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Down goes No. 1: Jahns’ late field goal helps Lourdes knock off Cannon Falls

Aidan Jahns kicked a 20-yard field goal with 2 seconds remaining to lift Rochester Lourdes to a dramatic 24-22 win Friday against Cannon Falls, the No. 1-ranked team in Class AAA.

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Lourdes' Hudson Fix (3) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during a football game against Cannon Falls on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at Rochester Regional Stadium. Lourdes beat Cannon Falls 24-22.
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ROCHESTER — Aidan Jahns stood calmly at the 10-yard line as Cannon Falls called timeout with 5 seconds remaining in a Southeast District football game Friday night at Rochester Regional Stadium.

A number of teammates approached Jahns and patted him on the back. Only one of those teammates said more than “you got this.”

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That was Lourdes quarterback Adam Sellner, who doubles as the holder for Jahns on field goals and point-after-touchdown kicks.

“Adam just said make sure you aim it down the middle,” Jahns said. “You got this.”

Jahns did just that, calmly booting a 20-yard field goal with 2 seconds remaining to lift Lourdes to a 24-22 upset victory against Cannon Falls, the No. 1-ranked team in the state in Class AAA.

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“It’s just one of those things, I’ve been practicing kicking for so long, it just felt almost automatic,” Jahns said. “In practice there are times when I’ll shank the ball and it’s like ‘what am I doing here?’

“But in games, I know I have it in me. I’m confident in what the coaches have taught me. All I was thinking was ‘aim at the middle, hit it at the middle,’ and that’s what I did.”

Jahns’ down-the-middle kick — including a perfect snap by Collin Weinschenk and hold by Sellner — capped a roller-coaster fourth quarter that saw both teams turn the ball over once and saw Lourdes go 61 yards in 57 seconds to set up the winning kick.

“I’ve hit from 45, nearly 50 in practice, so I was thinking ‘get to at least the (Cannon Falls) 30,’” Jahns said. “Today my leg felt really good, actually. It’s hard sometimes because it can get sore when I play the whole game (on offense and defense), but it felt really good today.

“I felt confident, and everyone was telling me ‘Aidan, it’s going to come down to a kick.’”

Lourdes’ defense appeared to seal the victory a few minutes earlier, stopping the Bombers on a 4th-and-15 play from the Eagles’ 32-yard line with 4:10 to go. But Lourdes was called for pass interference, giving the Bombers new life.

Six plays later, Sam Shepersky powered in from 8 yards out — on yet another fourth down play — and the PAT kick gave the Bombers a 22-21 lead with exactly a minute to play.

“We knew we had to respond,” said Lourdes senior receiver Hudson Fix, who gave the Cannon Falls secondary fits all night. “We learned we have to keep our heads up. We can’t ride the roller coaster, we have to stay up. That one minute was too much time for this team.”

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The traditionally run-heavy Eagles went to the air on the winning drive, which started from their own 34-yard line. Sellner was 5-for-9 on the drive for 61 yards, including a 22-yard fade to Fix that moved the ball to the Bombers’ 3 with 12 seconds to play.

After an incompletion on first down, Jahns lined up and booted the 20-yard game-winning field goal.

“This means everything to us,” Fix said. “All that time in the offseason lifting weights, the time we’ve put in watching film, it all comes down to this right here. And we’ll build on this.

“We put the hours of work in and it paid off. The scoreboard right there says it all.”

Fix scored both of the Eagles’ first-half touchdowns, from 30 and 25 yards out, both on pinpoint passes from Sellner. Fix finished the game with an extraordinary 10 catches for 116 yards and two TDs. Sellner completed 13 of 20 passes for 157 yards and the two scoring strikes to Fix.

The victory is the first for Lourdes — which should hop into the top 10 in the Class AAA state rankings this week — against Cannon Falls since 2016.

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Cannon Falls' Kalahan Anderson (30) is brought down by Lourdes' Eli Haight (25) during a football game Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at Rochester Regional Stadium. Lourdes beat Cannon Falls 24-22.
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“The kids just never quit,” Lourdes head coach Mike Kesler said. “We got some stops on ‘D’ which were huge. There was a lot of back-and-forth, and we didn’t give up.

“It was a tremendous game and we have so much respect for (Bombers coach) Dan (Meyers) and his program, what they’ve done there. They’ve owned us in the last four games we played. They’ve had our number. They’re a tremendous team, but it’s nice to finally make that one extra play tonight.”

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The Bombers led 8-0 after one quarter — thanks to an impressive 20-play, 75-yard drive that ate up 9 minutes, 40 seconds, to open the game — and 15-13 at halftime, on TD runs by Logan Anderson-Rosebear and Derrick Bechtholdt.

Caleb Akinbolu’s 12-yard TD run midway through the third quarter gave Lourdes its first lead, 21-15, setting up the fourth quarter and the dramatic finish.

“It was just our determination and we … we started off with a lot of mental mistakes,” Jahns said, “then we cleaned them up and even though we still made a few later in the game, we stayed together and pulled through.”

LOURDES 24, CANNON FALLS 22

Cannon Falls 8-7-0-7 — 22

Lourdes 0-13-8-3 — 24

First quarter

CF — Logan Anderson-Rosebear 17 run (Jonathan Banks pass from Colton Otto) 2:20.

Second quarter

LRDS — Hudson Fix 30 pass from Adam Sellner (run failed) 10:42.

CF — Derrick Bechtholdt 56 run (Lance Mlsna kick) 8:37.

LRDS — Fix 25 pass from Sellner (Aidan Jahns kick) 1:16.

Third quarter

LRDS — Caleb Akinbolu 12 run (Sellner run) 7:13.

Fourth quarter

CF — Sam Shepersky 8 run (Mlsna kick) 1:00.

LRDS — Aidan Jahns 20 FG. :02.

TEAM TOTALS

CF — LRDS

First Downs 20—17

Total net yards 290 — 267

Rushes-yards 62-289 — 26-110

Passing yards 1 — 157

Comp.-att.-int. 1-4-1 — 13-20-1

Fumbles-lost 0-0 — 2-2

Penalties-yds. 5-30 — 5-35

Punts-avg. 2-28.0 — 1-52.0

Time of poss. 32:26 — 14:35

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing

CF: Derrick Bechtholdt 5-88, 1 TD; Logan Anderson-Rosebear 14-63, 1 TD; Kalahan Anderson 18-46; Sam Shepersky 7-39, 1 TD; Colten Black 7-29; Dylan Banks 4-19; Jonathan Banks 2-3; Colton Otto 4-2; Talan Duden 1-0. LRDS: Eli Haight 9-52; Caleb Akinbolu 11-52, 1 TD; Adam Sellner 6-6.

Passing

CF: Colton Otto 1 completion-4 attempts-1 interception, 1 yard. LRDS: Adam Sellner 13-20-1, 157 yards, 2 TDs.

Receiving

CF: Derrick Bechtholdt 1 reception-1 yard. LRDS: Hudson Fix 10-116, 2 TDs; Aidan Jahns 2-32; Jonathan O'Connell 1-9.

Jason Feldman is the sports editor of the Post Bulletin. In addition to managing the four-person sports staff at the PB, Jason covers high school football, golf and high school and junior hockey. Readers can reach Jason at 507-281-7430 or jfeldman@postbulletin.com.
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