Exciting game, tough finish for Tigers football
The Hinckley-Finlayson football team came to Rush City last Friday, and after a tough, exciting contest the Jaguars took home a 28-20 victory.
Rush City senior running back Matt Mallinger ran for 128 yards, while junior quarterback Brandon Koehnle threw for 77 — all to senior wide receiver Dalton Folkema who scored two touchdowns.
Sophomore running back Spencer Warner rushed for his first touchdown on the season and added a two point conversion.
“For the fans, I’m sure this was an exciting game filled with exciting touchdowns and multiple turnovers,” said Coach Paul Kirby. “But for the coaches we hoped to see more consistent play. Unfortunately, we made some mistakes and Hinckley-Finlayson capitalized, immediately turning those mistakes into scores. They fared well in the conference last year and returned many upperclassmen. Because of that, they are a competitive conference opponent that we can measure ourselves by.
“Although I’m not pleased with the outcome, I did see a fighting spirit in our players. Down on the scoreboard and facing injuries to several key players, our guys never gave up and battled to the final horn. Senior captain Matt Mallinger continues to run hard adding another 100 plus yard game. And it was good to see Brandon Keohnle connect with Dalton Folkema on two TDs.”
Rush City football is 0-2 in the Great River Conference and 1-2 overall. The Tigers will travel to Duluth Marshall to face the Hilltoppers at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21.