Trojans Outlast Warriors In Second Straight Overtime Thriller

Photo Credit: Roberta Pratt
Photo Credit: Roberta Pratt

MILWAUKEE - The Wisconsin Lutheran College football team overcame another deficit and went to overtime for the second straight week, but Trinity International defeated the Warriors 34-27 Saturday night in the home opener at Raabe Stadium. The loss ends WLC's school-record seven-game win streak.

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: Trinity International 34, Wisconsin Lutheran 27 (OT)
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (1-1), Trinity International (2-0)
  • Location: Raabe Stadium, Milwaukee, Wis. | Attendance: 1,024

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Trinity International struck first, after a fumble on a punt return by WLC, the Trojans scored just one play later as J.J. Burmeister found Dillon Turk for a 25-yard score for a 6-0 TIU lead as the extra point was blocked.
  • The Warriors answered on their next possession with a six-play, 80-yard drive that ended with a 23-yard Theo Belhomme (Kissimmee, Fla./Gateway) catch from Gino DeGeorge (Las Vegas, Nev./Faith Lutheran) to tie the game at 6-6 after a missed extra point. 
  • The Trojans moved back in front as Burmeister found Turk in the end zone again, after going 70 yards in nine plays to lead 13-6 at the end of the first quarter. 
  • On the first play of the second quarter, Trinity International extended its lead after Jeremiah Carter knocked in a 19-yard field goal to pull ahead 16-6.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran looked to close the gap after a three-yard touchdown run by Jared Bruemmer (Hanover Park, Ill./Hoffman Estates) but the extra point was blocked and Daniel Harris ran back the PAT 98 yards for two points, as TIU remained in front 18-12. 
  • After DeGeorge's pass was intercepted, the Trojans marched down the field in nine plays and 50 yards to set up a 46-yard field goal by Carter at the end of the first half. The Trojans led 21-12 at the break. 
  • Carter would make another 46-yard field goal, but the Warriors responded with a 7-play, 42-yard drive capped by a one-yard TD run by DeGeorge to pull WLC within a touchdown at 24-19. 
  • In the fourth quarter, Wisconsin Lutheran took its first lead of the game with 10 minutes remaining in regulation on a Brad Nemetz (Denmark, Wis./Denmark) 11-yard TD reception from DeGeorge. Brandon Dutcher (South Milwaukee, Wis./South Milwaukee) converted the two-point conversion from DeGeorge as WLC pulled in front 27-24.
  • On TIU's next possession, Carter was successful on his fourth field goal attempt of the night, this one from 26 yards, to tie the score at 27-27. 
  • Neither team was able to score the rest of the fourth quarter as the Warriors headed to overtime for the second straight week. 
  • Trinity International started with the ball in overtime and four plays later Burmeister found Brad Hargis for the three-yard touchdown as the Trojans regained the lead 34-27.
  • WLC moved the ball to the 10-yard line after a pair of rushes by Dutcher and a completion to Nemetz before a pair of incomplete passes ended the contest.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • The Trojans out-gained the Warriors 463-424 in total offense. WLC piled up 287 yards through the air and 137 yards on the ground. 
  • Trinity International totaled seven penalties for 41 yards compared to just two for 10 yards for Wisconsin Lutheran. 
  • DeGeorge was 30-for-56 for 277 yards, with two passing touchdowns, one rushing touchdown, and three interceptions. 
  • Mitch Skarban (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran) hauled in six catches for 68 yards. Belhomme and Nemetz each caught a touchdown pass. 
  • Bruemmer carried the ball 10 times for 65 yards and a score. 
  • Jake Engels (Coleman, Wis./Coleman) led WLC with 10 tackles and the trio of Caleb Heinritz (Sussex, Wis./Homeschooled), Jordan Miller (Menominee, Mich./Menominee), and Tanner Behnke (Brillion, Wis./Brillion) contributed nine tackles apiece. 
  • Dakota Eland (Menominee, Mich./Menominee) and Engels each had an interception. 
  • The Warriors picked up three sacks, one each from Jake Henes (Menominee, Mich./Menominee), Logan Troutman (Apopka, Fla./East Ridge), and Heinritz. 
  • Burmeister was 30-for-45 for 259 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. 
  • Turk made 10 catches for 83 yards and two scores. 
  • Carter was 4-for-5 on field goal attempts on the night with a long of 46 yards.
  • Chris Elliot led the Trojans with 178 rushing yards on 30 carries to become the program's all-time leading rusher.
  • Riley Schussler recorded nine tackles and intercepted a pass. 
  • Daniel Harris and Jarell Carter also each had an interception. 
  • The Warriors had their school-record seven-game winning streak snapped. 
  • The Trojans improved to 4-0 all-time against WLC.

UP NEXT

  • The Warriors will travel to Trine (1-1) next Saturday for the MIAA/NACC Challenge. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. CST in Angola, Ind. Links to live audio, stats, and video will be available at wlcsports.com. The Thunder dropped a 41-7 decision to North Central (Ill.) on Saturday.