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Sam Lenzen ran for 113 yards and two touchdowns and Ryan Kusilek passed for one touchdown and kicked two field goals as the Wildcat football team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 34-21 victory over Ellsworth Friday night at Ramer Field.

Ellsworth opened the scoring with a 28-yard touchdown run by Dennis Schutz with 1:41 remaining in the first quarter.

River Falls tied the score when Lenzen barreled over from 5-yards out early in the second quarter.

The Wildcats took a 14-7 lead on their next drive on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Kusilek to Aaron Rodewald. Ellsworth answered on its ensuing drive when quarterback Jake Murphy hit Alex Campbell for a 29-yard touchdown.

Kusilek put the Wildcats up for good with a 35-yard field goal with 23.9 seconds remaining in the half to make the score 17-14.

Lenzen scored his second touchdown of the game, from 2-yards out, to cap the Wildcats first possession of the second half and extend River Falls' lead to 24-14.

A 34-yard field goal by Kusilek early in the fourth quarter made it a 27-14 game. Sophomore defensive back Luke Murphy then picked off an Ellsworth pass and returned it 27 yards for a score to give the Cats a 34-14 lead.

Ellsworth got a 1-yard touchdown from Jacob Betthauser with 50 seconds remaining to make the final 34-21.

Kusilek completed 8-of-13 passes for 97 yards in the victory. Jake Knotek was on the receiving end of three passes for 58 yards.

Murphy was 5-of-17 passing for 99 yards and three interceptions. Campbell caught four passes for 95 yards while Schutz rushed for 57 yards in six attempts.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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