Warriors Score First, Unable To Keep Pace In Loss At Lakeland

Photo Credit: Jarrod Erbe
Photo Credit: Jarrod Erbe

PLYMOUTH, Wis. (WLCSports.com) – A first-quarter fumble recovery for a touchdown allowed the Wisconsin Lutheran College football team to take an early lead, but the Warriors were unable to score again as they fell 39-6 to Lakeland Saturday afternoon at Taylor Field.

  • Final Score: Lakeland 39, Wisconsin Lutheran 6
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (1-6, 1-3 NACC), Lakeland (4-3, 3-1 NACC)
  • Location: Taylor Field, Plymouth, Wis.

  • The Warriors took the opening drive 31 yards to the Muskies' 34-yard line, but the drive stalled and freshman quarterback Nick Yockey (Gig Harbor, Wash.) missed on a fourth down pass attempt with pressure coming towards him.
  • The Muskies failed to move the ball on their opening possession, and on fouth down, punter Kyle Ericsson was unable to corral the snap and Warriors junior defensive back Mykael Ignaszak (Cudahy, Wis.) recovered the ball and raced to the endzone for a 19-yard touchdown. WLC failed to convert the extra point and held a 6-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
  • Each team punted on their next possessions, before Ignaszak forced a fumble which was recovered by sophomore linebacker Ty Castillo (San Antonio, Texas) at the LU 26-yard line. The Warriors were unable to capitalize on the field position, as a penalty forced them to punt.
  • Following punts by both teams, the Muskies tied the game on a 22-yard run by Larry Rivers early in the second quarter. The Warriors blocked the extra point attempt to keep the game tied at 6-6.
  • Lakeland forced a Warriors three-and-out and found some success, picking up 46 yards on eight plays. But a second fumble by Rivers was recovered by Ignaszak ending the drive. WLC failed to move the ball however, and punted after gaining just two yards.
  • Just before halftime, the Muskies put together a six-play, 61-yard drive that culminated in a 10-yard touchdown pass from Logan O'Neill to give the Muskies a 13-6 lead at the break.
  • The second half started with turnovers by both teams, as the Warriors forced an interception before Yockey fumbled in Muskies territory to end the scoring chance. Lakeland took advantage and drove the ball downfield and scored on a 20-yard rush by Dezmon Eddie.
  • Neither team could pick up a first down on the next three drives before the Muskies put together a 62-yard drive that resulted in a one-yard touchdown run. Lakeland held a 25-6 lead at the end of the third quarter.
  • WLC punted again and the Muskies used another extended drive to push the lead to 32-6 as Eddie scored from one yard out.
  • With under five minutes remaining, Warriors freshman quarterback Anthony Munoz (Buena Park, Calif.) was intercepted and returned 23 yards for a Lakeland touchdown. The Warriors were unable to move the ball on the ensuing possession and LU ran out the clock for a 39-6 victory.

  • Ignaszak finished with a game-high 16 tackles, the fifth consecutive game with double-digit tackles for the junior. He added two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, while scoring the first Warriors defensive touchdown this season in the first quarter.
  • Freshman Jade Burge (Woodland, Ala.) was right behind with 15 tackles, including one sack.
  • Senior Todd Lehman (Harvard, Ill.) rushed for 33 yards and sophomore Gabe Luce (Oakley, Mich.) caught three passes for 36 yards for WLC.

  • Running back Larry Rivers rushed for 211 yards on 29 carries, good for 7.3 yards per carry as the Muskies ran for 340 total yards. Dezmon Eddie added 83 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Lakeland finished with 14 tackles for loss and three sacks, led by Shazon Crutcher and Tim Jarrad, who had two-and-a-half tackles for loss each.

  • The Warriors remain on the road next Saturday when they travel to River Forest, Illinois to take on Concordia Chicago (4-3, 2-2 NACC) at 12:00 p.m. WLC defeated the Cougars 30-27 last season and has won six straight meetings. Live stats and video will be available for the game at WLCSports.com.