Falcons fall to Bethlehem Academy in football

DEB FINSETH/NEWS LEADER The Fillmore Central Falcons hosted Bethlehem Academy from Faribault last Friday night. Above, junior Carson Kiehne runs the ball for the Falcons.

DEB FINSETH/NEWS LEADER Alec Sikkink (No. 20) carries the ball with Carson Kiehne (No. 2) and Caleb Kunz (No. 75) providing blocking. The Falcons lost, 14-35.
Bill Bentson

The Fillmore Central football team lost its third straight game Friday 35-14 to Faribault Bethlehem Academy. The team is 0-1 against other Section 1A teams, losing to Goodhue in week two.

“We played well for a play or two,” said head coach Chris Mensink,” and then we would have a breakdown in concentration and focus, and let them out.  I felt like we had a great week of preparation and the kids were in tune to their tendencies.

“We need to focus for all 130 plays of the game and stay engaged.  We need to get a ground game going and take some pressure off the passing game.  And, we need to take care of the football.  We are going to get better next week.  We have great kids and they will continue to work.”

The Falcons had eight yards (net) of rushing offense, five from Carson Kiehne (7 carries), 16 from Hadrian Williams (5c) and -13 yards from Zach Haugerud (5 carries).

In the passing department, Haugerud completed six of 27 for 157 yards.  He had one touchdown and three interceptions.  Kiehne caught two of the passes for 120 yards and a touchdown, Grant Kennedy had two receptions for eight yards with one catch each for Cory Brown (24 yards) and Williams (5 yds).

Fillmore Central fell behind 14-0 and finished the first half at that score. 

The Falcons cut the deficit to one score (14-7) midway through the third quarter when Haugerud connected with Kiehne for an 83-yard touchdown.   Theo Lehmann kicked the extra point for the Falcons. 

BA scored five plays later, but Hadrian Williams made the deficit one touchdown once again when he returned the Cardinal kickoff 67 yards for Fillmore Central’s second touchdown.  Lehmann kicked the extra point, but that was the end of the Falcon scoring.

Bethlehem Academy scored two more touchdowns, making the final score 35-14 in favor of BA.

Kiehne topped the Falcon defense, being involved in 13 tackles, seven solos and six assists.  He had two solo tackles for losses and was in on two assisted tackles for losses.  Ajay Ristau was in on 10 tackles (4s,6a) and Alec Sikkink (4s,4a) and Kennedy (6s,2a) were in on eight tackles.  Others getting in on the tackle stats were Caleb Kunz (2s, 5a), Williams (5s,1a, 1stfl), Brown (3s,1a), Nathan Burke (1s, 3a), Mason Berg (2s,1a), Nick Whalen (1s, 2a), Nolan Bremseth (2s, 1stfl), Stefan Nikoloski (1s,1a), Jecob Wood (1s), Jeremy O’Connor (1a) and Haven O’Connor (1a).  Also coming up with assisted tackles for a loss were J O’Connor, Brown, Whalen, Kunz and Burke.  Getting take-aways for the Falcons were Kennedy (INT) and Brown (fumble recovery).

Friday night the Falcons host Lewiston-Altura, a Class AA school with a 3-0 record.

Scoring by quarters

Bethlehem Academy 7-7-6-15 = 35

Fillmore Central 0-0-14-0 = 14


Team stats

                                BA                                       FC

First downs         20                                        5

Rushing               49 carries, 222 yds       17 carries, 8 yds

                                4 TD’s, 1 fum. Lost        0 TD’s, 0 fum. lost

Passing               14/21, 161 yds               6/28, 157 yds

                                1 TD, 1 INT                       1 TD, 3 INT

Total offense     70 plays, 383 yards      45 plays, 165 yds

                                5 TD’s, 2 turnovers       1 TD, 3 turnovers

Other                    3 PAT, 1-2pt. con.         2 PAT , 1 TD (KO return)

Penalties             7, 60 yards                       6, 61 yds