The Faribault Falcons ended their home schedule undefeated with a 43-14 win tonight over the Marshall Tigers at Bruce Smith Field.

Faribault took awhile to get going after scoring on their opening drive of the game on a Matthias Lenway 1 yard plunge into the end zone. Senior kicker Edwardo Solis kicked the extra point.  The Falcons converted on a 4th and 15 during the drive thanks to a pass from Hunter Nelson to Lenway to keep the drive alive.

Marshall stymied Faribault on their next drive forcing a punt which may have been the play that determined the rest of the game.

Nelson kicked a 67 yard punt that flipped the field for the rest of the first half.  The Tigers had to start the drive on their 6 yard line and punted the ball giving Faribault the ball at the 43 of Marshall.

6:16 to go in the first half Nelson hit a go route to Worrell who blew by his defender to easily score on a 27 yard touchdown.  Nelson ran in the two point conversion to make it 15-0.

Nelson hit Worrell again for a 29 yard touchdown with 2:32 to go in the first half.  The extra point kick was good again by Solis.

Faribault took a 22-0 lead into the lockeroom at halftime.

Marshall got the ball to start the second half but their deep kickoff return guys had trouble catching and hanging onto the ball resulting in poor starting field position.

The Tigers started at their 11, 17 and 12 yard like to start the second half.

In the first series Falcons junior linebacker Beau Schrot intercepted a pass to give Faribault the ball at the 25 of Marshall.

The Falcons did not score on that drive but did with :38 to go in the third quarter when Lenway ran into the end zone from 4 yards out.  Solis added the extra point.

11:57 to go in the game Nelson darted into the end zone from 4 yards away.  The extra point kick by Solis was good to make the score 36-0.

Falcons senior Elijah Hammonds went in to play running back, hit the hole with authority and outraced everyone to the end zone for a 34 yard touchdown.  Solis nailed another extra point kick.

Marshall scored their two touchdowns on a 56 yard run with 9:49 to go in the game and a 8 yard run with 2:31 left in the game.

The Tigers end their season 4-5.

#3 seed Faribault, now 6-3, goes to #2 Willmar (6-2) Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.  The Cardinals ended the regular season with a 17-0 loss to Becker

Statistics in the game were fairly even.  Faribault had 302 yards of total offense, Marshall 284.  The Tigers threw for 135 yards, Falcons 128.

Faribault had 174 yards on the ground, Marshall 149.

The Falcons finished the game with 21 first downs, the Tigers 14.

Lenway had 115 yards rushing on 20 carries, two td's.  Hammonds 41 yards with two carries and a score.

Nelson was 12 of 20 passing for 128 yards, two touchdowns.  Six different Faribault players had catches led by Jordan Klecker with 4 for 15 yards.

Worrell had 2 receptions for 56 yards and two touchdowns.  Lenway two catches for 22 yards.  Isaac Mata two for 19 yards.  Ian Ehlers and Beau Schrot each had one catch.

Defensively Schrot led the tackle charts with 6, 4 solo.  Tim Neirby had 4 tackles, 3 solo and a sack.

Other playoff football results Tuesday:

  • Bethlehem Academy  44  Hayfield 18
  • Randolph 36  Kenyon-Wanamingo  32
  • Northfield 48  Austin 14
  • New Prague  34  Mankato East  21
  • Byron 41  Red Wing  0
  • Plainview-Elgin-Millville  37  Zumbrota-Mazeppa  0
  • Rochester Lourdes  28  Pine Island  0
  • Blooming Prairie  37  Medford  0
  • Lake City  41  LaCrescent  18
  • Triton 30  St. Charles  28
  • Winona 49  Albert Lea  20
  • Waseca  62  Belle Plaine  0
  • Luverne  23  Worthington  7
  • Rochester Century  40  Rochester John Marshall  28
  • Tri-City United  28  New Ulm  14
  • Goodhue  46  Dover-Eyota  12
  • Rushford-Peterson  32  Wabasha-Kellogg  6
  • Fillmore Central  18  Kingsland  0
  • St. Peter  30  Jordan  7
  • Maple River 46  LeSueur- Henderson  14
  • Blue Earth Area  49  Waterville-Elysian-Morristown  7
  • St. Clair/Loyola  13  New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva  7
  • Chatfield  60  Winona Cotter  14
  • Lewiston-Altura  34  Caledonia  14
  • Mayer Lutheran  42  Alden-Conger/Glenville-Emmons  0
  • Grand Meadow 42  Houston  14
  • Lester Prairie  37  Cleveland  0
  • Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop  42  Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton  12
  • Lanesboro  53  Lyle-Pacelli  0
  • Southland  19  Spring Grove  12
  • Leroy-Ostrander  57  Mabel-Canton  6
  • United South Central  39  New Ulm Cathedral  7
  • Apple Valley  27  Bloomington Jefferson  13

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