Falcons lose to Rebels, face undefeated USC next

Josh Peters struggles against a Southland defender as he tries to gain some yards for the Falcons. DEB FINSETH/NEWS LEADER
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Fillmore Central got on the board first with a 31-yard touchdown-run by Josh Peters in the first quarter, but then gave up 28 unanswered points before scoring again in a loss to Southland last Friday. 

The Falcons led 6-0 after the first quarter, trailed 7-6 at halftime, fell behind 14-6 after three quarters and eventually lost the game 28-18.  The loss dropped FC to 2-3 on the season, while Southland improved to 2-3.  All five of Fillmore Central’s games have been against other Section 1A teams. 

“Southland had battled injuries all year and has put a different team on the field each week and ran with three different quarterbacks.  This week they were at full strength and returned Caden Sorenson who hadn't played all year.  They are a physical team and it was a physical game,” said Fillmore Central head coach Chris Mensink.    

Peters got his second touchdown near the end of the fourth quarter on a three-yard run.  Peters also scored the final Falcon touchdown on a 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Zach Haugerud.

The three touchdown drives for Fillmore Central were 90 yards (eight plays and several penalties), 64 yards (eight plays) and 23 yards (four plays). 

Defensively, Cory Brown had an interception, but the Falcons ended up punting the ball in that possession.  Brock Walsh had a fumble recovery near the end of the first half, but the Falcons had to punt again at the end of this possession.

Peters led the team with 11 solo tackles and six assists.  Tyler Raaen and Brock Walsh each had seven solo tackles.  Raaen added eight assists and Walsh got in on seven more tackles.  Walsh, in addition to his fumble recovery, had two tackles for losses, as did Nick Whalen.  Hadrian Williams and Raaen also had tackles for a loss.  Williams added two solos and two assists.  Whalen had three solo tackles.  Also coming up with solo tackles were Carson Kiehne (plus three assists), Stefan Nikoloski, Logan Dyerson and Caleb Kunz.  Whalen had a quarterback sack.

On offense, Peters had 126 yards rushing on 22 carries.  Kiehne carried the ball 11 times for a net four yards and Raaen carried the ball four times for 37 yards.  Longest carry of the night for FC was a 38-yard run by Raaen

In the passing department, Haugerud went two for two and Peters was eight for 16.  Haugerud ended up with 28 net yards passing, and a touchdown, and Peters netted 23 yards.  Receiving the passes were Kiehne (four for 21 yards), Mason Berg (one, five yds), Brown (one, 0 yds), Raaen (two, -three yds) and Peters (two, 28 yds, one TD).

“Our senior trio of Josh Peters, Brock Walsh and Ty Raaen really did a great job of leading tonight and were all over the field,” said Mensink. “They demonstrated great effort and leadership all night long.

“Southland controlled the line of scrimmage and won the battle up front tonight.  We made some mistakes at critical times that resulted in scores for Southland.  We gave them a short field at they capitalized on it.  With a youthful team, we are learning each week.  We have to continue to be more consistent play to play on our execution and continue to teach situational football.

“I thought our kids did a good job of continuing to battle and never giving in — that’s my biggest takeaway from the game and what I learned about this team.  We have great kids we are working with.  They will come ready to get back to work Monday.  That is important as we prepare for an undefeated USC team coming to town for Homecoming next week.”

United South Central is currently 5-0 on the season and is currently ranked eighth in the state in the latest Associated Press poll.  In the QRF (Minnesota Scores) poll USC is ranked third in the state and is the top ranked team in Section 2A. 

This is Homecoming week so the kids should be fired up, plus playing a ranked team may give them some extra motivation.

Scoring by quarters

Fillmore Central 6-0-0-12 = 18

Southland 0-7-7-14 = 28

Team stats vs. Southland

                                    Fillmore Central                       Southland

First downs             15                                                 17

Rushing                    37 carries, 167 yds                53 c, 193 yds

                                    2 TD’s, 1 fumble lost              2 TD’s, 1 fum. lost

Passing                    10/18, 51 yds                           4/10, 56 yds

                                    1 TD, 1 INT                                2 TD’s, 1 INT

Total offense          55 plays, 218 yds                   63 plays, 249 yds

                                    3 TD’s, 2 turnovers                4 TD’s, 2 turnovers

Penalties                 10, 95 yards                             10, 138 yds

Special teams

Kickoff return: Kiehne, 2/24.0; Haugerud, 1/6.0; Brown, 1/12.0; Raaen, 1/30.0.  Punt return: Peters, 1/-4.0.  Punter: Peters, 4/29.0.  Kickoff: Whalen, 2/41.5; Walsh, 1/10.0; Williams, 1/10.0.  Extra-point kicking: William Westh, 0/1.