RIVER FOREST, Ill. (WLCSports.com) - The Wisconsin Lutheran College football team out-scored Concordia Chicago 34-12 over the second and third quarters on its way to collecting a 43-25 season-ending win over the Cougars on Saturday afternoon at Concordia Stadium. The win was the Warriors' fifth in their last six games, assuring them of at least a .500 overall record for the seventh time in the last eight years.
- Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 43, Concordia Chicago 25
- Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (5-5, 4-2 NACC), Concordia Chicago (4-6, 2-4 NACC)
- Location: Concordia Stadium, River Forest, Ill. | Attendance: 560
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Concordia Chicago sprinted out of the locker room and scored on its first play from scrimmage on a Rob Granquist 75-yard touchdown pass to Rashad Lofton. That TD would be the only score in the first quarter as CUC led 7-0.
- Wisconsin Lutheran evened the score at 7-7 just 21 seconds into the second quarter on a Jared Bruemmer (Hanover Park, Ill./Hoffman Estates) four-yard TD run.
- Following over 13 minutes without a score from either team, the Cougars' Emilio Arazia connected with Corey Dooley on a 30-yard pass to give CUC a 13-7 lead with 1:13 left in the half.
- The Warriors quickly regained the lead before halftime, driving 63 yards in just 0:43 seconds when Pat Mathieson (New Port Richey, Fla./River Ridge) connected with J.K Witkofski (Racine, Wis./Union Grove) for a 24-yard touchdown.
- WLC took control of the game in the third quarter, scoring unanswered touchdowns on a nine-yard run from Bruemmer and a 14-yard run from Mathieson.
- Midway through the third quarter, Concordia Chicago scored on another long touchdown pass, this time a 68-yard Araiza pass to Lofton.
- Austin DeNoyer (Lake Mills, Wis./Lakeside Lutheran) added to the Warriors' lead on a one-yard run to make the score 34-19 after three quarters on WLC's third straight scoring drive.
- Araiza connected with Ryan Allison on a seven-yard score for his third touchdown pass of the game with 10:45 left in the game for the Cougars' final points of the afternoon.
- The Warriors then scored the final 10 points of the game, first when Mathieson found Witkofski for the second time from five yards out on a drive that lasted 14 plays and 7:37.
- Sasha Bornschlegl (Rochester, Minn./St. Croix Lutheran) capped the scoring for the Warriors on 24-yard field goal with under two minutes left to make the final score 43-25.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- The Warriors racked up 489 yards of total offense, with 224 coming on the ground. WLC ran 35 more offensive plays than CUC and held the football for nearly 39 of the game's 60 minutes.
- The Cougars recorded 324 yards of total offense, with 293 of those yards coming through the air.
- Austin DeNoyer led the Warriors on the ground with 82 yards and one score, Mathieson added 71 yards on 25 carries, while Bruemmer tallied two scores on 66 yards for WLC.
- Mathieson completed 19 of 34 passing attempts for 265 yards and two touchdowns. Theo Belhomme (Kissimmee, Fla./Gateway) caught six passes for 108 yards for the Warriors.
- Larry Meeks (Burlington, Wis./Burlington) led the Warriors on defense with 12 tackles. Logan Troutman (Apopka, Fla./East Ridge) added two more sacks to his now NACC-record 11 for the season. Meeks and Cameron Wolf (Oconomowoc, Wis./Oconomowoc) each recorded a half a sack.
- The Warriors went 6-for-6 in red zone scoring chances and were an efficient 10-for-19 on third downs and 2-for-4 on fourth downs.
- For CUC, Araiza was 9-for-24 for 189 yards with three touchdowns, Corey Sheehan had 34 yards rushing, and Lofton caught five passes for a game-high 178 yards. Adeoluwa Olaniyan recorded a game-high 11 tackles for CUC.
- The Warriors won for the fourth straight time over the Cougars and upped the record in the all-time series to 6-3. WLC also won its final game of the season for the third straight year.