD, 1 INT 1 TD, 2 INT

Total offense 40 plays, 163 yds 65 plays, 257 yds

Turnovers 2 3

Penalties 7, 55 yds 7, 50 yds