Football: Goodrich provides jolt as Little Falls topples Mora

By PATRICK SLACK
Sports Editor

Little Falls vs. Mora football photo gallery

Little Falls senior wide receiver Kyle Kabanuk delivers a key block to allow junior Brighton Goodrich (22) to cut inside and pick up a first down in the Flyers’ 31-14 win over visiting Mora, Oct. 13. Goodrich ran for 169 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries.

Little Falls senior wide receiver Kyle Kabanuk delivers a key block to allow junior Brighton Goodrich (22) to cut inside and pick up a first down in the Flyers’ 31-14 win over visiting Mora, Saturday. Goodrich ran for 169 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries.

Most halftime breaks don’t include a couple of meals and a full night’s sleep.

But after the oddity of having two halves split between days due to lightning, Little Falls came back fully reenergized as it completed a thorough 31-14 victory over visiting Mora, Saturday, improving to 4-3 on the season.

The game got off to a sluggish start, Friday, as each offense struggled early on until Little Falls broke through on a 5-yard touchdown run by junior Brighton Goodrich.

Mora closed within 7-6 at the end of the first quarter on a muffed punt attempt, but junior quarterback Austin Fenske completed a pair of touchdown passes to extend the gap to 21-6, first on a 25-yard toss to senior Kyle Kabanuk, then a 47-yard completion to junior Bryce Zawatzke.

The Mustangs closed back within a possession at 21-14 just before halftime, then lightning set in to force the second half’s action to the following day.

Little Falls sophomore Thomas Miller (1) stuffs Mora senior back Greg Chmiel on a second-half carry, Saturday. Miller provided an early interception and deflected what turned into another pick in the Flyers’ 31-14 win.

Little Falls sophomore Thomas Miller (1) stuffs Mora senior back Greg Chmiel on a second-half carry, Saturday. Miller provided an early interception and deflected what turned into another pick in the Flyers’ 31-14 win.

Little Falls came out fresh and firing on all cylinders in the rain-soaked second half, with Goodrich running in his second touchdown of the game from two yards away.

That led to another of the game’s quirks, as the Flyers had to go for two because junior placekicker Thomas Bell, who had converted all three extra points the day before, was at a playoff soccer match at the same time.

It didn’t matter, as Goodrich found Kabanuk on a halfback pass to convert the two-point attempt, before the Flyers capped the scoring with a late safety.

Goodrich compiled 169 yards rushing on 30 attempts to lead the Little Falls offense, with Fenske completing 5-of-11 passes for 99 yards.

Goodrich and sophomore Thomas Miller each added an interception on defense.

Little Falls senior Kyle Kabanuk waits all alone in the back of the end zone for a two-point conversion pass that put the Flyers ahead 29-14 in a 31-14 victory over visiting Mora, Saturday.

Little Falls senior Kyle Kabanuk waits all alone in the back of the end zone for a two-point conversion pass that put the Flyers ahead 29-14 in a 31-14 victory over visiting Mora, Saturday.

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