In the final game of his junior season, Benton-Scales Mound fullback Franki Carlborg went out in style with 349 yards rushing and seven touchdowns in a 50-21 victory over host Shullsburg last Friday night.
While the Zephyrs had no chance of making the playoffs, they still played as if they had a lot on the line, and finished the Six Rivers conference schedule tied for seventh place with a record of 2-6. Overall, Benton-Scales Mound played to a record of 3-6.
Carlborg carried the ball 52 times last Friday night, and scored on TD runs of 1, 3, 3, 5, 11 and 12 yards, while also recovering a fumble in the end zone for his seventh score.
Behind the efforts of Carlborg, coach Al Alexander's squad held a halftime lead of 23-13, then outscored the Miners 27-8 in the second half.
While Shullsburg concluded the game with 145 yards rushing on 30 attempts, the Zephyrs managed 400 yards rushing on 69 attempts.
Through the air, Benton-Scales Mound quarterback Brandon Lyne completed 1-of-3 passing attempts, connecting with Mitchell Brant for a nine-yard gain.
Shullsburg was 7-of-15 through the air for 76 yards, two touchdowns and two interception.
Each team lost one fumble in the game, while the Zephyrs had 20 yards in penalties to Shullsburg's five.
Benton-Scales Mound (2-6, 3-6) and Shullsburg (2-6, 2-7) each finished ahead of River Ridge (0-8, 0-9) in this year's conference standings, while Potosi (7-1, 8-1) and Highland (7-1, 7-2) share this year's league title with the Cardinal's 22-14 upset victory over the Chieftains.
Coach Al Alexander loses nine seniors from this year's squad that include: Brandon Lyne; Martin Mandik; Mitchell Brant; Brett Pulvermacher; Alex Droessler; Dylan Stoewer; Greg Cox; Lucas Richards and Miguel Beliz.