River Falls Wildcats

River Falls showed some big play capability in its season opener at Menomonie Friday, Aug. 20, but not enough to beat the Mustangs.

Quarterback Vito Massa threw for over 200 yards, including completions of 53, 39 and 30 yards, and running backs Cole Evavold and Gavin Kohel combined for 105 yards on the ground by Menomonie ended the game on a 22-0 run to post a 28-6 victory over the Cats.

Evavold ran for a 23-yard gain on the game’s first offensive play but the Wildcats couldn’t sustain the drive and the Mustangs took a 6-0 lead midway through the first quarter.

Massa found Ethan Campbell for a 17-yard touchdown early in the second quarter and the missed extra point tied the score 6-6. Menomonie answered with the go-ahead touchdown on its ensuing drive and added the two-point conversion to take a 14-6 lead at the break.

The Wildcats were forced to punt out of their own end zone early in the second half, resulting in a short scoring drive for Menomonie that extended the lead to 21-6.

A River Falls fumble inside the Menomonie ten later in the quarter kept it a two-score game before the Mustangs got a 36-yard screen pass for a touchdown in the fourth to make the final 28-6.

Massa finished 10-of-22 passing for 202 yards while Evavold carried the ball 23 times for 78 yards and Kohel had six carries for 27 yards.

Campbell caught three passes for 48 yards, including the 17-yard touchdown, and Cade Myszewski had two catches for 74 yards while Jordan Karras had two catches for 44 yards and Nate Weick caught one ball for a 30-yard gain.

The Wildcats return to action Friday, Aug. 27 when they host Hudson in the battle for the Little Brown Jug at 7 p.m. at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field.

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