By PATRICK SLACK
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.
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 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.