Fillmore Central falls to USC in football opener

DEB FINSETH/NEWS LEADER Senior lineman Nick Marzolf (No. 74) puts up a block to stop a United South Central player

DEB FINSETH/NEWS LEADER Fillmore Central hosted the United South Central Rebels last Friday, Aug. 30, for its season opener in Harmony. Above, Carson Kiehne (No. 2) carries the ball for Fillmore Central. The Falcons fell to the Rebels, 7-41.
Bill Bentson

“USC (United South Central, Wells) has a nice team,” said Fillmore Central football coach Chris Mensink, who was still optimistic Friday after the season opening game in spite of the lopsided 41-7 loss. 

“I liked the way we played the third quarter,” he said. “We came out with a nice drive and scored. We will continue to get better each week.”

The third quarter had a nice drive, 64 yards worth, in eight plays.  The scoring drive was highlighted by a 30-yard run by sophomore Carson Kiehne and a 31-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Zach Haugerud to senior wide receiver Cory Brown.  Senior Theo Lehmann kicked the extra-point.

The Falcons did have another shorter drive (27 yards) near the end of the game, but ran out of downs and had to give the ball back to USC.

Fillmore Central had nine possessions in the game, resulting in four punts, two interceptions, end of the quarter, loss of downs and the touchdown.

Individually, on offense, Haugerud had nine completed passes for 102 yards and one touchdown.  Hadrian Williams led the rushing game with five carries and 28 yards.  The Falcons only carried the ball 14 times in the game and had 21 passing attempts.

On defense, the team was led by Carson Kiehne (13 tackles, 8 solos and five assists), Jeremy O’Connor (9 tackles, 2s, 7a), Grant Kennedy (6 tackles, 3s, 3a), Hadrian Williams (10 tackles, 4s, 6a), and Caleb Kunz (11 tackles, 6s, 5a).  Also adding to the defense were (total, solos and assists): Trevor Hershberger (1), Mason Berg (3), Ajay Ristau (2), Cory Brown (4), Nick Whalen (4), Michael Barrett (2), Gunner Benson (1), and Nolan Bremseth (1).  Whalen had a pair of sacks, Kunz had a sack and Kiehne had a solo tackle for a loss.

“I was impressed with their quarterback (Isaac Meyer).  He ran the ball well and has a great arm and some nice big targets (AJ Kloos, Riley Staloch).  Their running back, Zach Niebuhr, is back for his third year and is a tough runner with great balance,” concluded Mensink.

Team scoring

USC 6-23-6-6 = 41

FC 0-0-7-0 = 7

Team stats

                                    USC                                                      FC

First downs             24                                                          7

Passing                    12/22, 109 yds                                 9/21, 102 yds

                                    3 TD’s, 1 INT                                      1 TD, 2 INTs

Rushing                    48 carries, 276 yds                         14 carries, 18 yards

                                    3 TD’s, 0 fumbles lost                    0 TD’s, 0 fumbles lost

Total yards              70 plays, 385 yds                            35 plays, 120 yds

                                    6 TD’s, 0 turnovers                         1 TD, 2 turnovers

Penalties                 3, 23 yds                                             2, 10 yds

This Friday the team travels to Goodhue to face a pretty good Wildcat team.