Warriors Rally Late, Fall In Double OT Thriller At Adrian

Photo Credit: Larry Radloff, d3photography.com
Photo Credit: Larry Radloff, d3photography.com

ADRIAN, Mich. (WLCSports.com) – The Wisconsin Lutheran College football team rallied from a 17-point halftime deficit to tie the game and send it to overtime, but ultimately fell 32-29 in double overtime to Adrian Saturday afternoon at Docking Stadium in the MIAA-NACC Challenge. It was the Warriors' final non-conference game of the season.

  • Final Score: Adrian 32, Wisconsin Lutheran 29 (2 OT)
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (0-3), Adrian (1-2)
  • Location: Docking Stadium, Adrian, Mich.

  • Following a WLC punt on its opening drive, the Bulldogs scored on a Jerome Neal 13-yard run that capped off a 12-play, 90-yard touchdown march.
  • The Warriors next drive picked up 46 yards but resulted in a fumble recovered by Adrian. Another 12-play drive by the Bulldogs resulted in a one-yard touchdown rush by Jack Wurzer with seven seconds remaining in the first quarter. A failed extra point attempt kept the score 13-0.
  • After punts by each team on their next drives, WLC recovered a fumble on a punt return only to turn the ball over on downs four plays later. Another Bulldog fumble resulted in good field position for the Warriors and a junior Jake Buhler (Greenville, Wis.) field goal made the score 13-3.
  • Adrian answered quickly, however, as Colton Randle took the first play of the ensuing drive 75 yards for a touchdown. Freshman quarterback Nick Yockey (Gig Harbor, Wash.) threw an interception on the following drive but the Bulldogs drive stalled just past midfield and the game went the half with Adrian leading 20-3.
  • The second half opened with Adrian's third fumble of the game, and this time the Warriors were able to capatilize, as sophomore Alan Jackson (Norwalk, Calif.) scored from one yard out. The Bulldogs extended the lead again to 26-10 with a short two-yard touchdown on their next possession.
  • Three consecutive Warriors drives ended with turnovers, but each time the defense was able to force Adrian to punt.
  • With just over 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Yockey found junior Sam Boone (Mindoro, Wis.) for a 55-yard touchdown pass. A failed two-point try by the Warriors and a field goal by the Bulldogs on the following possession made the score 29-16 with five minutes to play.
  • The Warriors moved the ball quickly, gaining 61 yards on two plays before Yockey found Christopher Nickson (Sterling Heights, Mich.) in the back of the end zone for an eight-yard score. Trailing by six, the Warriors forced an interception with two and a half minutes to play when pressure caused an errant pass that Mykael Ignaszak (Cudahy, Wis.) tracked down.
  • A second touchdown for Jackson tied the game with just over a minute and half remaining, but the extra point attempt to gain the lead was blocked. Adrian drove down the field but missed a field goal attempt as time expired to send the game to overtime.
  • The first overtime possession for the Warriors ended in an interception, but the Bulldogs failed to convert a field goal attempt again, sending the game to a second overtime. This time Adrian converted a field goal to take the lead, but WLC missed a chance to tie the game as a 30-yard field goal try missed left, and the Bulldogs won 32-29.

  • Yockey finished the afternoon with 391 yards passing on 24 completions, good for 16.3 yards per completion. It was the second consecutive game with over 300 yards passing for the freshman.
  • Jackson ended with 87 yards rushing and 54 yards receiving, along with the two touchdowns.
  • The Warriors totaled 482 yards of offense, but went 5-for-13 on third downs.
  • Sophomore Gabe Luce (Oakley, Mich.) and Boone tallied 89 and 84 yards receiving, respectively. 
  • Ignaszak finished with 16 total tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss and an interception. Sophomore Ty Castillo (San Antonio, Texas) and senior Jody Styczynski (Coleman, Wis.) each added 12 tackles..

  • The Bulldogs rushed for 354 yards on 60 attempts, resulting in 5.9 yards per carry. Randle led the way with 27 carries for 207 yards, and Neal finished with 103 yards on 20 attempts.
  • Wurzer threw for 197 yards, with Henry Wilson on the receiving end of 119 yards on five catches.

  • The Warriors are off next Saturday before opening conference play October 5 at Rockford (1-2) with kickoff scheduled for 1:00 p.m. The Regents are coming off a 51-16 defeat at Alma Saturday. Live stats and video will be available for the game at WLCSports.com.