Warriors Send Off Seniors With Win Over Cougars

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – The Wisconsin Lutheran College football team sent its 16 seniors off with a 30-27 win over Concordia Chicago on Senior Day Saturday afternoon at Raabe Stadium. The Warriors, who won their sixth straight game over the Cougars, faced a pair of one-point deficits but trailed for just a total of three minutes and 49 seconds in their final home game of the season.

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 30, Concordia Chicago 27
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (2-7, 2-4 NACC), Concordia Chicago (2-7, 1-5 NACC)
  • Location: Raabe Stadium, Milwaukee, Wis.

  • The Warriors forced a turnover on the first play from scrimmage when Joe Styczynski (Coleman, Wis.) intercepted a Cougars pass at the CUC 36 and returned it six yards to setup a short scoring drive for Wisconsin Lutheran.
  • WLC scored just three plays later when Patrick Mathieson (New Port Richey, Fla.) connected with Chrystyan Woyak (Juneau, Wis.) from nine yards for a 7-0 lead.
  • Two drives later, the Green and White took advantage of a short field and went 31 yards on nine plays ending in a 24-yard Sasha Bornschlegl (Rochester, Minn.) field goal giving the Warriors a 10-0 lead with 3:10 left in the first quarter.
  • Concordia Chicago cracked the scoring column on its next possession when Lance Moise scampered 48 yards for a touchdown to make it 10-7.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran had two chances to tack onto its lead midway through the quarter but missed wide right on a pair of long field goal attempts from 44 and 40 yards, respectively.
  • Bornschlegl redeemed himself shortly before halftime, knocking a 36-yard field goal through the uprights for a 13-7 halftime lead.
  • WLC drove just into CUC territory on the first drive of the second half after a 25-yard pass play from Mathieson to J.K Witkofski (Racine, Wis.). However, the Green and White fumbled the ball away two plays later and the Cougars capitalized with an 11-play, 52-yard scoring drive. Moise gave CUC its first lead of the game on a five-yard touchdown run with 7:46 left in the third quarter.
  • The Warriors answered on the ensuing possession, driving 65 yards on 10 plays capped by a 10-yard scoring strike over the middle from Mathieson and Javion Morgan (Naples, Fla.) to regain the lead at 19-14.
  • Concordia Chicago had another answer as the visitors drove 70 yards on just nine plays on its next possession and scored on a Jordan Sepulveda 20-yard touchdown pass to Alejandro Alvarez. The two-point try was unsuccessful and CUC led 20-19 with just 0:18 seconds left in the third quarter.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran took advantage of a short kickoff and a 57-yard return by Nathan Ewaskowitz (Sister Bay, Wis.) that set the hosts up at the Cougars' seven-yard line. WLC scored just one play later on a Joshua Cason (Deltona, Fla.) two-yard touchdown run and Mathieson's two-point completion to Woyak was good as the Green and White carried a 27-20 lead into the fourth quarter.
  • Bornschlegl booted his third field goal of the game, this one from 44 yards away, to cap a 43-yard drive that lasted 4:35 and extended the Warriors' lead to 30-20 with just 3:31 left.
  • CUC didn't go away easily as it scored one final time on a 30-yard pass play from Sepulveda to Alvarez with 1:32 on the clock.
  • WLC recovered the ensuing onside kick, rushed for a first down, and was able to run out the clock.

  • The Warriors totaled 290 yards of offense and were led by Mathieson's 152 yards through the air and Cason's 56 yards on the ground. Wisconsin Lutheran rushed for 109 yards, its second-highest output of the season.
  • Witkofski and Woyak led the receivers with 51 and 50 yards, respectively.
  • Mat Guedel (Belvidere, Ill.) led the Warriors with 10 tackles and Joe Styczynski had eight tackles, a forced fumble, and an interception.
  • Bornschlegl scored 10 points and averaged 48.0 yards on three punts.
  • WLC, which won its sixth straight game over the Cougars, honored its 16 seniors prior to kickoff.

  • The Cougars collected 333 yards of total offense, led by 177 passing yards from Jordan Sepulveda and 159 rushing yards and two scores from Lance Moise.
  • Alejandro Alvarez caught three passes for 69 yards and a pair of touchdowns for CUC.
  • Thaddous Daniel Jr. racked up 12 tackles for the CUC defense.

  • The Warriors wrap up their 2018 season next Saturday with a 12:00 p.m. Lutheran Bowl kickoff at Concordia Wisconsin (6-3, 4-2 NACC). The Falcons were shutout for the first time this season today at Rockford, 24-0. WLC has won four straight rivalry games over CUW. Live stats and video will be available for the game at WLCSports.com.