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State champs put up impressive numbers

Holenstein passed for close to 2,000 yards and 21 touchdowns

The La Salle Falcons put up some impressive numbers en route to gaining their school its first state title in football this fall.

The Falcons out-scored their opponents by an average of 44-19 and they averaged 428 yards in offense, as they finished the 2011 season with a perfect 14-0 record.

Mark Holenstein, a 6-1, 175-pound junior, completed 135-of-226 passes (59.7 percent) for 1,992 yards and 21 touchdowns, with 14 interceptions.

Holenstein also averaged 36 yards on 30 punts, and 44 yards on 64 kickoffs. He kicked 48 extra points and he made nine field goals, including game-winning kicks of 46 yards in a 36-34 win over cross-town rival Gladstone, and 27 yards in a 32-30 state quarterfinal win over North Bend.

And Holenstein was a threat running with the football, as he rushed 129 times for 754 yards and 13 touchdowns.

J.J. Fisher, a 6-0, 190-pound senior, rushed 268 times for 2,315 yards and 31 touchdowns. Fisher also had eight receptions for 205 yards and three touchdowns. He scored 204 points on the season.

Colin Meisner, a 5-7, 165-pound junior, was the Falcons' leading receiver, with 52 catches for 743 yards and nine touchdowns. Meisner also rushed 76 times for 523 yards and four touchdowns. He returned 28 punts, with an average return of 15 yards, and he returned 18 kickoffs, with an average return of 26 yards. Aaron Bredl, a 5-11, 155-pound senior, was the second-leading receiver, with 30 catches for 401 yards and six touchdowns.

Senior linebacker Jake Fiocchi was the top defensive play, with 87 tackles, 72 of them unassisted.

Senior tight end Cody Farnes, senior lineman Andrew Moreland and senior lineman Christian Oster were all credited with 70 or more tackles.

Playing in the defensive secondary, Meisner had a team-leading seven interceptions.