WLC drops nail-biter at Lakeland
Warriors handed first conference defeat
October 10, 2009
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – The Wisconsin Lutheran College football team suffered its first conference loss on Saturday when it fell to the Lakeland College Muskies 14-9 in a Northern Athletics Conference battle at Taylor Memorial Field.
For the second straight game, the Warriors and their opponents played through a scoreless opening quarter of action. After blocking a punt on WLC's opening drive, Lakeland marched down to the Warriors' 14-yard line, but the defense stiffened forcing a turnover on downs.
The Muskies converted a 10-play, 86-yard drive into a Jeremy Williams two-yard touchdown run with 2:24 left before halftime to take a 7-0 lead. The score stood that way at the half.
Lakeland returned the opening second-half kickoff down to the WLC 31-yard line, but the Warriors' defense held again, limiting the Muskies to just one yard on their possession. Wisconsin Lutheran capitalized on the turnover on downs, moving the football all the way down to Lakeland's two-yard line. After quarterback Zach Shaw (Gurnee, Ill./Warren Township) was sacked for a loss on third-and-goal from the five, kicker Philip Chaltis (Bradenton, Fla./Manatee) drilled a 35-yard field goal to trim WLC's deficit to 7-3.
The Muskies scored on their ensuing possession, taking the ball 60 yards in seven plays capped off by a quarterback Jake Dworak one-yard touchdown run. LC held a 14-3 lead after three quarters of play.
The Warriors trimmed their deficit again on their first possession of the final quarter when Shaw found senior wide receiver Ryan Adamovich (Kaukauna, Wis./Kaukauna) from 15 yards out on a fourth-and-one play. WLC's two-point conversion attempt failed and the score stood a 14-9 in favor of the Muskies.
WLC had two more possessions to work with in the final 13:37 of the game, but could not score. The Warriors had a 60-yard touchdown pass play nullified due to a holding call with over six minutes left on their final possession.
The Muskies used an 11-play, 46-yard drive to run the final 6:32 off of the clock and hold on for the win.
Offensively, Shaw finished 13-for-25 for 119 yards and one touchdown for the Warriors. Junior Larry Hairl (Chicago, Ill./Clemente) rushed for 60 yards on 17 attempts, while Adamovich caught three passes for 45 yards, both team highs, and a score.
Sophomore linebacker Tim Wermeling (Burlington, Wis./Burlington) tied for a game-high nine tackles to lead the defense.
The Muskies (2-3, 2-0 NAC) were led by Dworak's 227 passing yards on 17 of 27 pass completions. Williams rushed for a game-high 98 yards on 23 carries and Eric Zuelsdorf added four receptions for 100 yards.
Wisconsin Lutheran (2-3, 1-1 NAC) remains on the road next Saturday when it travels to Rockford Ill., for a NAC matchup versus the Rockford Regents. Kickoff between WLC and RC is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Sam Greeley Field.