Eagles Edge Warriors In Key NACC Clash

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) - Benedictine scored 15 fourth-quarter points to overcome an 11-point deficit and hand the Wisconsin Lutheran College football team its second conference loss of the season by defeating the Warriors 23-19 on Senior Day on Saturday afternoon at Raabe Stadium.

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: Benedictine 23, Wisconsin Lutheran 19
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (3-5, 3-2 NACC), Benedictine (5-3, 3-1 NACC)
  • Location: Raabe Stadium, Milwaukee, Wis. | Attendance: 850

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Neither team was able to put points on the board in the opening quarter after combining for five possessions during a fast-moving first period. 
  • Benedictine struck first on its first possession of the second quarter and took an 8-0 lead on a Ryan Sample 53-yard pass to Luke Ludolph with 11:28 left in the half. The two-point conversion pass to Ludolph was also successful. 
  • Following a three-and-out on its next offensive possession, Wisconsin Lutheran's defense answered just two minutes later when Trevor Seewald (Coleman, Wis./Coleman) intercepted a Sample pass and returned it 35 yards to the end zone for an 8-7 BenU lead. 
  • The Warriors found the end zone again on their next offensive possession with 1:58 remaining in the first half on a Pat Mathieson (New Port Richey, Fla./River Ridge) two-yard shovel pass to Jerrod Klug (Loveland, Colo./Mountain View) to make it 13-8.
  • WLC struck once more right before the half on a Mathieson eight-yard pass to Theo Belhomme (Kissimmee, Fla./Gateway) in the back of the end zone, increasing the Warriors' lead 19-8 at halftime.
  • After another scoreless quarter in the third, BenU cut into the Warriors' lead on its first possession of the fourth quarter on a Sample to Jonathan Roberts 14-yard TD connection for a 19-16 WLC lead. 
  • Wisconsin Lutheran went scoreless on its next three offensive possessions, and after intercepting a pass in the end zone, the Eagles drove 90 yards on seven plays in 1:43.
  • Benedictine took the lead, 23-19, with 1:38 to go on a Ludolph five-yard run up the middle.
  • Four big pass plays put the Warriors deep into Benedictine territory with a chance for some late-game heroics. 
  • Facing a 4th-and-7 from the Eagles' 18 yard-line with just :04 seconds left, BenU sacked Warriors' quarterback Pat Mathieson as the contest came to an end.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • The Warriors totaled 393 yards of offense, while the Eagles totaled 480, including 474 through the air. 
  • Mathieson threw for 297 yards and two scores on 28-for-45 passing.
  • Belhomme hauled in 11 receptions for 130 yards, both career highs, and a touchdown, while Andy DeNoyer (Waukesha, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) had four receptions for 61 yards. Klug also had a touchdown catch for the Warriors.
  • Jared Bruemmer (Hanover Park, Ill./Hoffman Estates) rushed for 48 yards on 11 carries.
  • Mat Guedel (Belvidere, Ill./North) had a team-high nine tackles for Wisconsin Lutheran. JD Leisemann (Fall River, Wis./Fall River), the NACC sacks leader, tallied two more sacks and Derrick Brungraber (Carlsville, Wis./Gibraltar) tallied another. The Warriors also had a pair of interceptions, one from Caleb Heinritz (Sussex, Wis./Homeschooled) and an interception return for a touchdown from Seewald.
  • Sample threw for 447 yards and two scores on 38-for-61 passing.
  • Ludolph had one touchdown on eight receptions for 149 yards.
  • Javon McBride rushed for 33 yards on 11 carries for the Eagles.
  • Scottie Bobeck led the Eagles' defense with a game-high 12 tackles.
  • 16 Warriors seniors played in their final career home game at Raabe Stadium. 

UP NEXT

  • The Warriors travel to Kalamazoo, Michigan next Saturday for a 12:00 p.m. CST matchup against Kalamazoo (2-6, 0-5 MIAA), a former conference opponent of the Warriors. The Hornets suffered their fifth straight loss on Saturday, falling 31-6 against Hope. Live audio, stats, and video will be available for the game at WLCSports.com