"We stalled out, offensively, at the three yard line and the four yard line on a couple of nice drives," said coach Chris Mensink about Friday's 8-0 football loss to Kickapoo. "We had opportunities and just didn't capitalize."

The first opportunity for the Falcons came on their first possession of the game. Fillmore Central took the opening kickoff and proceeded to pick up 61 yards on 14 plays, only to give up the ball on downs on the Kickapoo three-yard line.

On their first possession of the game, Kickapoo marched 97 yards for the only score of the game. The Kickapoo drive was highlighted by a 56-yard touchdown pass. That five-minute possession netted them more than one-third of their total offense for the game. "Their touchdown came on a 56-yard pass that we were in pretty decent position to make the play, but just went beyond the outstretched arm of our safety and they made the play," commented Mensink.

Two other opportunities for Fillmore Central also went by the wayside: an interception by Logan Masters and a fumble recovery by Jake Ristau. Following the interception the Falcons went three and out and punted. On the possession following the fumble recovery, Fillmore Central netted -26 yards, and eventually punted again.

The half ended with Kickapoo leading 8-0, a lead that the guys could never overcome.

In the second half, Fillmore Central did have a couple promising drives...one netting 42 yards on seven plays and the other, near the end of the game, covering 51 yards on eight plays. They gave up the ball on downs in the first opportunity and threw an interception into the end zone on the last one. The Falcons were knocking on the door at the five-yard line, on their last possession.

"Our kids showed a lot of heart and determination as we battled injuries and adversity all night," said Mensink. "We responded well and showed great character and played extremely hard and that is what I am most proud of. Character reveals itself in times of trial and I was happy with what I saw."

Offensively, the Falcons were led by Devon Block. Block had 80 yards on 17 carries. Dan Gatzke carried the ball 12 times for 69 yards, including a 34 yarder in the fourth quarter. Brandon Breitsprecher (4/-18) and McKinnen Stone (1/3) also had "touches."

In the passing/receiving department, Breitsprecher was 5/13 and Stone missed on his one attempt. Logan Masters had one reception (1 yd), Gatzke had two for 13 yards and Collin Bennett had two catches for 27 yards.

Special teams players were McKinnen Stone (kick return, 2/44), Logan Masters (punt return, 2/18), Devon Block (punting, 4/37.5) and Collin Bennett (kickoff, 1/43).

Defensively, the Falcons had several leaders: Jake Ristau (3 solos/4 assists, sack, fumble recovery), Nick Ebner (5s/7a), Devon Block (6s), Logan Masters (3s/3a, INT), Andy Coyle (3s/1a, sack), Dan Gatzke (3s/3a), Brandon Breitsprecher (2s/1a, INT) and McKinnen Stone (1s/4a). Others involved in the defensive points....Bryce Whitehill (1s/1a), Clay Fishbaugher (2a), Ascher Ostrom (1s), Jake Tammel (1s), Dylan Birch (2s) and Jordan Miller (2a).

Friday night the Falcons will take on No. 1 rated Caledonia (AA) for their homecoming game.

Scoring by quarters....

Fillmore Central 0-0-0-0 = 0

Kickapoo 8-0-0-0 = 8

Team stats

FC Kickapoo

First downs 8 14

Rushing 35c, 134 yds 45c, 173 yds

Passing 5/14, 41 yds 7/10, 87 yds

Total yds 49p, 175 yds 55p, 260 yds

Turnovers 2(2 INT) 3(fum, 2 INT)

Penalties 6, 37 yds 6, 55 yds