Wildcats win wild one over SpartansAlex Call’s 4-yard touchdown run with 5 seconds remaining gave the River Falls Wildcats a 34-28 win over the Superior High School football team Friday night before more than 1,000 fans at Ole Haugsrud Field.
Alex Call’s 4-yard touchdown run with 5 seconds remaining gave the River Falls Wildcats a 34-28 win over the Superior High School football team Friday night before more than 1,000 fans at Ole Haugsrud Field.
Call’s scramble around the right end put the finishing touches on a wild game that saw 35 points scored in the fourth quarter.
Trailing 20-7, Superior quarterback Spencer Urban found Kyle Turkowski alone down the right sidelines for a 29-yard touchdown pass on the second play of the fourth quarter. McKenzie Schwarz’s extra-point kick got the Spartans within 20-14.
River Falls got that touchdown back 1:24 later when Aaron Rodewell ran untouched up the middle from 24 yards out. Alex Call’s kick gave the Wildcats a 27-14 lead.
After both teams failed to pick up first down on its next drives, a 20-yard punt by River Falls gave the Spartans the ball at the 25-yard line.
The Spartans moved the ball to the 8, but Jon Helegson picked off a Urban pass in the end zone with 5:06 remaining and fans started heading for the exits.
But on the very next play, Superior’s Jaylon Brown recovered a fumble at the 23-yard line and five players later Urban threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jack Kline. Schwarz’s kick got the Spartans within 27-21 with 3:47 left.
On River Falls’ second play on its next drive the Spartans took a 28-27 lead when Anthony Valentine intercepted a Call pass at the 16-yard line and returned it for a touchdown.
Superior’s Jake Libal recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff giving the Spartans the ball at the 28 with 3:10 remaining.
The Spartans failed to pick up a first down and turned the ball over to the Wildcats at the 25 with 2:19 remaining.
River Falls then caught a break when Libal deflected a pass, but the ball went right into the arms of Wildcats’ John Maillette for a 35-yard gain.
One play after Superior’s Ben Erickson sacked Call giving River Falls a third-and-20 at the 25, Superior was called for pass interference giving the Wildcats a first down at the 13 with 23 seconds left.
Three plays later Call scored the winning touchdown when he scrambled around the right end, avoided a Spartan defender at the 5-yard line, and scored with five seconds remaining. Call also kicked the extra point for a 34-28 lead.
River Falls took a 3-0 lead on Call’s 25-yard field goal 3:51 into the game.
Tyler Nystrom’s kickoff return to the 40 set up a 60-yard scoring drive that ended with Urban running for a 5-yard touchdown around the right end. Schwarz’s kick gave Superior a 7-3 lead with 5:06 left in the first quarter.
River Falls took the lead right back thanks to a 9-yard, 65-yard drive that ended with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Call to Eric Wunrow.
Superior played giveaway the rest of the first half starting with a fumble at the River Falls’ 8-yard line. Helgeson’s first interception of the game was followed by a nine-play 78-yard drive that ended with Rodewell running up the middle from 5 yards out.
Another Superior fumble on its next possession, led to a Call 41-yard field goal as time expired in the first half.
The Spartans, 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the Big River Conference, play at River Falls at 7 p.m. Friday.
River Falls 10 10 0 14 — 34
Superior 7 0 0 21 — 28
RF—Alex Call 25yard field goal, 8:09.
SHS—Spencer Urban, 3-yard run (McKenzie Schwarz kick), 5:05.
RF—Eric Wunrow 14-yard pass from Call (Call kick), 1:08.
RF—Aaron Rodewald 5-yard run (Call kick), 1:20.
RF—Call 41-yard FG, 0:00.
SHS—Kyle Turkowski 28-yard pass from Urban (Schwarz kick), 11:32.
RF— Rodewald 24-yard run (Call kick), 10:08.
SHS—Jack Kline 5-yard pass from Urban (Schwarz kick), 3:47.
SHS—Anthony Valentine 16-yard interception return (Schwarz kick), 3:26.
RF—Call 4-yard run (Call kick), 0:05.
First Downs 17 15
First Downs: R-P-Pen 7-9-1 9-6-0
Rushing Yards 194 152
Passing: Comp.–Att. 19/35 11/31
Passing Yards 213 143
Passing: TDs–Int 1/1 2/2
Total Offense 407 295
Fumbles-Lost 2/2 2/2
Penalties-Yards 3/20 1/15
Def. Sacks 0 2
Time of Possession 26:53 21:07
Punts-Avg. 3/34.0 1/31
SHS—Spencer Urban, 9-42; Raheem Vann, 8-39; Aaron Wakefield-Zubiate, 7-13; Anthony Valintine, 3-10; Brandon Gustafson, 1-10; Ben Erickson, 3-8; Addison Schwarz, 1-8; Jaylon Brown, 1-1; Tyler Nystrom, 3-7; Mike DeMoure, 1-8; Ean Fredericks, 1-2; Kyle Turkowski, 1-4.
SHS—Urban 11-31—143. RF—Alex Call, 19-35—213.
SHS—Valentine, 3-56; Jack Kline, 4-32; Vann, 1-18; Wakefield-Zubiate 1-(-1); Erickson, 1-8; Kasey Keup, 1-3; Turkowski, 1-28.