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Fall River picks up 37-12 road win at Maxwell

Bulldogs get back in the win column with a road victory over the Panthers

FILE PHOTO -- Fall River's Timmy Westlund, pictured in last year's NSCIF D-V championship game, ran for more than 100 yards and a touchdown in the win over Maxwell Friday night. (Mike Daly/Shasta County Sports)
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For the first time this season, the Fall River Bulldogs found consistency on offense, as they pasted the Maxwell Panthers 37-12 in their first road game of the season.

On the opening kickoff, the Bulldogs got the ball on their own 40, and within 2 minutes, had driven to the goal line where Ryan Osborne ran it in for a 3-yard touchdown and an early 6-0 lead after a failed PAT. Defensively, Fall River (2-1) held the Panthers to a quick punt, and early in the second, after another long drive, Fall River scored again on a 4-yard touchdown run by Timmy Westlund, and after Westlund ran in a 2 point conversion, the Bulldogs led 14-0.

But on the very next play, Maxwell ran the kick return back for a touchdown to cut the lead to 14-6 after the PAT failed.

For the remainder of the second, the teams traded defensive stands, and went into the half with the score 14-6. But in the 3rd, Fall River would see things open up.

It started with defense. The Panthers got the ball to start the second half, and less than two minutes into the 3rd, Fall River forced a fumble and recovered it near midfield. Less than 2 minutes later, Osborne completed an 8-yard touchdown pass to Royce Knoch, Westlund followed with a 2-point conversion to go up 22-6.

Maxwell gained 50 yards on their next drive, but could not finish it off, and turned it over on downs at the Bulldog 30. Fall River methodically drove the ball down the field, and 3 minutes later, Osborne completed the pass to Daniel Heringer for an 11-yard touchdown, followed by a pass to Kenny Westlund for the 2-point conversion, and the score was 30-6. Through the end of the 3rd and first three minutes of the 4th, Maxwell fought to make their way downfield for an answering touchdown. Though the PAT was no good, cutting the lead to 30-12, showed fight in the Panthers.

Fall River used up most of the remainder of the 4th, driving for their final score of the game, a 1-yard Royce Knoch touchdown. A Knoch extra point made the final margin 37-12.

The Bulldogs offense rushed for 234 yards and 3 touchdowns on 46 carries, led by Timmy Westlund with 124 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries, Osborne had 10 carries for 47 yards and a touchdown, and Knoch and Benito Perez each gained 22 yards, Knoch with a touchdown on 7 carries, and Perez with 4 carries. Osborne threw 8-of-11 for 85 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Heringer caught one touchdown, an-11 yarder, and Royce Knoch caught the other, an 8-yarder among his 4 catches for 31 yards. Kenny Westlund had 2 catches for 36 yards, gaining 33 on the longest play from scrimmage, and getting a 2-point conversion on the other.  Timmy Westlund, Philip Wortman, and Brennan Woodward shared the lead in tackles with 6 each, while Colton Oilar added 3 sacks, and Philip Wortman and Benito Perez each had a fumble recovery.

The Bulldogs (2-1, 1-0 in the Cascade Valley League) will now have 2 weeks off.  Maxwell (2-1, 0-1), will face Biggs next Friday and try to regain the momentum of their lopsided 2-0 nonleague start.

(Thanks to David Steutel for game descriptions on MaxPreps, and Fall River assistant coach Wesley Wadsworth for providing stats)

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Wil Keepers is a teacher, coach, and writer, who now teaches Science and coaches Track and Cross-Country at Fall River High School. He has 18 years of experience as a teacher, 12 years experience as a cross-country coach, nine years experience as a track coach, and six years coaching middle school basketball. He began writing four years ago and in August 2018 began writing for Shasta County Sports. He has been married for 21 years, and has three daughters

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