Fall Creek scores late to top Auburndale football
By Paul Lecker
AUBURNDALE – Nick Steele returned the opening kickoff of the second half 85 yards for a touchdown to put Auburndale up by 13, but the Apaches could not hold on and lost 20-19 to Fall Creek in a nonconference football game Friday night at Auburndale High School.
Auburndale is now 2-3, while Fall Creek improves to 3-2.
Kurt Jankowski scored on a 9-yard touchdown in the first quarter for the Apaches, who took the 7-0 lead into halftime.
Steele’s big return put Auburndale on top 13-0 before Fall Creek got its offense going.
Cody Folkers threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to Sawyer Rubeck to get the Crickets on the board.
Jankowski, who rushed for a game-high 124 yards, added a 3-yard touchdown run to put the Apaches up 19-7.
Folkers threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, the final one going 31 yards to Christian LeMay with 45 seconds left to provide the winning points for Fall Creek.
Auburndale has another nonconference game at Phillips on Sept. 25.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
Crickets 20, Apaches 19
Fall Creek 0 0 7 13 – 20
Auburndale 7 0 12 0 – 19
A – Kurt Jankowski 9 run (Luke Olsen kick).
A – Nick Steele 85 kickoff return (PAT failed).
FC – Sawyer Rubeck 48 pass from Cody Folkers (Kick good), 9:17.
A – Jankowski 3 run (PAT failed).
FC – Christian LeMay 23 pass from Folkers, 10:59.
FC – LeMay 31 pass from Folkers, 0:45.
First downs: Fall Creek not reported; Auburndale 15.
Rushing (att-yards): Fall Creek 29-38; Auburndale 49-191.
Passing (comp-att-yards-int): Fall Creek 11-24-208-0; Auburndale 5-16-61-0.
Penalties (no.-yards): Fall Creek 4-29; Auburndale 6-55.
Punting (no.-avg.): Fall Creek 5-38.4; Auburndale 5-29.4.
Rushing: FC, Tanner Kurth 4-29, Ryan Taiteno 5-16, Ross Cornellison 9-14, Sawyer Rubeck 1-7, Cody Folkers 10-minus 28. A, Kurt Jankowski 35-124, Aaron Willfahrt 8-39, Nathan Engelbright 3-25, Ryan Isaacson 3-minus 1.
Passing: FC, Folkers 11-24-208-0. A, Isaacson 5-16-61-0.
Receiving: FC, Rubeck 5-116, LeMay 3-72, Ethan Ritger 1-19, Kurth 2-1. A, Willfahrt 3-39, Cameron Ertl 1-12, Dylan Peplinski 1-10.
Punting: FC, Rubeck 5-38.4. A, Keller Wolfe 5-29.4.
Records: Fall Creek 3-2; Auburndale 2-3.