By David Keech
October 6, 2017
Abbotsford — Three years ago, the seniors on this year’s Abbotsford Football team began the season with a goal every team has: winning a conference championship. With back to back Cloverwood titles to their credit, the seniors kept alive their goal of a third by crushing Athens on senior night, 42-0.
Abbotsford improves to 6-0 in the Cloverwood, tied with Loyal for the conference lead, and the two teams meet in Loyal next Friday to decide the championship.
” I think this was a fitting way for these guys to end their regular season here at Abbotsford. We know we want more games for these seniors here in the playoffs, and tonight was the first step towards our goals, which include winning another conference title,” Knapmiller said.
Two long runs in the first quarter set the tone for the game, the first a 61 yard touchdown run by Adam Seefluth. An 81 yard gallop by Ean Rau five minutes later showed the Falcons were ready to play, and were taking care of business.
“This has been a long journey, the past three years, we’ve had a good tradition going,” Seefluth shared.
With the Abbotsford running game in gear, three more Falcons took the stage in the second quarter. Cody Friedenfels(11 yards), Joe Aguilera (45 yards), and Caden Decker (9 yds) scored to move the Abbotsford lead to 35-0 at the half.
A third quarter touchdown pass from Ean Rau to Adam Seefluth ended the game’s scoring, and a rainy night win was in the books for the Falcons.
Abbotsford picked up 443 rushing yards, led by Rau’s 9 carries for 163 yards. Seefluth added 108 yards on 9 carries.
Athens was led by Klay Ellenbecker, who rushed for 71 yards on 14 carries. Ellenbecker had three punts for 132 yards, a 44 yard average.
The win was the final regular season home game for Abbotsford seniors Ean Rau, Fabian Garcia, Cody Friedenfels, Fletcher Henrickson, Adam Seefluth, Brock Lindberg, Misael Olvera, Roberto Geronimo, Austin Schmitt, Jesse Albrecht, and Trevor Beran.
Senior Roberto Geronimo was happy to win on senior night.
“This is what we do, win and have fun.”
Seefluth shared the success he’s had as a Falcon is something he envisioned.
“Looking back, I always pictured this. Coming out here with my friends, I feel we’re prepared for this, to compete next week for a conference title.”
The Falcons’ seniors have helped put Abbotsford Football on the map, and the Falcons’ success is never more apparent when Abbotsford fans come out in droves to support the Falcons.
“This is huge for the Abbotsford community. It’s nice to see all of fans. It’s great to see a packed crowd, and a nice atmosphere around Abbotsford Football,” Rau said.
Rau went on to share how the program has built a brotherhood that supports the team.
“Credit to Coach Knapmiller for building this program up. There are guys we played with as freshman, guys we played with the last two years, come out and offer their support.”
Senior Fletcher Henrickson has been a spirited leader of the team, and shared players and fans alike are always excited for game days. Next week is not just any game, however, with the Cloverwood title on the line.
Henrickson shared Abbotsford fans and the team will be ready.
“Everyone here in Abbotsford looks forward to Fridays, and we’ll be ready next Friday as well.”
Knapmiller explained next Friday’s game will be come down to playing solid football.
“Little things are always important. Both teams are run based. The game will come down to limiting mistakes.”