Lacking Size, Falls City Football will Rely on Quickness this Season

FALLS CITY, Neb. – The Falls City football team focused on primarily defensive assignments and tackling during Wednesday practice at Jug Brown Stadium. Perhaps letting off steam knowing school starts for Falls City Public on Thursday.

The Tigers finished 4-4 and were one game away from qualifying for the 2016 Class C1 state playoffs.

This season, senior running back and corner back Noah Milam says they will have to rely on their speed, because they are not as big as in years past.

“We have some hard working guys. We just work everyday, in-and-out. We just play to our strengths.”

Fall City’s offensive and defensive lines average 169 pounds, but with speed at the skill positions, the Tigers expect to be a competitive team when the open the season later this month.

Another senior running back and corner back, Rudy Vrtiska, has enjoyed becoming a team leader and says the younger guys have been following the seniors’ lead and battling for playing time.

“We lost a lot of seniors last year, but we got some key guys coming back. So, we just need some younger guys to step up, some more senior leadership and just get each other going.”

One of the eight seniors they lost was running back Zayne Heckenlively. He finished with 1,386 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns last season.

The Tigers averaged 304 yards per game on the ground in 2016, but head coach Darin Fritz says fans could see more passing with new quarterback Collin Cook behind center this season.

Falls City begins the year at home against Southern on Aug. 25.

2017 Falls City Football Schedule

08/25/17 Southern C1 0-0
09/01/17 @ Ashland-Greenwood C1 0-0
09/08/17 @ Fairbury C1 0-0
09/15/17 Lincoln Christian C1 0-0
09/22/17 @ Auburn C1 0-0
10/06/17 Conestoga C1 0-0
10/13/17 Louisville C1 0-0
10/20/17 @ Syracuse C1 0-0

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