Falcons open 2019 football season at home Friday

Bill Bentson

Fillmore Central opens the 2019 football season at home Friday night against United South Central of Wells.

“Our kids have put in a good off-season and summer in the weight room and at practices to prepare themselves for the 2019 season,” said head coach Chris Mensink. “They really get along well and have great team chemistry.  We have some experience back to build off of and expect to get better each week as the kids gain more experience and confidence.”

Top returning players include:

Hadrian Williams is a senior guard/defensive end who will move to fullback/linebacker this year.  He was all-district last year with 43 tackles (26 solo) and an interception.

Carson Kiehne is a junior running back/linebacker who was named all-district. He had 63 rushes for 284 yards and six touchdowns plus 21 receptions for 313 yards and two touchdowns.

Nick Whalen and Nate Burke also return to anchor the team’s offensive and defensive lines.

Cory Brown is a senior wide receiver/defensive back with 11 catches for 165 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Mason Berg is a senior wide receiver/safety.

Newcomers expected to make an impact:

Zach Haugerud, junior quarterback/linebacker.

Nick Marzolf, senior offensive and defensive lineman.

Wyatt Breeser, junior wide receiver/defensive back.

Nolan Bremseth, junior offensive and defensive lineman.

Grant Kennedy, junior wide receiver/defensive back.

Caleb Kunz, junior offensive and defensive lineman.

Ajay Ristau, junior running back/linebacker.

Haven O’Connor, sophomore offensive and defensive lineman.

Alec Sikkink , sophomore running back/linebacker.

Stefan Nikoloski, senior offensive and defensive lineman.

Coach Mensink said he expects the team to improve each week this season.

“We are a fairly youthful team but this will be a benefit for us as the season goes along and our kids gain confidence and improve on the small details of the game.  We have great kids and I expect them to respond well,” he said. 

There are a few changes this year as the team is excited about opening its new facility with many upgrades in Harmony.  The schedule also has many changes this year as the team faces Goodhue, Faribault BA and Lewiston-Altura since Kingsland and Southland joined the nine-man district. 

“Our district and section are always tough and we expect to be in that mix,” Mensink said. “Goodhue, Blooming Prairie, R-P are always tough and Randolph is coming into our section this year coming off a nice season as well.  It will be fun and we are looking forward to it.”