Football: Wingers blown out by Faribault
Red Wing gave everything it had, often moving the ball against the Faribault defense. But for the 23rd-straight regular season game, the Wingers were unable to pull out a win, falling 49-6 Friday night.
The host Falcons scored the first two touchdowns of the game, the first on Alex Gardner's 13-yard run four plays into the game, and the second on Mitch Nelson's 23-yard scamper with 10 minutes, 38 seconds left in the second quarter. Both came after other big plays, with Nelson hitting Trey Krannich on a 31-yard halfback option pass to setup the first score, and Nelson setting himself up on a 17-yard run on the first play of the drive from Red Wing's 40.
The Wingers answered with two big Anthony Flucas runs to set up a Marcus Walm touchdown pass to Mac DeSutter from 8-yards out with 6:56 on the second-quarter clock. The two-point pass failed and Red Wing was down 14-6 and looking to make it closer.
But Krannich hauled in a 32-yard pass from Joe Palmer to give the Falcons a 22-6 lead, adding a two-point conversion pass from Palmer to Ethan Erickson 1:52 until halftime. Faribault followed that up with a 36-yard Nelson run and conversion to go up 30-6 just 36 seconds before the break.
That score came after the Wingers connected on a 31-yard gain on fourth down, but was cancelled out by an illegal participation penalty, which is usually called when a player steps out of bounds and comes back in to touch the ball.
Nelson opened Faribault's first second-half drive with a 29-yard run, followed by a Palmer-to-Dylan Lippert connection for 23 yards. Gardner capped the drive with a 17-yard run and a 37-6 lead at 8:28 of the third.
On Red Wing's next drive, a bad snap on fourth down resulted in a 20-yard punt and the Falcons were ready to capitalize, but the Wingers held.
Faribault would score on its next possession, though, with Gardner ripping off a 30-yard run, Taylor Day sprinting for 16, and Cael Casteel punching in from 3-yards out for a 43-6 lead 3 minutes into the fourth.
The final score came at 3:29 on Casteel's 53-yard run.
Red Wing quarterback Marcus Walm finished 7-for-17 for 59 yards before leaving with a third-quarter injury. Backup Henry Davig went 3-for-8 for 20 yards. Mac DeSutter, who battled injuries as well, rushed six times for 33 yards while Flucas carried 17 times for 132 yards.
Palmer connected on 5-of-7 passes for 100 yards, with Nelson toting the ball 17 times for 185 yards. Gardner added nine carries for 82 yards. The Falcons outgained the Wingers 524-240 in the game.
Red Wing (0-6) hosts second-ranked Winona next week. The Winhawks beat Mankato East, 48-14, on Friday.