11/6/2013 9:15:00 AM Bombers fall one game short of state
by Mike Dalton
The Cannon Falls Bombers fought the good fight Saturday, but ultimately ended its run to the state football tournament one game short. Cannon Falls, the #7 seed, lost to top-seed Rochester Lourdes 29-15
Lourdes beat Cannon Falls by 20 points three weeks ago, but the Bombers weren't going to go quietly. They scored first, when Nate Melhouse fell on an end zone fumble for the first CFHS touchdown. Derek Johnson kicked the extra point.
Rochester scored on a big pass play two series later, but the stout Bomber defense kept them scoreless the rest of the half. They held Kane Carstens, Lourdes' leading rusher to 31 yards in the 1st half.
A big Lourdes punt return in the 3rd quarter gave them 1st down on the Bomber nine, and two plays later Carstens scored from seven yard out.
The Bomber offense was able to drive to the Lourdes 28-yard line, but Rochester got the ball back on downs. They later scored to go ahead 22-7. Carstens later scored from 50-yards out to make the score 28-7. Bomber quarterback Hunter Johnson hit Alex Bultena from a yard out late in the game to round out the scoring.
Johnson was 20 of 37 passing for 158 yards and a touchdown. He also gained 45 yards on the ground. Bultena caught 11 passes for 69 yards and a score, Jordan Lundell caught six passes for 70 yards, and Brock Peterson had three for 36.
Sterling Carlson led with nine tackles. Taylor Carlson had seven, Austin Noble, Clay Broze and Johnson five each, and Melhouse had three tackles, a fumble recovery for a touchdown, and one blocked kick.
"We coaches are so proud of the boys for the way they came together and played their hearts out during their playoff run," coach Josh Hofstedt said. "This is the first time in CF history that a team has played in back-to-back section championships, and only the third time in school history. I'm very thankful for the opportunity to coach and work with this group of seniors and thank them for all they have done to better our football program. They are great football players and even better young men."