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UWRF Football: Falcons finish winless on road

The UW-River Falls football team's road woes continued at UW-La Crosse last Saturday, Nov. 3, as the Facons remained winless on the road this season with a 29-14 loss to the Eagles.

The loss dropped UWRF to 3-6 overall, including 0-4 on the road. The good news is it was the last road game for the Falcons, who will host UW-Stevens Point in the final game of the season this Saturday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. at David Smith Stadium. The Pointers also bring a record of 3-6 into the contest.

Last Saturday at La Crosse, UWRF trailed 26-0 in the third quarter and was held to just 35 total rushing yards in a 15-point loss to the Eagles, who improved to 6-3 overall.

The Falcons nearly forced two turnovers on the first two plays of the game, but Antoin Kealoha's interception on the Eagles first play was negated by a holding penalty and La Crosse quarterback Ben Schramski recovered his own fumble on the next snap. Schramski then found Dominic Labellarte for a 72-yard touchdown on the next play and it was all down hill for the Falcons from there.

After UWRF came up short in 4th-and-4 at the Eagle 4-yard line on its first possession, the teams traded three-and-outs before La Crosse put together an 8-play, 66-yard drive to extend its lead to 14-0.

The Eagles added a 26-yard field goal midway through the second quarter to take a 17-0 lead at the half.

La Crosse got a safety to start the third quarter and another long touchdown pass from Schramski to Laballerte following the Falcon's punt to widen the gap to 26-0.

The Falcons finally got on the board with a 4-yard touchdown run by backup quarterback Kole Hinrichsen that capped a 7-play, 56-yard drive with 6:48 remaining in the third quarter.

Hinrichsen then hit Trenton Monson for a 71-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter to make it a 26-14 game. For Monson, it put him at 715 receiving yards this season, giving him 2,023 yards for his career, seven yards shy of the school's all-time record set by Michael Zweifel in 2008.

Monson was the only Falcon with more than two catches Saturday, hauling in nine passes for 128 yards. Hinrichsen completed 9-of-22 passes for 153 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions after taking over for starter Ben Beckman, who completed 9-of-23 passes for 58 yards in a little more than two quarters of play.

Sam Altena carried the ball 15 times for 51 yards but factoring in 28 yards in sacks and lost yardage the Falcons finished with a net total of 35 yards on the ground.

Junior linebacker Max Praschak of Somerset increased his league-leading solo tackle total to 61 through eight games with 12 more against the Eagles Saturday.

UWRF will host Stevens Point on Senior Day at 2 p.m. Saturday at David Smith Stadium looking to match their win total of four from the previous three seasons.

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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