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The River Falls High School student section gets fired up before the opening kickoff of the Wildcat football team’s home opener Friday night against Farmington. The Tigers spoiled the students “Beach Party” theme with a 30-20 victory. (River Falls Journal photos by Bob Burrows)
The River Falls High School student section gets fired up before the opening kickoff of the Wildcat football team’s home opener Friday night against Farmington. The Tigers spoiled the students “Beach Party” theme with a 30-20 victory. (River Falls Journal photos by Bob Burrows)

Farmington spoils football home opener

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The Wildcat defense forced four turnovers and returned two interceptions for touchdowns, but Farmington (Minn.) held on for a 30-20 victory in River Falls’ home opener Friday night at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field.

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Linebacker Sebastian Larson hauled in a tipped pass and returned it 60-yards for a touchdown in the first quarter and the Wildcats trailed by just four, 10-6, at halftime. But Farmington’s Jordan DeCrook returned the second half kickoff 89-yards for a touchdown, and after a River Falls fumble on the ensuing possession, Tiger quarterback Tyler VanWinkle tossed a 16-yard touchdown pass to Johnny Dittman to give Farmington a 23-6 lead just over two minutes into the second half.

River Falls’ defensive back Tim Rixmann picked off a VanWinkle pass and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown to make it a 23-12 game, but VanWinkle answered on the Tigers next possession with his third touchdown pass of the game, and 11-yarder to DeCrook, to give Farmington a 30-12 lead with one quarter remaining.

River Falls’ final points came in the final minute on a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback James Witt and a two-point conversion pass from Witt to Larson

See the Sept. 5 print edition of the River Falls Journal for the complete story.

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