St. John’s/Wisconsin-River Falls wrap-up

Normally we do Behind the Numbers here, but I need to wrap up in the press box high above Ramer Field here and get back on the highway.

So that will have to wait until Saturday. In the meantime, the game story should be up soon on the main web site.

But a quick bit from a very hoarse head coach Gary Fasching after his team’s dramatic come-from-behind 17-14 win over Wisconsin-River Falls tonight – capped by freshman Alexi Johnson’s 40-yard field goal with just two seconds to go.

“I’m just really happy for our players and coaches,” Fasching said. “We’ve been working awfully hard really since last January. We’ve put in a lot of work and it was good to see it all pay off.”

The Johnnies surrendered 413 yards of total offense and after scoring on their first drive, their own offense did not score again until the final minute of plau.

But Jake Essler had the second of his two 2-yard touchdown runs with 55 seconds to go. Then a big 39-yard pass from Martin to senior Ben Krebsbach after a River Falls punt set up Johnson’s big kick.

“Earlier this week, we ended practice trying 45-yard field goals and he missed three in a row,” Fasching said. “Our coaches were on me saying we have to give the kid a chance to build some confidence. But he’s solid. That’s why he earned that job.”

So Fasching begins his tenure as head coach with a win.

“It means a lot to Gary, so it means a lot to us,” Essler said. “He’s our head coach now and we’re behind him all the way.”

OK, good night everybody. Thanks for following along tonight

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