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ACGC outside linebacker Cody Berghuis hugs the football to his body after recovering the third BOLD lost fumble of the first quarter to set up a 20-yard TD drive for a 7-0 Falcons lead Friday at Grove City. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Prep football: Falcons power past Warriors

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GROVE CITY — In a West Central Conference rumble to launch the season, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City rolled over BOLD 41-16 on Friday.

Big plays made the difference, with the Falcons scoring on a 64-yard blocked field goal return and an 86-yard pass play, with David Kinzler on the money end of both plays.


BOLD did itself no favors by fumbling six times and losing five of them.

It was a stunning turnabout from last season’s opening game in Olivia, in which the Warriors overwhelmed ACGC 30-0.

Both teams ended up getting as far as the Minnesota State Tournament semifinals before suffering narrow loses, ACGC in Class A and BOLD in Class AA.

BOLD let Friday’s game slip away early.

The Warriors coughed the ball up four times in the first quarter — each time inside their own 30 — and twice the Falcons converted the gifts into touchdowns.

Alex Pankratz carved right end for a 5-yard score and Maverick Whitcomb rumbled through the middle, also from the 5.

In between, Trent Athmann got outside the Falcons’ containment on a 78-yard run down the far sideline that tied the game 7-7.

BOLD lost a 61-yard TD connection on an offensive pass interference penalty. Nick Kubesh kicked a short field goal to close to 13-10, but quarterback Derek Dengerud directed a clock-killing drive capped by a screen pass to Mitchel Macek a two-point conversion for a 21-10 lead at half.

Kinzler’s blocked field goal return in the third quarter was a killer, and then Falcons’ quarterback Derek Dengerud connected with Taylor Larson on a 37-yard scoring play that all but iced the game.

Kinzler and Dengerud teamed up on the 86-yard scoring plays in the fourth quarter.

ACGC plays host to Melrose on Friday while BOLD plays Minnewaska — a 31-14 winner over Morris/Chokio-Alberta — in Olivia on Friday.

ACGC 41, BOLD 16

BOLD (0-1)          7 3 0 6 — 16

ACGC (1-0)          13 8 13 7 — 41

A – Alex Pankratz 5 run (Lucas Damm kick)

B – Trent Athmann 78 run (Nick Kubesh kick)

A – Maverick Whitcomb 5 run (kick blocked)

B – Kubesh 21 FG

A – Mitchel Macik 9 pass from Derek Dengerud (Colton Minnick pass from Taylor Larson)

A – David Kinzler 64 return of blocked field goal (kick failed)

A – Larson 37 pass from Dengerud (Damm kick)

A – Kinzler 86 pass from Dengerud (Damm kick)

B – Jon Schulte 1 run (run failed)


Team statistics

First downs: 9 … Rushing: 37-190 … Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 5-18-99-1 … Fumbles lost: 5 … Penalties: 2-20

Individual statistics

Rushing: Trent Athmann 7-90, Ben Steffel 17-54, Riley Connor 3-15, Lane Stadther 4-11, Jon Schulte 3-10, Brad Wolff 3-10 … Passing: Stadther 5-16-99-1, Ethan Weis 0-2-0-1 ... Receiving: Athmann 2-48, Trevor Nissen 2-38, Steffel 1-13 … Punting: Nick Kubesh 1-30 (30.0) … Interceptions: None … Fumble recoveries: NA … Tackles (solo-assist): NA … QB sacks: NA


Team statistics

First downs: 10 … Rushing: 44-108 … Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 6-11-172-0 … Fumbles lost: 1 … Penalties: 6-56

Individual statistics

Rushing: Mitchel Macik 10-42, Jordan Nelson 19-38, Tanner Olson 2-14, Brett Busskohl 2-10, Maverick 5-9, Alex Pankratz 3-7, Tye Olson 1-(-3), Derek Dengerud 2-(-9) … Passing: Dengerud 6-11-172-0 ... Receiving: David Kinzler 2-101, Taylor Larson 1-37, Colton Minnick 2-25, Macik 1-9 … Punting: Kinzler 4-146 (36.5) … Interceptions: Damm 1-0 … Fumble recoveries: Cody Berghuis 2, Kinzler 1, Beau Anderson 1, Damm 1 … Tackles (solo-assist): Macik 0-9, Erik Cihlar 3-4, Berghuis 2-5, Kinzler 3-3, Jordan Fester 0-5, Anderson 0-4, Busskohl 3-1, Nelson 0-4, Cullen Hoffman 0-4, Whitcomb 0-4, Pankratz 2-1, Ty Soine 0-3 … QB sacks: None

Tom Larson

Tom Larson is the sports editor of the West Central Tribune.

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