Warriors Run Past Regents For Homecoming Win

Photo Credit: Jarrod Erbe
Photo Credit: Jarrod Erbe

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) - Pat Mathieson (New Port Richey, Fla.) accounted for five touchdowns and the Wisconsin Lutheran College football team won its 10th straight game over Rockford, 40-21, Saturday afternoon on Homecoming at Raabe Stadium. The Warriors racked up 298 yards on the ground, tying for the fifth-most in a game in program history.

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 40, Rockford 21
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (1-4, 1-1 NACC), Rockford (0-4, 0-2 NACC)
  • Location: Raabe Stadium, Milwaukee, Wis.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Regents took the opening kickoff and drove 75 yards on six plays, capped by a short touchdown pass for a 6-0 lead over the Warriors.
  • Following a pair of punts for Wisconsin Lutheran, the host team recovered a fumble deep in Rockford territory and knotted the score four plays later on a Chris Norvilus (Clermont, Fla.) two-yard touchdown run.
  • WLC stopped RU on downs on its first drive of the second quarter and proceeded to drive 95 yards on 12 plays, taking a 13-6 lead on a Mathieson 10-yard touchdown pass to Jerrod Klug (Loveland, Colo.). The score remained 13-6 in favor of the Warriors through halftime.
  • The Regents tied the score at 13-13 on their first possession of the third quarter, but the Warriors responded with a pair of short-play scoring drives.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran jumped out to a quick 27-13 lead after Mathieson rushed for touchdowns from 56 and 33 yards away on consecutive drives.
  • Rockford got within a touchdown on its next possession on a six-yard TD pass that capped a six-play, 75-yard drive.
  • WLC once again had an answer on its ensuing drive, ending with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Mathieson to J.K. Witkofski (Racine, Wis.) for a 34-20 Warriors lead with 4:40 left in the third quarter.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran scored for the final time on a possession that carried over from the third into the fourth quarter. WLC drove 88 yards in 12 plays and Mathieson finished the drive with a three-yard touchdown run for a 41-20 lead.
  • The game remained scoreless over the final 10:43 of the final period.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • The Warriors finished with a season-high 396 yards of total offense, including nearly 300 (298) on the ground. The Green and White also rushed for 298 yards at Rockford a season ago, tying for the fifth-most in a game in program history.
  • Mathieson rushed for 120 yards and three scores, while throwing for 98 yards and two TD tosses. John-Marcus Carruthers (Fayetteville, Ark.), Joshua Cason (Deltona, Fla.), and Isaiah Butler (Ixonia, Wis.) also played a large role in Wisconsin Lutheran's ground attack.
  • Tony Ciufo (Madison, Wis.) led WLC's receivers with three catches and Witkofski had 37 yards on two grabs.
  • JD Leisemann (Fall River, Wis.) totaled a team-best nine tackles for the Warriors defense, who recorded four sacks and a pair of fumble recoveries on the day.
  • WLC was 4-for-4 on red zone scoring chances, and held the ball for seven minutes more than the Regents.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran won its 10th straight game over the Regents. 

FOR THE FOES

  • The Regents totaled 335 yards of offense, 180 through the air and 155 on the ground.
  • Chance Manning rushed for 151 yards on 20 carries and one touchdown for Rockford.
  • Eric Mackey threw for 180 yards and two touchdowns, completing 11 of 26 attempts.
  • Jallen Bashford and Jacob Cremeens led RU defensively with 12 and 10 tackles, respectively.
  • The Regents were held to just 2-for-14 on third down conversions.

UP NEXT

  • The Warriors are back on the road next week for a Lutheran Bowl showdown at NACC rival Concordia Wisconsin (1-4, 0-2 NACC). CUW dropped its fourth straight game Saturday, 40-14, at Benedictine. WLC has retained the Luther Cup for the past three seasons. Links to live stats and video will be available at WLCSports.com.