Foresters Respond with 42 Unanswered Points to Down Warriors
The Wisconsin Lutheran College Warriors got off to a great start on Saturday, jumping out to a 7-0 lead, but things turned quickly. The club gave up 42 unanswered points, falling to the Lake Forest Foresters, 42-7. The Warriors threw for just 99 yards, but the team rushed for 148 yards. Justin Parbs had 84 yards rushing.
The Warriors got off to a great start. WLC went for the onside kick on the opening kickoff, but it was recovered by the Foresters. However, the Warriors defense forced a turnover on downs on just four plays.
That gave the ball to Wisconsin Lutheran at their own 37. The coaching staff kept the ball on the ground for seven of the first nine plays, moving to the Lake Forest 15. On first down, Matthew Davis found Carter Schneider for a touchdown to put the Warriors on top by seven.
The Foresters responded, moving 65 yards in six plays to tie the score. Damon Bonds had the big play of the drive, racing left for 31 yards. A face masking penalty added 15 yards. Four plays later, Tre Stewart found Alan Hanson for a six-yard touchdown.
Just before the end of the first quarter, Jamil Gordon fumbled at his own 10. Doug Antonucci recovered the ball. Three plays later, A.J. Jackson scored from six yards out to put the Foresters on top by seven.
Lake Forest then went on an 11-play drive, reaching the Warriors 15. The team went for the field goal, but Javier Murillo blocked the attempt. That gave WLC the ball at their own 15, but they moved only seven yards before they were forced to punt. This time it was the Foresters that received the big special teams play, as Antonucci blocked the punt, giving Lake Forest the ball at the WLC 9.
Once again, the Warriors defense stepped up, sacking Stewart on the first play. The Foresters were faced with a fourth and goal at the 21 and opted to go for it, but Stewart was stuffed for no gain, turning the ball over on downs.
It was a very good effort by the Warriors defense who bent but did not break. That sent the game to the half with the Foresters leading 14-7. However, things unraveled quickly coming out of the break.
The Foresters scored on their first drive of the half, moving 90 yards in 10 plays to extend their lead to 14. Bonds carried the ball on the first three plays, moving to the 23. On third and eight, Stewart found Langston Matoyer for 47 yards down to the 19. Four plays later, Bonds scored from nine yards out to make it 21-7.
The Foresters got the ball right back, as the first pass by Davis was picked off by Charles Fordon. Four plays later, Armani Brown scored from six yards out to make it 28-7.
The Foresters continued to dominate in the fourth quarter, scoring 19 seconds into the frame. That came on a 43-yard strike from Stewart to Jackson to extend the lead to 28. With 3:20 left in the game, Jayce Knutsen scored from 10 yards out to make it 42-7.
After producing 63 yards on their opening drive, the Warriors produced 184 over the remainder of the game. Davis completed seven of 22 passes for 36 yards with a TD and an interception. Nathan LeBorde was 4-8 for 41 yards and Elijah Shevey was 2-7 for 22 yards. Parbs carried the ball 16 times for 84 yards and Jalen Harris had six carries for 29 yards. Ty Castillo led the team with seven tackles.
The Warriors welcome Carroll next Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00.
By Robert Pannier