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Triskaidekaphobia Football

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
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Lanesboro safety Will Semmen stonewalls Mabel-Canton RB Keyser Wenthold inside the 5-yardline. The play staved off a Cougar effort to get back into their game with the Burros. Lanesboro moved to 2-1 on the season with a 40-14 victory. Photo by Paul Trende

By Paul Trende

Every high school football player fears losing, but they fear losing badly even more. Friday the 13th is a notoriously (facetiously) feared day. In week three of the 2013 football season, the two came together. It was either a very lucky night for six of the seven Fillmore County Journal covered teams, or a very unlucky night. Of five games on Friday the 13th of September, just one was score was competitive.

In Spring Valley, the Fillmore Central Falcons handed it to Kingsland. McKinnen Stone rocked his way to three first half TD’s (runs of 2 and 5, reception of 31), the first three FC scores. Bryce Whitehill (1-yard run) and Collin Bennett (31-yard FG, 3 PATs) also got in on the early scoring action. At the half, FC led 30-0. Tyson Ristau (44-yard run) and Monty Holm (48-yard fumble return) tacked on two early second half scores. FC built a 43-0 lead. The final was 46-13. Stone (15-131, 2 TDs rushing; TD receiving), Tom Henry (11-102 rushing), and Ristau (5-64, TD rushing) were a three-pronged Falcon running menace. Bennett connected on two FG’s (31, 36 yards, 4-6 PATs). For Kingsland, sophomore QB Quinn Larson (14-25, 259 yards, 2 TD’s passing) and junior WR Marcus Plaehn (6 receptions, 180 yards, 2 TDs) were the bright spots. The Falcons improved to 2-1 in the SFA Blue Division, Kingsland falls to 0-4.

In Lanesboro, Mabel-Canton came to town. After weeks one (Lanesboro over Houston on the final play) and two (M-C over Houston in the final ticks), one could’ve expected some more 9-man drama. Burro senior tailback Niko Anderson had other ideas. Number 28 turned out to be unlucky for the Cougars.

Anderson racked up 200-plus first half yards and four TD runs (25, 44, 1, and 31) in leading the Burros to a 27-6 intermission lead. M-C had a couple red zone chances in the third quarter, a couple opportunities to make it a game. They came up empty-handed. Anderson sealed things with 72-yard jaunt late in the 3rd quarter. Lanesboro prevailed 40-14. Save for a late Liam Dorn 1-yard run, Anderson (23-327 yards, 5 TD’s rushing) and Lucas Rogers (4 of 6 PATs) scored every Burro point. Garret Boggs (QB) chipped in 82 yards rushing on 12 carries. Hunter Johnson (21-179, 2 TDs rushing) and Donnie Lind (5-83 receiving) led the way for M-C. The Burros are 1-1 in the SEC, 2-1 overall. M-C fell to 1-1, 1-2 overall.

Chatfield continued its post-Caledonia-defeat steam rolling. The Gophers used defense to blank Southland 41-0. They forced two fumbles, picked off Rebel QB Trent Reinertz twice, and recorded five sacks. Chatfield’s offense had three very short fields because of Southland miscues (two turnovers, bad punt snap). Jake Neis upped his 2013 TD-total to 12 with runs of 1, 9, and 11 yards (all in the second quarter). He led the Goph’s with 87 total yards offense (57 rushing). Alex Haffner (1 yard), Nate Skare (8 yards), and Carter Duxbury (17 yards) also found paydirt. The Gopher ‘D’ hasn’t allowed a point since the second quarter of game two versus W-K (10 quarters). The win moved Chatfield’s SFA Blue record to 3-1 (3rd place behind Caledonia and R-P). They aren’t ranked, but that is a travesty.

The score of the Rushford-Peterson/Hayfield affair appeared lopsided. The Trojans got the 28-0 victory. However, Hayfield dominated the ball. The Vikings out-gained R-P 285 to 144, and had twice as many first downs (18 to 9). The R-P defense stood tall and strong when it needed to. Hayfield made it to Trojan territory eight times. They were stopped on 4th down six times. The Trojans also had five total interceptions of Viking QB Cameron Rutledge, two each by Alex Vix and Cole Kingsley. Vix returned one 70-yards to paydirt. He added a short TD run (11 carries for 62 yards). Freshman speedster Noah Carlson (50 rushing yards, 34 receiving yards) had the other two R-P scores (runs of 14 and 1). The win moved R-P’s record to 3-0 in the SFA Blue Division, or tied for first place with Caledonia (3-0).

New Falcon Supremacy

For the past few years, the Wabasha-Kellogg Falcons have been a premier volleyball power in the 3-Rivers conference. With a state championship in 2010, and Sub-Section 1A East titles in 2011 and 2012, the Falcons-North have been the crème-de-la-crème. The Fillmore Central Falcons, in that span, put quality teams on the court, ones that were overshadowed. That is, until 2013. FC’s two treks to Wabasha in the span of three days marked an official changing of the Falcon guard. In the conference meeting between #8 in Class A FC and #10 in Class A W-K, the teal and black made a statement. They jumped out 10-2 in game one and cruised to a 25-14 win. A 5-0 run in the middle of game two made its score similar (25-16). Game three was headed in the same direction (FC led 22-16) before W-K let out a last gasp. They authored a 6-0 run and tied the contest at 22. But with the score 24-23, senior Tori Peterson took a chance and attacked on FC’s second hit. Her spike got a little help from the net and fell for the game and match clinching score. FC downed W-K 3-0. Peterson (9 kills), Taylor Case (11 kills, 14 digs, 2 aces), Leah Scheevel (11 kills), and Sammi Bakke (6 kills) were a balanced four-person attack crew W-K couldn’t counter. FC had 44 kills to W-K’s 17. Morgan Malley had 28 assists, but FC was pretty good at scoring via non-Malley sets (a varied offensive attack).

The Falcons then took the court at Wabasha few days later for W-K’s Veterans Invite. They didn’t win the tourney. They took second with both losses coming to (well) above-500 AAA-school Rosemount, 2-0 (11-25, 18-25) in a round of pool play, and 2-1 (22-25, 25-10, 12-15) in the gold (championship) bracket. FC beat three good teams in straight sets though, section foe Goodhue (25-18, 25-21), Kenyon-Wanamingo (25-22, 25-13) and Dover-Eyota (25-9, 25-18). The Wildcats, Knights, and Eagles entered with 8-1, 12-2, and 6-3 records respectively. FC also downed Durand Wisconsin (25-10, 25-8). Case (53 kills, 57 digs) and Malley (89 assists) were FC’s tournament statistical leaders. Case, a 5’11” senior OH, went over 1,000 kills for her career. FC upped their records to 3-0 and 8-2. They are essentially tied with Chatfield (4-0) atop the 3-Rivers.



•#8 in 9-man Spring Grove 28, Houston 24 (H: Christian Sires 11-20, 173 yards, TD passing; 14-69, TD rushing; Dylan Lee 5-72, TD receiving; Peter Jergenson/Christian Conley rushing TD each. SG: Caleb Happel 33-181 yards, 3 TD’s rushing; Dustin Vickerman 3-122, TD receiving. Hurricanes led 12-6, fell behind 20-12 in 3rd quarter, retook lead in 4th quarter 24-20, only to fall in final 4:00 on a Happel TD run. It’s their third loss in the closing minutes in as many games. They are 0-2 in the SEC, 0-3 overall.)



•Houston 3, LeRoy-Ostrander 0 • 25-19, 25-15, 25-21 (H: Abbey Loken 18 kills; Alexa Horihan 28 assists; Erica Langen 7 aces; Kelly Jerviss 6 kills)

•Lewiston-Altura 0, Chatfield 3 • 25-20, 25-21, 25-19 (C: Maddy Kammer 10 kills, 3 blocks, 3 aces; Brook Irish 10 kills; Gabrielle Salisbury 21 assists; Kirsten Keefe 13 digs)

•Lanesboro 1, Lyle/Pacelli 3 • 20-25, 16-25, 25-18, 15-25 (L: Olivia Haug 6 kills; Alexis Jorgenson 5 kills; Steph Erickson 15 assists, 3 aces)

•#5 in A Mabel-Canton 3, Schaeffer Academy 0 • 25-8, 25-12, 25-15 (M-C: Lydia Geving 8 kills, 6 aces, 5 digs; Sara Lind 7 kills, 2 blocks; Belle Sand 5 kills, 5 aces; Carly McCabe 28 assists)

•Rushford-Peterson 3, St. Charles 1 • 25-8, 20-25, 25-12, 28-26 (R-P: Sierra McNamer 10 kills; Haley Mueller 11 assists, 24-24 serving; Kendra Crawford 17 digs; Keela Brand 4 kills, 13 digs)

•#9 in A W-K 3, Kingsland 1 • 25-27, 19-25, 25-17, 21-25 (K: Brianna Musel 6 kills, 11 digs, 2 aces; Haley Colton 6 kills, 11 digs; Hannah Pruter 19 assists; Rialie Fenske 15 digs)


•Chatfield 3, Southland 0 • 25-13, 25-8, 25-17 (C: B. Irish 15 kills; M. Kammer 9 kills, 2 blocks, 2 aces; G. Salisbury 19 assists, 15-15 serving; K. Keefe 9 digs; Alex Duxbury 8 digs)

•Houston 1, Spring Grove 3 • 25-21, 24-26, 25-27, 17-25 (H: A. Loken 20 kills, 24 digs, 2 blocks, 2 aces; A. Horihan 35 assists; K. Jerviss 9 kills; Natalie King 7 kills, 2 blocks. Hurricanes are 4-2 in SEC, 6-7 overall.)

•Kingsland 1, St. Charles 3 • 25-22, 15-25, 22-25, 23-25 (K: B. Musel 7 kills, 15 digs; H. Pruter 17 assists; R. Fenske 16 digs; Taylor Link 15 digs, 14-14 serving)

•#5 in A M-C 3, Lanesboro 0 • 25-10, 25-11, 25-16 (M-C: B. Sand 10 kills; S. Lind 9 kills; C. McCabe 24 assists, 5 kills, 7 digs; Coranda Vickerman 25-25 serving, 10 aces. L: Kaia Hongerholt 7 kills; O. Haug 4 blocks. Cougars are 5-0 in SEC, 12-0 overall. They lead the conference. Burros are 1-6 in SEC and overall)

R-P 1, Caledonia 3 • 10-25, 25-16, 16-25, 23-25 (R-P: S. McNamer/Brianna Koop 5 kills; H. Mueller 10 assists; K. Crawford 14 digs; Carissa Bieberdorf 18-18 serving, 10 digs; K. Brand 10 digs. Trojans are 1-3, 7-6)


•Southland Tournament (Kingsland went 2-2. The Knights beat Lyle/Pacelli 1-1 (26-27, 25-16) and Schaeffer Academy 2-0 (25-8, 25-20) while losing to Medford 2-0 (13-25, 11-25) in Pool Play. In tournament play, they lost to Southland 2-1 (23-25, 25-21, 6-15) in the quarterfinals. Kingsland is 0-4, 3-7)

•Farmington Tournament (Chatfield went 2-2. Gophers beat Owatonna 2-1 (25-22, 17-25, 15-13) and lost to New Prague 2-0 (19-25, 19-25) in the first two rounds of pool play. They then beat Brainerd 2-0 (25-14, 25-19) and lost to Farmington 2-1(18-25, 25-20, 11-15) in the final two rounds. The Gophers are 4-0, 6-3)

Cross Country


•Dover-Eyota Invite (Boys Team: 1st P-E-M, 2nd L-A/R-P, 3rd Lake City, 8th (of 9) L/FC. Top 25 county boys: 2nd Austin O’Hare (LARP), 6th Ryan Ruberg (LARP), 17th Travis Troendle (L/FC), 18th Hunter Herber (LARP), 20th Dylan Linder (LARP), 25th Jeremiah Munson (LARP). Girls Team: 1st D-E, 2nd Lake City, 3rd P-E-M, 7th (of 7) LARP, L/FC incomplete. Top 25 county girls: 4th Kiera Olson (L/FC), 14th Leah Ruen (L/FC), 22nd Mariah Olson (LARP), 25th Bailey O’Hare (LARP))


•Mayo Invite (Boys Team: 1st Wayzata, 2nd Stillwater, 3rd Winona, 23rd (of 23) Kingsland. Hunter Meisner (134 of 160) was the top Knight finisher. Girls Team: 1st Wayzata, 2nd Burnsville, 3rd Eastview, 27th (of 27) Kingsland. Erica Earley (87th of 186) was the top Knight finisher.)


•Luther All-American Invite (Boys Team: 1st Charles City, 2nd Century, 3rd La Crosse-Central, 11th (of 16) Chatfield. Christian Bance finished 9th of 108 runners. Girls Team: 1st Decorah, 2nd Dubuque-Hempstead, 3rd La Crosee-Central, 17th (of 17) Chatfield. Karen Gomez finished 13th of 111 runners)

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