Warriors Fall Short In Senior Day Finale

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – The Wisconsin Lutheran College football team closed out its 2019 season with a 28-21 Senior Day setback against NACC foe Concordia Wisconsin Saturday afternoon at Raabe Stadium in the Lutheran Bowl.

  • Final Score: Concordia Wisconsin 28, Wisconsin Lutheran 21
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (2-8, 2-5 NACC), Concordia Wisconsin (5-5, 3-4 NACC)
  • Location: Raabe Stadium, Milwaukee, Wis.

  • Concordia Wisconsin found the endzone first on the fourth possession of the game as Matt Montgomery beat the Warriors defense to the edge and raced in for a seven yard score. Montgomery accounted for 43 of the 47 yards gained by the Falcons on the drive.
  • Late in the first quarter, the Falcons forced a Warriors fumble, but were unable to make anything of the good field position, losing seven yards on three plays as the Warriors defense held strong.
  • After the punt, the Warriors put together one of their best drives of the season, marching 80 yards on 10 plays. Freshman Nick Yockey (Gig Harbor, Wash.) found senior Matt Brannan (Huntley, Ill.) from seven yards out to tie the game at 7-7 with 9:33 left in the second quarter.
  • Following three consecutive punts, WLC gained the lead with just over two minutes left before halftime on a 44-yard touchdown strike from Yockey to sophomore Gabe Luce (Oakley, Mich.) who out-ran the Falcons defense down the sideline for the score.
  • With just over two minutes remaining in the first half, the Falcons answered with a scoring drive of their own. James Linn led a nine-play, 67-yard drive that was capped off with a six-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Tenette. However, the extra point sailed wide right and the Warriors maintained a 14-13 lead at the half.
  • Concordia Wisconsin took the lead out of the halftime break on a 12-play, 75-yard drive as Linn found Tanner Hill for a 16-yard score. Linn snuck in for the two-point conversion to give the Falcons a seven-point lead.
  • The Warriors punted on their next possession and the Falcons marched down to the home team's 10-yard line, but were unable to convert it into any points after a field goal try was sent wide left.
  • The Falcons extended the lead just a couple minutes later however, after Josiah McDermit undercut a route, intercepted Yockey's pass and scampered 47 yards for a touchdown. With the extra point make, the Falcons led 28-14 at the end of the third quarter.
  • The Warriors moved the ball down to their opponent's 13-yard line in a must-score situation. Facing 4th and 3, Yockey's pass to the endzone was deflected, by senior Marquis Davis (Urbana, Ill.) was able to snatch the ball out of the air for the score.
  • The Warriors forced the Falcons to punt, but Yockey was intercepted on a fourth down pass attempt inside CUW territory that was returned 28 yards. The Falcons drive went backwards 11 yards before punting, but Yockey was intercepted with just a minute left on the Falcons half of the field and the visitors ran out the clock for the win.

  • Yockey finished the day with 195 yards passing and three touchdowns on 19 completions and 31 attempts. The 61.3 completion percentage was the freshman's highest mark of the season.
  • Luce led the Warriors with 69 yards on three catches and a touchdown. Davis added three receptions for 45 yards.
  • Defensively, junior Mykael Ignaszak (Cudahy, Wis.) and freshman Jade Burge (Woodland, Ala.) each finished with 12 total tackles to pace the Warriors. Ignaszak added a sack and a pass breakup, while Burge finished with three and a half tackles for loss. WLC held the Falcons rushing attack to just 82 yards on 38 carries, good for 2.2 yards per carry.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran honored its 21 seniors who played their final game in the Green and White during a pregame ceremony.

  • Linn finished with 221 yards passing and a pair of touchdown passes while adding 37 rushing yards on 19 carries. Hill finished with seven receptions for 126 receiving yards and a score to lead the Falcons.
  • Connor Stoming and Devin Shibilski led the team with eight tackles. The Falcons finished with five tackles for loss and a trio of interceptions including one returned for touchdown.

  • The Warriors close out the 2019 season with a 2-8 overall record and 2-5 record in the NACC.