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High school football: Menomonie 26, River Falls 15

River Falls' Ryan Tierney cuts between a pair of Menomonie defenders for a first down after catching a pass from Alex Call in the second half of the Wildcats' 26-15 loss to the Mustangs Friday night at Ramer Field. Bob Burrows photo.

River Falls scored on its first two possessions of the second half to cut a 13-point halftime deficit to 13-9, but Menomonie held off the Wildcats for a 26-15 victory in a battle of undefeated teams Friday night at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field.

Colton Jones recovered a fumble on Menomonie's opening possession of the second half to set up a 35-yard field Alex Call field goal. On the second play of the Cats' ensuing possession, Call broke free for a 55-yard touchdown run to cut the Mustangs' lead to 13-9.

Menomonie added a touchdown late in the third quarter and another early in the fourth to extend its lead to 26-9. Call found Brad Freeborn for a 49-yard gain down to the two before Sam Lenzen took a direct snap and plunged over for a touchdown on the following play. Call's extra point attempt was blocked and the Mustangs' led 26-15.

The Wildcats had a 1st-and-10 at the Mustangs' 22 with just under three minutes remaining, but Call's 4th-and-29 pass intended for Call near the goal line was batted away and Menomonie escaped with the victory.

Menomonie improved to 4-0 overall, 3-0 and tied for first place in the Big Rivers Conference with Hudson, 49-14 winners over Eau Claire North Friday night. The Wildcats fell to 3-1 overall, 2-1 in BRC play.

See the Sept. 20 print edition of the River Falls Journal for more on the game.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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