The Fillmore Central football team evened its record at 3-3 with a 21-0 shutout win over Wabasha-Kellogg last Friday and Saturday. Friday and Saturday, because the weather caused a postponement to the game Friday night, and was then completed Saturday night.

The Falcons have an excellent chance to finish the season above .500, ending their regular season with a road game in Goodhue (1-5) Friday night and a home game with Southland (1-6) "MEA" Wednesday. However, coach Chris Mensink knows very well the history of the Goodhue and Southland football programs, and also knows that the team will have to play error-free football to come away with wins against either team.

"This was a great team win for us and an important one in our section," said Mensink. "W-K came into the game averaging almost 28 points a game. Our defense played exceptional, shutting the Falcons out and holding them to 134 yards of total offense. Our kids were disciplined in their assignments and played great team defense. We took care of the ball and won the turnover battle as well, forcing four, and losing only one. They run their offense well and it's unlike any we face throughout the year. Our kids were focused and spent time studying this week and it paid dividends.

"With the weather, the suspended play until Saturday, our kids really stepped up to the challenge and carried momentum from Friday into Saturday. That was a first for all of us dealing with those circumstances. We were able to establish our running game and moved the ball on the ground. Our offensive line of Dylan Birch, Andy Love, Connor Hanson, Nick Mensink, Monty Holm and Collin Bennett did a great job blocking and opening holes for Tyson (Ristau) and McKinnen (Stone). Both backs ran hard and blocked well for one another.

"Nice ending to homecoming week," concluded Mensink.

Defensively, the four take-aways were credited to Holm (pass interception, fumble recovery), Hanson (interception) and Jordan Miller (fumble recovery).

Holm was the tackle leader this week, recording four solos and nine assists. Holm also had an interception and fumble recovery. Hanson also had four solo tackles and was in on seven assists. Stone had three solos and seven assists. Ristau and Miller also had two solo tackles. Tackles for losses, or 'sacks' were recorded by Stone(4), Hanson, Holm(3), Mensink(2) and Birch.

Offensively, the three touchdowns were scored by: Stone (seven-yard run in the first period; extra-point kick is no good), Stone (10-yard pass reception from Bryce Whitehill in the second quarter; two point conversion pass from Whitehill to Miller is good), and Ristau (23 yard run, extra point kick is good by Collin Bennett).

Ristau (21 carries) and Stone (18 carries) were the workhorses in the running game. Ristau finished with a net of 95 yards and Stone ended the night with a net of 79 yards. Whitehille (3), Jones and Dylan Bathke (2) also had touches.

Team scoring

WK 0-0-0-0 = 0

FC 6-8-7-0 = 21

Individual stats...Rushing: Bryce Whitehill, 3 carries/10 yds; McKinnen Stone, 18c/79 yds, 1 TD; Josh Jones, 1c/1 yd; Tyson Ristau 21c/ 95 yds, 1 TD; Dylan Bathke, 2c/3 yds. Passing: Whitehill, 7/13, 60 yds. Receiving: Quentin Case, 2 receptions, 7 yds; Stone, 1/10 yds, 1 TD; Jones, 1/2 yds; Ristau, 2/37 yds, 1 TD; Collin Bennett, 1/4 yds. Special teams: Monty Holm (punting, 4/37.0), Collin Bennett (PAT, 1/2; kickoffs, 4/47.0), Josh Jones (punt return, 1/0), Tyson Ristau (punt returns, 3/6.7 yds).

Team stats


First downs 7 13

Rushing 30 carries, 118 yds 46 carries, 186 yds

0 TD 2 TD's, 1 fumble

Passing 3/11, 16 yds 7/13, 60 yds

2 INT, 0 TD's 1 TD, 0 INT

Total offense 41 plays, 134 yds 59 plays, 246 yds

Turnovers 4 1

Penalties 6, 45 yds 4, 45 yds