Muskies end season with loss to Spartans
Athletics - posted on 11/4/2006
Lakeland dropped its final contest of the season to Illini Badger Conference foe Aurora 25-20 on Saturday in Aurora.
The game was full of turnovers on both sides of the ball with the Muskies having four and the Spartans finishing with two.
"It was a microcosm of our whole season," said Lakeland head coach Jim Zebrowski. "It's just today our mistakes were more magnified."
Despite the Muskies mistakes, they were still able to put themselves in the record books.
Late in the first quarter, junior quarterback Brad Wilk connected with freshman receiver Isiah Calhoun on a 98-yard score for the first score of the game. The pass set an Aurora Field record and was the longest an Aurora opponent has ever had.
Aurora would come back late in the second quarter to make it a tied, 7-7 game going into the half.
In the third, Muskie freshman punter Nic Horstmeier had the snap fly over his head deep in Lakeland territory. Horstmeier would recover at the Lakeland two yard line, but it set up a scoring opportunity for the Spartans to jump ahead 13-7.
On the Muskies next possession, Wilk fumbled on a lateral attempt giving Aurora possession deep in Muskie territory. The Spartans were able to convert on the Muskies misfortune for another score and a 19-7 lead.
However, the Muskies were far from out. Wilk and Calhoun connected again for their second time on the day, this time from three yards out. Horstmeier would get the extra point put the Muskies on the board again, making it a 19-14.
In the fourth, Aurora would fumble on their own 32 yard line to set up the Muskies for another score. Wilk connected with senior receiver Eric Royal from seven yards out to give the Muskies their final lead of the game 20-19.
The Spartans came right back on their next possession for a TD and to take the win.
Offensively, Wilk had a solid game for the Muskies. He finished 18-of-31 for 230 yards and three touchdowns. Calhoun had also had a fine game with three receptions for 131 yards and two touchdowns.
"Brad did pretty well," said Zebrowski. "He threw the ball well despite the wind."
Lakeland's defense had yet another stellar game and have been solid all season long. Sophomore linebacker John Wagner had nine tackles and one forced fumble, while junior linebacker Phil Sims had seven tackles, one forced fumble and a pass break-up.
With the loss, the Muskies finish their season 5-5 overall and 5-2 in the IBFC.
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