Falcons run over Tigers

Published 1:11 am Saturday, October 15, 2011

Albert Lea quarterback Ethan Abben escapes pressure Friday in the pocket and scrambles for a positive gain. -- Garrett Wampler

It hasn’t been a secret to many teams of how to dismantle the Albert Lea football team.

Run it up the middle.

Pitch right, pitch left.

Run an option play.

But whatever you do, just keep the ball on the ground.

Faribault received the memo prior to Friday nights game, and they did just that, carrying the ball 61 times for 334 yards and six touchdown runs in a 42-17 victory over Albert Lea (1-6, 1-5 Big Nine).

“No matter what in football, it comes down to passion and the heart to go play,” said Max Jeffrey, Albert Lea’s head coach. “I didn’t see a lot of passion in the first half which is disappointing, but the second half was different.”

After the Falcons (4-3, 3-3) scored the games first five touchdowns, three by quarterback Jake Salaba, who finished with 115 yards on ten carries, the Tigers came out to play.

They weren’t going to settle for being shutout. Back-to-back big plays, a 29-yard reception by Cody Scherff and a 33-yard run by Makael Lunning, set up the Tigers at the three yard line, knocking on the Falcons front door.

On the next play Lunning took the inside give and found an opening to slip past the goal line for the score.

“Halftime was a family talk,” Jeffrey said. “It was a gut check time for us.”

“We could have gone one of two ways — we could have packed it in, or we could have come out and play like we know how to play football. And we did that in the second half.”

Albert Lea opened the Svendson 27-yard boot through the up rights.

The Tiger defense gave up a Brett Grossmann 10-yard touchdown scamper on the Falcons ensuing possession, but came right back with a scoring drive of their own.

It only took three plays for quarterback Ethan Abben to find Clayton Bratten on a 33-yard streak down the sideline for the touchdown.

Scoring came a little to late for the Tigers, but Jeffrey was just glad to see Albert Lea move the ball.

“We haven’t moved the ball well all year,” he said. “We challenged our offensive lineman to see if we could move the ball.”

“In the first half we had some runs and guys were blocking like I’ve never seen before and then it seemed like the wheels fell off.”

Albert Lea will travel to Austin on Wednesday for a date with the winless Packers (0-10).

Jeffrey said the players will have the weekend off and watch film on Monday before a longer practice session.

“We’re gonna win,” he said. “We’re going to win that game.”

“I have prepared all ready and I’ve seen the film on them. We’re going to be very prepared to play.”

Faribault 42, Albert Lea 17

FB 14 14 7 7_42

AL 0 0 6 11_17

First Quarter

FB_Caleb Becker 1 run (Nathaniel VanLoon good),.

FB_Mat Becker 3 run (Nathaniel VanLoon good), :50.5.

Second Quarter

FB_Jake Salaba 21 run (Nathaniel VanLoon good), 9:08.

FB_Jake Salaba 2 run (Nathaniel VanLoon good), :22.9.

Third Quarter

FB_Jake Salaba 9 run (Nathaniel VanLoon good), 4:21.

AL_Makael Lunning 3 run (no good), 2:09.

Fourth Quarter

AL_FG Shea Svendson 27, 10:41.

FB_Brett Grossmann 10 run (Nathaniel VanLoon good), 8:05.

AL_Clayton Bratten 36 pass from Ethan Abben (2-pt. good), 7:41.

FB AL

First downs 18 8

Rushes-yards 61-334 30-118

Comp-Att-Int 6-10-0 7-20-2

Passing 60 123

Total yards 394 241 Punts-avg. 1-31 4-24

Fumbles-lost 2-1 2-1

Penalties-yards 3-30 8-51.5

RUSHING_Faribault, Jake Salaba 14-115, Riley Jandro 13-89, Mat Becker 6-57, Caleb Becker 11-34, Brett Grossmann 10-30, Mitch Struve 4-10, Aaron Mata 2-1, Darien Wenker 1-(minus 2). Albert Lea, Makael Lunning 13-81, Bany Chan 8-26, Derek Burkard 1-14, Ethan Abben 8-(minus 3).

PASSING_Faribault, Jake Salaba 6-10-0-60. Albert Lea, Ethan Abben 7-20-2-123.

RECEIVING_Faribault, Aric Hallet 2-29, Mat Becker 1-17, Tanner Tousignant 2-16, Jake Fritz 1-6, Brett Grossmann 1-1. Albert Lea, Cody Scherff 2-71, Clayton Bratten 1-36, Dalton Westerlund 3-8, Makael Lunning 1-8.