Faribault Football Rolls in the opening of the season

Faribault Falcons senior quarterback Hunter Nelson threw 5 first-half touchdown passes tonight in a 50-12 dominance over the Albert Lea Tigers at Bruce Smith Field.

The evening began with a tribute to former school board member and community volunteer Bruce Krinkie, who died Wednesday at the age of 78.

At half-time with the score in favor of the Falcons 50-0, there was a dedication of the new video scoreboard at the west end of the field.

Faribault scored 5 touchdowns in the first quarter. Albert Lea won the toss and chose to postpone handing the ball over to the Falcons to start the game. Faribault got an incredible block from the start and from their receivers to blast Matthias Lenway for a 33-yard touchdown with 10:01 left in the first quarter. Nelson hit Elijah Hammonds on a pass for two-point cover.

After stuffing the Tigers, Nelson threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Lenway with 6:20 left. Hammonds ran in the two-point conversion.

Following an Ian Ehlers interception for the Falcons, Nelson threw a quick pass to Jordan Klecker who rushed for 72 yards for 5:50 in the first quarter. Edwardo Solis kicked the extra point to bring the Faribault 23 Albert Lea score to 0.

After a fumble recovered by Tim Neirby, Elijah Hammonds accelerated 23 yards for a touchdown with 4:03 to go. The extra kick was good by Edwardo Solis.

Cashwise Foods of Owatonna’s play delivery came with 1:46 left in the first quarter as Nelson backed up and hit Isaac Mata in stride for 48 yards.

At the end of the first quarter, the score was 36-0 in favor of the Falcons.

Nelson was not finished. With 3:28 to go before the Hometown Credit Union of Faribault halftime report, Nelson joined AJ Worrell on 14 yards. Solis scored the extra point.

With 1:34 to go in the first half, Nelson connected with Worrell again on a 31-yard pass. Solis made the additional point.

It was 50-0 at halftime.

Albert Lea scored on a 46-yard pass with 18 seconds left in the third quarter and with 9:43 left in the game, their final score came on a pass covering 48 yards.

There were delays twice in the game when the sprinklers went off. That was about the only thing that went wrong for the Falcons.

Final stats showed Faribault with 521 yards on total offense and Albert Lea 200 yards.

The Falcons had 250 passing yards while the Tigers had 151 yards.

Albert Lea had 49 rushing yards on 30 attempts. Faribault finished with 271 rushing yards on 38 points.

The Malecha’s Auto Body of Faribault Crunch Time Faribault’s Players of the Match were Tim Neirby on defense and Hunter Nelson on offense.

Neirby led the team with 5 solo tackles, 2 sacks in a half game.

Nelson was 10 of 14 passes for 250 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Faribault heads to Byron on Friday, September 10, 2021 for a 7 p.m. game.

Albert Lea has his home opener against Stewartville on Friday September 10, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

In other area high school football games on Friday night:

  • Northfield 21 Austin 20
  • Winona Cotter 34 Alden-Conger / Glenville-Emmons 16
  • Mahtomedi 37 Valley of apples 7
  • Flower meadow 57 Hayfield 6
  • Kasson-Mantorville 31 Byron 21
  • Lake City 30 Caledonia 13
  • Cannon Falls 21 St. Charles 6
  • Fillmore Central 53 Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton 13
  • Lanesboro 28 Grand Prairie 0
  • New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva 28 Kenyon-Wanamingo 14
  • Stewartville 47 Mankato East 20
  • Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 32 Mayer Lutheran 27
  • Rushford-Peterson 24 Medford 6
  • New Prague 28 Rochester Century 6
  • Tri-City United 40 New Ulm 0
  • Rochester Mayo 58 Owatonna 31
  • Spring Grove 14 Houston 0
  • St. Clair / Loyola 31 United South Central 20
  • Waseca 21 Saint-Pierre 13
  • Triton 23 Rochester Lourdes 8
  • Winona 31 Red Wing 6
  • Randolph 44 Waterville-Elysian-Morristown 0
The 2021 season kicks off at Bruce Smith Field Faribault. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld

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