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Lakeland College opened its 2007 football season with a 41-7 loss to UW-Whitewater, the nation's second ranked team, in the Muskies' 2006 home opener at Taylor Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Muskies' defense was able to hold the two-time defending Division III national runner-up to just 41 points this season, a big improvement over the 75-14 loss last season and a 73-12 loss in 2005.
First-year Lakeland head coach Kevin Doherty was please with his team's performance.
"I'm very proud of how hard our team played for all 60 minutes of football," said Doherty. "I was extremely pleased with our defense, and our offense showed some signs of coming together. Overall, I feel great and feel we have a lot to build on."
The Warhawks got on the board first with on two-yard run by senior running back Justin Beaver with just 2:05 in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead. But Lakeland's defense held the Warhawks to a pair of field goals before Whitewater scored a second TD to take a 20-0 halftime lead.
The Warhawks would put another TD on the board with 6:52 in the third. The Muskies responded with their lone score on the day, an 86-yard kickoff return by senior wide receiver MacArthur White.
Junior defensive back Justin Medard and freshman defensive back Keith Woodson paced the Muskies defense with 10 tackles each.
Offensively, senior quarterback Brad Wilk was 9 for 25 passing with one interception. White paced the Muskies with five receptions for 25 yards, while senior Paul Resop led the rushing attack with 23 yards on 11 carries.
Next week, the Muskies will head to Carthage College for their first of four straight road games. The game is set for Saturday at 7 p.m. at Kenosha, Wis.