The Park Christian Falcons have had quite a journey of program building over the last few years. After deciding to shutter the Football program in 2016 and not playing in 2017 they came back in 2018 with a one win season but some promising players on the roster. Which brings us to the present. Friday was their second game of the season and first on home grass. It represented the chance to double their win total after a shutout victory last week against Laporte.
The Clearbrook-Gonvick Bears started the game with the ball and as would happen repeatedly, weren't able to avoid turning it over. They fumbled it four times, each getting wrangled by Park Christian while the Falcons dropped the ball and lost it once. The extra possessions helped the home team jump out to a 28-0 lead before halftime.
Before and after the deficit each team leaned heavily on their ability to chew up yards on the ground while mixing in passing plays as needed. The Bears actually had more success moving the ball over their first few possessions but the butterfingers put them further and further behind the eight ball.
As if the lopsided nature of the contest wasn't bad enough, on an otherwise normal play, one of C-G's key players went down with an injury that required medical assistance to be called in.
It didn't end the game but was the blackest of marks on a game that for the visitors was already out of hand.
Park Christian 42, Clearbrook-Gonvick 14
Player of the Game
It's a bit of a cliche but this was a team win for the Falcons. Quarterback Payton Spaeth completed two touchdown passes while Isaac Janssen chipped in with 61 yards on the ground and a score. One of the receiving touchdowns went the way of Jack Weinberger while another was punched in from long distance by Ethan Jorgensen on the ground. Like I said, it was a team win which, if replicated as it has been over the first two weeks, could lead to a season worth the wait and the work to get here. It means that they may be able to stay in every game that they play - possibly. But team wins don't leave one clear choice for the distinction at hand.