Warriors Set School Scoring Record In Rout Of Rockford

Photo Credit: Bethany Unkefer
Photo Credit: Bethany Unkefer

ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Wisconsin Lutheran College football team won its fourth straight game and scored a program-record 63 points in a 63-6 drubbing of Rockford Saturday at Sam Greeley Field. 

WHERE THEY STAND

  • The Warriors improved to 5-3 overall and 3-1 in NACC play, while the Regents dropped to 1-7 with an 0-4 conference mark.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • WLC took the opening kickoff and rapidly moved 61 yards in just five plays as Gino DeGeorge (Las Vegas, Nev./Faith Lutheran) connected with Javion Morgan (Naples, Fla./Palmetto Ridge) on a 33-yard touchdown pass to give the Warriors a 7-0 lead just 1:55 into the game.
  • Later in the first quarter, the Warriors took advantage of good field position and a personal foul penalty on Rockford to cross the goal line on a two-yard touchdown run by Joshua Helton (Houston, Texas/Waltrip).
  • On the ensuing drive, the Regents fumbled the ball away and Jake Henes (Menominee, Mich./Menominee) recovered at Rockford's 25-yard line. WLC found the end zone off of the turnover on DeGeorge's four-yard pass to Brad Nemetz (Denmark, Wis./Denmark) to extend the lead to 21-0 after one quarter.
  • On its first drive of the second quarter, Matt Grams (Milwaukee, Wis./Pius XI) drilled a career-long 41-yard field goal.
  • After a three-and-out by Rockford, the Warriors scored on a one-play drive when DeGeorge threw a screen to Mike King (Orlando, Fla./East Ridge) who juked and spun away from defenders on a dash to the end zone for a 40-yard touchdown.
  • WLC's next drive also lasted just one play as DeGeorge found Pete Alsip (Mount Prospect, Ill./John Hersey) for a 32-yard scoring strike to push the lead to 39-0, which remained the score at halftime.
  • Early in the third quarter, Chris Williams (Chicago, Ill./Chicago Bulls College Prep) scored on a 14-yard touchdown run. Grams added a 32-yard field goal with 3:37 remaining in the third quarter.
  • In the final minute of the third, backup quarterback Nick Schroeder (Oconomowoc, Wis./Arrowhead) tossed a screen to Morgan, who sped down the sideline for a 40-yard touchdown, his second of the game.
  • Rockford's lone mark on the scoreboard came early in the fourth quarter, when Reginald Haynes hit Mar Sean Vercher with a 50-yard touchdown pass.
  • With 11:31 to go in the game, Travis Turnquist (Madison, Wis./East) intercepted a pass and took it back 58 yards for a touchdown and the final tally of the contest. It was the second straight week in which Turnquist found the end zone.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • WLC's 63 points surpassed the previous school record of 61, established October 1, 2011 in a 61-0 victory versus Maranatha.
  • The Warriors are now 12-3 all-time against the Regents and have won all seven meetings since the schools joined the NACC in 2008.
  • WLC won each of its three consecutive road games to finish 3-2 on the road. It will close out the season with home games against Aurora and Concordia Wisconsin.
  • The Forest Green and White gained a season-high 464 yards and held Rockford to 238 yards.
  • DeGeorge was 18-for-33 for 233 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. King led the Warriors with seven catches for 79 yards and a score, while Morgan hauled in two passes for 73 yards and two touchdowns. Williams piled up 48 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries and Helton ran nine times for 31 yards and a score.
  • Logan Troutman (Apopka, Fla./East Ridge) led WLC's defense with seven tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss, one sack, and a forced fumble.
  • Haynes was 6-for-14 for 116 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions for Rockford. Pete Berry led the Regents with nine carries for 39 yards and Vercher pulled in five passes for 71 yards and a score. 
  • Seth Swinehart posted a game-high 12 tackles and forced a fumble and Jon Porter made 10 stops.

UP NEXT

  • Wisconsin Lutheran returns home to Raabe Stadium to host Aurora (1-7, 1-4 NACC) next Saturday at 1 p.m. Live audio and stats will be available at wlcsports.com.