Falcons turn back Wolves

Milaca’s football team had one more chance to get a regular-season victory Wednesday night when it traveled to Little Falls for a Granite Ridge Conference game.

Foley, behind a 25-point second quarter, clipped the Wolves 45-18 in a GRC game last Friday at Claffy Field.

The loss dropped Milaca to a 0-7 overall record and 0-6 GRC mark.

“I was happy with how we opened the game,” said Milaca Coach Randy Johnson. “We had some success with our offense early on but, once again, things went downhill in the second quarter.

“Foley has a very good running attack and that opens up their passing game. We couldn’t handle that combination.”

“Overall, we played well,” said Foley Coach Larry Herm, whose team won its fourth-straight game and moved its GRC record to 4-1 and its overall record to 5-2. “We made some mistakes and penalties hurt us.”

The Falcons entered Wednesday’s regular-season finale against Princeton at Foley in second place in the GRC behind Becker (6-0, 6-1).

Regardless of how Milaca fares, the Wolves will be seeded No. 6 in Section 5AAA and will likely open the playoffs against St. Cloud Cathedral Tuesday, Oct. 23, at St. Cloud State University’s Husky Stadium. The starting time had not been set for that game as of Tuesday.

“We have nothing to lose,” said Johnson. “Our goal is to play well, win or lose.”

The Wolves did cause some excitement Friday.

Junior Brian Kiel scored Milaca’s second touchdown by running 99 yards in the third quarter. Kiel broke through a hole up the middle and quickly found himself behind Foley’s defense.

“That was an amazing run,” said Johnson. “The hole was there and Brian took off.”

Kiel also scored Milaca’s first touchdown, this one coming on a 15-yard pass from sophomore Mike Garber. Senior back Jonah Gahm scored Milaca’s third touchdown on a seven-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Kiel, Milaca’s starting quarterback through seven games, finished with 111 yards rushing on nine carries.

Garber moved to the quarterback spot early in the game and completed 15 of 29 passes for 178 yards. Kiel caught five passes for 37 yards while sophomore Nic Wolbert had four catches for 64 yards.

“Mike did a nice job throwing the ball and the receivers made some nice catches,” said Johnson.