LAKE FOREST, Ill. (WLCSports.com) – The Wisconsin Lutheran College football team held a late third-quarter lead, but host Lake Forest scored 14 unanswered points and came away with a 38-30 win over the Warriors Saturday afternoon in the season opener for both teams at Farwell Field.
- Final Score: Lake Forest 38, Wisconsin Lutheran 30
- Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (0-1), Lake Forest (1-0)
- Location: Farwell Field, Lake Forest, Ill.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Warriors struck first in the opening quarter when Patrick Mathieson (New Port Richey, Fla.) scampered for a seven-yard score with 9:44 on the clock. It was the first of three 13-play scoring drives in the game for Wisconsin Lutheran.
- Lake Forest quickly answered on a Jagan Cleary three-yard rush to knot the game up at 7-7 through one quarter of play.
- The Foresters took the lead early in the second quarter when Cleary connected with John Rall for a five-yard touchdown pass.
- After multiple three-and-outs for each team, Mathieson was picked off and Taylor Freitas returned the interception to the end zone to give Lake Forest a 21-7 lead.
- The Warriors responded right before the half when Mathieson found Dan DeYoung (Lockport, Ill.) in the endzone for a six-yard score with just 0:04 seconds left, cutting the Foresters lead in half going into intermission.
- WLC kicked off to begin the second half, but LFC fumbled the football and Ethan Ortiz (Milwaukee, Wis.) recovered it giving the Warriors great field position. On the ensuing play, Mathieson found Nick Charles-Crowl (Bradenton, Fla.) for a 27-yard pitch-and-catch to even the score at 21-21.
- Lake Forest regained the advantage its next possession on a field goal, but the Warriors took their first lead of the game when Mathieson found Alan Jackson (Norwalk, Calif.) for a 16-yard pass down the sidelines to the endzone with 5:49 left in the third.
- The Foresters scored touchdowns on back-to-back drives giving them a 38-27 advantage with 12:40 to go in the game.
- The Warriors scored once more off a Grant Fleming (Kaukauna, Wis.) 29-yard field goal to trim their deficit to eight, but couldn't stop the Foresters before the time ran out.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- The Warriors recorded 378 yards of total offense, of which 270 yards were through the air.
- Mathieson completed 16 of 31 attempts for 213 yards and three scores. He also added a rushing touchdown.
- Charles-Crowl led the receiving corps with four catches for 88 yards and a touchdown. Chrystyan Woyak (Juneau, Wis.) had five receptions for 52 yards.
- Mathieson averaged 4.2 yards per carry after rushing 11 times for 46 yards.
- Joe Styczynski (Coleman, Wis.) led the Warriors defense with a game-high 10 tackles, including two for a loss. Mykael Ignaszak (Cudahy, Wis.) and Mat Guedel (Belvidere, Wis.) had nine and seven tackles respectively.
FOR THE FOES
- The Foresters totaled 428 yards of offense, 132 of which were on the ground.
- Cleary completed 26 of 40 passes for 296 yards and two touchdowns.
- Defensively, Lake Forest was led by Johnny Laponte with nine tackles and a sack.
- The Foresters took a slight 2-1 edge over WLC in the brief series.
- The Warriors begin a stretch of three straight home games, starting Saturday against Lawrence Tech (1-0). Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and the game can be watched live on WLCSports.com. This is the Blue Devils first official season after not having a football team for 70 years.