Defending NACC Champs Hold Off Warriors In OT

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

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – For the second time in the last three games, the Wisconsin Lutheran College football team scored late in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime. However, the Warriors were unable to score in the extra frame as they fell 26-20 to defending conference champion Eureka Saturday afternoon at Raabe Stadium.

  • Final Score: Eureka 26, Wisconsin Lutheran 20 (OT)
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (1-4, 1-1 NACC), Eureka (3-2, 1-1 NACC)
  • Location: Raabe Stadium, Milwaukee, Wis.

  • Eureka took the opening drive 51 yards on 14 plays, but was unable to come away with more than a field goal as the Warriors made three consecutive stops from inside the two yard line.
  • Both teams struggled to find much success on offense as the next nine possessions ended with six punts and three turnover-on-downs.
  • With just over a minute to play in the first half, Warriors sophomore linebacker Ty Castillo (San Antonio, Texas) forced a fumble, giving WLC good field position at the Red Devils' 47 yard line. The Warriors capitalized as freshman quarterback Nick Yockey (Gig Harbor, Wash.) found senior wide receiver Javion Morgan for a 47-yard touchdown pass to give WLC a 7-3 lead.
  • Eureka tried to answer before halftime, but a hail-mary attempt on the final play of the half was intercepted by Tony Orlando (Hoffman Estates, Ill.).
  • The Warriors got the ball to start the second half but a fumble on the first play of the drive gave the Red Devils a first-and-goal from the one yard line. Joe Hughes punched it in for Eureka, and after a failed two-point attempt, the Red Devils held a 9-7 lead.
  • A WLC turnover via an interception gave Eureka good field position again. This time the Warriors defense forced a turnover-on-downs, as the Red Devils failed to convert on a fourth-and-one.
  • Following a Warriors punt, Eureka picked up 28 yards on seven plays and added a 36-yard field goal to extend their lead to 12-7 midway through the third quarter.
  • Yockey and the Warriors answered quickly, as the quarterback found sophomore Brandon Livingston (Carson, Calif.) for a 65-yard touchdown pass which regained the lead for WLC at 13-12.
  • The next possession for each team ended in a fumble, before Eureka completed a 13-play, 59-yard drive capped by a two-yard touchdown run. A successful two-point try gave them a seven-point lead at 20-13 with just over seven minutes to play in the fourth quarter.
  • The Warriors returned the favor as Yockey found Morgan for a 26-yard touchdown to even the score at 20-20 with four minutes to play.
  • Eureka's chance to win the game in regulation was ruined after senior Zach Brug (Sturtevant, Wis.) chased down the quarterback for a 12-yard sack, which pushed the Red Devils out of field goal range.
  • WLC received the ball to start the overtime, but Yockey was intercepted on a third-down pass attempt. The Red Devils moved the ball quickly and Hughes punched in a three-yard touchdown for the overtime victory for Eureka.

  • Yockey finished with 208 yards passing and three touchdowns on 10 completions, including connections of 65 and 47 yards. The freshman has racked up 13 touchdown passes in the first five games for the Warriors.
  • Morgan caught three passes for 79 yards and two scores to lead the receivers.
  • Castillo and Mykael Ignaszak (Cudahy, Wis.) led the team with 20 and 15 tackles respectively. Ignaszak added two sacks and two tackles for loss. It marked his third consecutive game with at least 15 tackles, and the second consecutive with multiple sacks.
  • He leads the team with 62 tackles on the season. Castillo is second with 59 tackles.

  • Eureka ran the ball 62 times, good for 211 rushing yards. Hughes led the way, receiving 38 carries for 180 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Barth completed 16 of 33 passes for 146 yards and an interception as the Warriors found ways to limit his ability to find receivers down the field.

  • The Warriors continue their two-game homestand when they host Benedictine (3-2, 2-0 NACC) for Homecoming next Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The Eagles are coming off a 48-13 victory over Rockford Saturday afternoon. Live stats and video will be available for the game at WLCSports.com.