High school football: Falcons fly by Royals

High school football: Falcons fly by Royals

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High school football: Falcons fly by Royals

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS

Mike English and his fellow Abbotsford receivers used their height advantage to pick apart the Assumption secondary, with the help of quarterback Garrett Rau.

The Falcons’ passing attack yielded 209 yards and three touchdowns as Abbotsford picked up its first win of the season with a 26-7 victory over the Royals on Saturday afternoon at South Wood County Field. Abbotsford improved to 1-3 and Assumption slipped to the same 1-3 mark.

The Abbotsford receiving crew, which ranges from the 6-foot-3 English to the 6-6 Nate Kunze, simply jumped over the shorter Assumption defensive backs, coming down with nearly ever pass Rau threw their way. Throw Mike’s twin brother, Eric English (6-4), into the mix and that receiving corps can create coverage mismatches against opposing defenses.

“It’s nice to have a line that holds its blocks so our quarterback can get the ball to us,” said Mike English, who scored touchdowns of 13 and 21 yards. “It’s nice to have the height advantage, but our quarterback does a nice job getting the ball out to us.”

Added Rau, “Our receivers are so tall, it’s easy to get the ball to them. All I do is throw it up within 10 yards … and they go get it, break some tackles and get into the end zone. It’s a blast.”

Abbotsford drove 68 yards in six plays on its first possession and capped it with with a 13-yard pass from Rau to Mike English.

In the second quarter, Kunze got in on the scoring when he stretched from the 2-yard line and crossed the goal line for a 13-0 lead.

The Falcons’ receivers dropped just one pass and caught 11 for 209 yards. They tacked on another 104 on the ground, with most of that coming in the second half.

Assumption ran the ball well, rushing for 162 yards, but penalties and turnovers undid several drives deep in Abbotsford territory. The Falcons recovered two of the Royals’ fumbles and scored 13 points on the extra opportunities.

“Our offensive totals weren’t terrible, but it didn’t look like it on the scoreboard,” Assumption coach Jeff Sullivan said. “We had some nice drives, and we’d make a mistake and kill it.

“We had a tough time covering their receivers,” Sullivan said. “When your defensive backs are 5-9 and you’re going up against 6-3, 6-4 and 6-6, it’s a tough matchup.”

The Royals had a shot to score before the half but ran out of time. They faced a similar situation in the fourth quarter, but running back Andy Eichinger scored from 16 yards out with 13 seconds left in the game to make it 26-7.

“It was nice to end with a score, but it would have been nice to do it the whole game,” Eichinger said.

Abbotsford 7 6 13 0 26
Assumption 0 0 0 7 7

ABB — Mike English 13 pass from Garrett Rau (Edgar Cruz kick)

ABB — Nate Kunze 6 pass from Rau (Kick failed)

ABB — Jesse Jackel 2 run (Cruz kick)

ABB — M.English 21 pass from Rau (Kick failed)

ASSUM — Andy Eichinger 16 run (Brian Davis kick)

Individual leaders

Rushing: Abby, Jackel 12-49, Ethan Kramas 8-36; Assup, Eichinger 14-113, Kolt Linzmeier 8-39.

Passing: Abby, Rau 11-12-209-0; Assump, Isaac Kollock 5-11-90-0.

Receiving: Abby, M.English 4-60-2, Eric English 3-75-0, Kunze 3-68-1; Assump, Jon Trickey 1-33-0, Eichinger 1-28-0, Devin Kollock 2-23-0.

Records: Abbotsford 1-3 overall and Cloverwood; Assumption 1-3 overall and Cloverwood.

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