Catch This - Football Draws Another Ranked Opponent in #15 Whitewater
Athletics - posted on 9/12/2005
Last week, the Muskie football team had their upset bid of #15 Carthage struck down when the Redmen stormed back from a 13-0 deficit to win 20-16. This week, the Muskies get another shot at #15 as the UW-Whitewater Warhawks, who moved up from #17 in the latest d3football.com poll, make a visit to Taylor Field.
Last year, the Muskies held strong against the powerful Warhawks until late in the third quarter when Whitewater scored 20 unanswered points to end the game at 48-28.
The Muskie offense out-gained Whitewater, 404-344, in that game. Quarterback Ryan Maiuri passed for 170 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for an additional 71 yards.
Whitewater's Colin Burns racked up 125 yards rushing on the day, the most of any Lakeland opponent last year. However, Burns was forced to cut his career short and will not be a factor this week.
Instead, junior quarterback Justin Jacobs leads the Warhawk offense. Jacobs passed for 303 yards and two touchdowns last week in Whitewater's 34-20 win over Saint Xavier.
Facing them will be a young Lakeland defense that effectively shut down the Carthage attack throughout the game last week, allowing only 236 total yards and forcing five turnovers, two of which were converted into points.
Ryan Van De Loo, one of only two seniors on the Muskie defense, leads the team in tackles (18.5), sacks (2), tackles for loss (5), and interceptions (1).
After going on the road each of the last four times they've faced a WIAC opponent, Lakeland will again get to play host for the first time since a 34-6 defeat at the hands of UW-Stout in 2000.
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