LAKE FOREST, Ill. - The Wisconsin Lutheran College football team turned a 21-point halftime deficit into a thrilling 38-37 double-overtime victory over host Lake Forest Saturday afternoon at Farwell Field. The win was the Warriors' school-record seventh straight victory dating back to last season.
- Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 38, Lake Forest 37 (2 OT)
- Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (1-0), Lake Forest (0-1)
- Location: Farwell Field, Lake Forest, Ill. | Attendance: 1,278
HOW IT HAPPENED
- It was Matt Grams (Milwaukee, Wis./Pius XI) who got the Warriors on the board first hitting a 25-yard field goal on their first drive of the game capping off a 10-play, 61-yard drive that put WLC up 3-0.
- The Foresters answered on their next possession with an 11-play, 72-yard drive that ended with an 18-yard Willie McIntyre catch from Sean Dickson and a 7-3 lead.
- After Lake Forest intercepted the Warriors and had a short field, LFC traveled 46 yards in six plays ending with a George Vidas nine-yard touchdown reception from Jagan Cleary that gave the Foresters the 14-3 lead.
- Gino DeGeorge (Las Vagas, Nev./Faith Lutheran) was intercepted and that led to a Jon Gurchak 40-yard field goal and a 17-3 Foresters lead early in the second quarter.
- The Foresters stopped the Warriors on their next possession forcing a punt. Lake Forest went eight plays and 70 yards in 3:44 ending with a Charlie Quinn seven-yard touchdown run expanding the Foresters lead at the half to 24-3.
- On WLC's first drive of the third quarter, DeGeorge connected on a 58-yard pass to Mitch Skarban (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran) for the touchdown, capping off a two-play, 61 yard drive only 37 seconds into the third quarter making the score 24-10.
- After Jake Engels (Coleman, Wis./Coleman) forced a fumble, the Warriors had great starting field position and drove the ball 53 yards on five plays when DeGeorge connected with Theo Belhomme (Kissimmee, Fla,/Gateway) for a 42-yard touchdown. The Foresters blocked the PAT and led 24-16 with 8:53 left in the third quarter.
- With momentum in WLC's favor, the Warriors defense forced Lake Forest to punt on its next possession.
- The Warriors drove 73 yards on six plays when DeGeorge threw his third touchdown pass of the game connecting with Jared Bruemmer (Hanover Park, Ill./Hoffman Estates) on a nine-yard pass. DeGeorge connected with Brad Nemetz (Denmark Wis./Denmark) on the two-point conversion to tie the game at 24-24 late in the third quarter.
- Both teams were unable to get anything going in the fourth quarter and the game went to overtime.
- WLC started with the ball in overtime and five plays later Anthony Rodriguez (Kissimmee, Fla./Gateway) found Skarban for the 11-yard touchdown for his second receiving touchdown of the game and the Warriors' first lead of the contest at 31-24.
- The Foresters answered with an eight-play drive ending with Dickson completing a fourth-down pass to Alex Pasiewicz for the 13-yard score and tied the game once more at 31-31.
- In the second overtime, Lake Forest started with the ball and scored a touchdown when Dickson ran it in from one yard out. Following a mishandled snap, the Foresters failed to convert on the two-point try and went in front by just six points at 37-31.
- After two personal foul penalties were committed by both teams, Bruemmer rushed the ball twice for the Warriors for 25 yards down to the one-yard line where Anthony Rodriguez took the ball across the goal line for the score and Grams added the extra point for the thrilling 38-37 victory.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- The Warriors out-gained the Foresters 530-449 in total yardage. WLC piled up 331 yards through the air and 199 yards on the ground.
- Lake Forest totaled 144 yards of penalties, compared to just 53 for WLC.
- DeGeorge was 22-for-42 for 263 yards, with three touchdowns three interceptions.
- Skarban hauled in 10 catches for 195 yards and two touchdowns.
- Bruemmer carried the ball 15 times for 101 yards.
- Tanner Behnke (Brillion, Wis./Brillion) led WLC with 10 tackles.
- Mani Mobley (Chicago, Ill./Neuqua Valley) had WLC's lone interception.
- Jake Henes (Menominee Mich./Menominee) recorded the only sack for the Warriors.
- Dickson was 18-for-32 for 217 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
- McIntyre made six catches for 114 yards and a score.
- Charlie Quinn led the Foresters with 143 rushing yards on 34 carries.
- Pat Clark recorded 10 tackles and intercepted a pass. Chase Slagboon recorded two interceptions.
- The Warriors have now won a school-record seven straight games dating back to last season.
- Wisconsin Lutheran won its fourth season opener in program history.
- The Warriors evened their record to 1-1 with Lake Forest and improved to 3-4 all-time against Midwest Conference opponents.
- The Warriors host Trinity International (1-0) next Saturday in non-conference action at 7 p.m. at Raabe Stadium. Links to live audio and stats will be available at wlcsports.com. TIU shutout Trinity Bible 45-0 in its season opener on August 29.