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Packers fall to Faribault

First half of game goes well, but Falcons make up for lost time

By Ben Pherson

bpherson@postbulletin.com

Austin High football coach Tim Hermann said his team played good football Friday night at Art Hass Stadium against Faribault.

But Hermann believes his Packers must play "perfect" football to win games in the Big Nine Conference.

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That didn’t happen Friday, particularly in the second half. The Falcons capitalized on two big plays to rally for a 14-7 victory over the Packers.

Austin led 7-0 at halftime. But the Falcons made some key halftime adjustments and scored on the opening drive of the second half.

The first big play came on that opening drive. The Packers had forced the Falcons into a fourth-and-5 situation, but an Austin defensive back bit on a play-fake and Faribault connected on a 34-yard touchdown pass.

A few minutes later, the Packers lost a fumble deep in Faribault territory.

"We didn’t play perfect," Hermann said. "We made a handful of mistakes, and they cost us."

The Packers were almost perfect in the first half. They did not commit a turnover and forced three Faribault turnovers.

Hermann said the offensive and defensive lines played well in the first half.

Jerrad Ryks again was the catalyst for the Austin offense. He carried 28 times for 134 yards.

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Austin’s only score came late in the first half. Quarterback Nate Justice Austin’s only score came late in the first half. Quarterback Nate Justice connected with receiver John Maxfield on a 19-yard pass and Maxfield leveled a Faribault (2-0) defender at the goal line to get in the end zone.

Austin (1-1) plays at Rochester Century next week.

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