Football: Little Falls stampedes Milaca with 54 first-half points in rout

Sports Editor

Little Falls sophomore Bryce Zawatzke (45) and junior Derek McMahan (35) sandwich Milaca junior Ian Carpenter during the Flyers’ 54-36 home rout, Wednesday. Zawatzke and McMahan each recorded four tackles in the game.

A game after surrendering 44 first-half points, the Little Falls football team lit up visiting Milaca’s defense for 54 in the opening two quarters en route to a 54-36 win, Wednesday.

The fireworks started early, with the Flyers needing just three plays to find the end zone on a 13-yard touchdown run by junior Jalen Wuchko on their opening possession.

Senior Austin Bjorge then stepped in front of a pass and returned the interception 26 yards for a score before a fumble recovery led to Wuchko’s second rushing touchdown of the night.

Little Falls senior Jordan Petrone (2) races Milaca junior Mason Hoskins (1) to the outside during a first-quarter run, Wednesday. Petrone scored the Flyers’ final touchdown in a 54-36 home win.

Another turnover led to Wuchko’s third touchdown of the opening quarter, giving Little Falls a 27-0 lead less than five minutes into the game.

The frenetic scoring pace continued into the second quarter.

When the dust settled on the first half, Wuchko had three more touchdown runs of 70, 31 and 20 yards and senior Jordan Petrone had added a touchdown from one yard away to give the Flyers a 54-22 advantage.

Wuchko amassed an astounding 331 yards on the ground on 14 carries.

Senior Spencer Fenske completed all five of his passes for 71 yards, with sophomores Jeremy Klein and John Lukasavitz each making two receptions.

Junior Trysten Ross recorded six tackles, junior Derek McMahan and sophomore Bryce Zawatzke added four apiece and sophomore Brighton Goodrich recovered two fumbles and picked off a pass.

Little Falls junior running back Jalen Wuchko (25) hurdles Milaca junior Mason Hoskins (1) on his way to a first down during Wednesday’s 54-36 home win for the Flyers. Wuchko ran for 331 yards and six touchdowns on 14 carries.

Little Falls plays at Thief River Falls in the Section 8AAAA quarterfinals, Tuesday.


Little Falls 54, Milaca 36

Milaca 8 14 0 14 – 36

Little Falls 33 21 0 0 – 54


LF: Jalen Wuchko 13 run (pass failed), 11:01.

LF: Austin Bjorge 26 interception return (Thomas Bell kick), 10:40.

LF: Wuchko 5 run (Bell kick), 7:46.

LF: Wuchko 8 run (Bell kick), 7:19.

MIL: Kiel 7 run (Garber run), 5:38.

LF: Wuchko 70 run, 2:05.


LF: Wuchko 20 run (Bell kick), 10:08.

LF: Wuchko 31 run (Bell kick), 6:30.

MIL: Gahm 1 run, 4:51.

MIL: Gahm 15 run (Erickson reception), 3:57.

LF: Jordan Petrone 1 run (Bell kick), 3:27.




MIL: Cluraghty 92 fumble return, 10:57.

MIL: Garber 2 run (Dahlstrom reception), 7:26.

Little Falls—Rushing: Jalen Wuchko, 14-331; Jordan Petrone, 7-34; Brighton Goodrich, 11-29; Michael Orr, 6-25. Passing: Spencer Fenkse, 5-5, 71; Austin Fenske, 1-1, 17. Receiving: Jeremy Klein, 2-40; John Lukasavitz, 2-22. Defense: Trysten Ross, 6 tackles; Austin Bjorge, 3 tackles, interception; Goodrich, 2 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries, interception.