Football Falls Short In NACC Opener

Football Falls Short In NACC Opener

AURORA, Ill. (WLCSports.com) – The Wisconsin Lutheran College football team fell short in their NACC opener Saturday afternoon at Vago Field, falling to Aurora 20-14.

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: Aurora 20, Wisconsin Lutheran 14
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (0-4, 0-1 NACC), Aurora (2-2, 1-0 NACC)
  • Location: Vago Field, Aurora, Ill.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Spartans struck first on a five-yard touchdown run by Colton Jewell to give Aurora a 7-0 lead with 4:39 left in the first quarter.
  • Aurora would add to their lead with 8:22 to go in the first half on a Connor Olson 13-yard touchdown run.
  • On the ensuing possession, Connor Johnson (Germantown, Wis.) recovered a muffed punt, placing the Warriors in great field position at the Spartan 34-yard line. The Warriors would score three minutes later on a Chris Norvilus (Clermont, Fla.) 5-yard touchdown run, cutting the Spartan lead to 13-7.
  • Aurora answered with a quick scoring drive on its next possession as Connor Olson scampered for a 68-yard touchdown run capping off the scoring, 20-7.
  • The Warriors would find the end zone once more in the fourth quarter on a Pat Mathieson (New Port Richey, Fla.) one-yard run, making the final score 20-14.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • The Warriors recorded 260 yards of total offense, 126 of which came through the air.
  • Mathieson completed 10-of-27 passing attempts for 126 yards, and ran for 23 yards to go with one touchdown.
  • Josh Cason (Deltona, Fla.) led the Warriors on the ground with 59 yards, while Norvilus added 45 yards along with one touchdown.
  • J.K. Witkofski (Racine, Wis.) led the receiving corps with three catches for 44 yards, while Tony Ciufo (Madison, Wis.) caught three passes for 35 yards.
  • Larry Meeks (Burlington, Wis.) led the Warriors' defense with eleven tackles. Joe Styczynski (Coleman, Wis.) had a sack and forced a fumble, while Davonte Jones (Vero Beach, Fla.) had an interception.

FOR THE FOES

  • The Spartans racked up 446 yards of total offense, 221 of which came on the ground.
  • Quarterback Gavin Zimbelman threw for 162 yards while Olson rushed for 161 yards and two scores.
  • Defensively, Aurora forced three turnovers and were led by Kam Dawtyne with nine tackles.

UP NEXT

  • The Warriors return home next weekend for Homecoming against Rockford (0-3, 0-1 NACC) October 7 for a 1:00 p.m. kickoff at Raabe Stadium. The Regents were defeated Saturday by Benedictine, 20-17. Live stats and video will be available for the game at WLCSports.com.