Muskies look to capture Cheese Bowl for third straight year
Athletics - posted on 11/9/2010
The Lakeland College football team hopes to retain the Cheese Bowl trophy when it faces rival Concordia, Wis., Saturday at noon at Taylor Field. Lakeland has won the Cheese Bowl each of the last two seasons.
Saturday is also an opportunity for Lakeland to celebrate its seniors, and build for the future.
"This is an exciting week for our seniors," Lakeland head coach Kevin Doherty said. "Ending the season at home playing the Cheese Bowl is a great way to end the season. A win would be a big momentum builder going into the offseason. It's the senior's last game, and it's nice for them that it's at home."
The Muskies (3-6, 2-4) are coming off a dominating 42-0 win over Maranatha Baptist last Saturday. The Falcons (2-7, 2-4) are coming off a 49-20 loss to Concordia University Chicago.
The Falcons' offense is averaging just 192 yards per game, 81 rushing and 111 passing. They are led by sophomore quarterback Pat Czerwiec, who has completed 76 of 197 passes for 808 yards, four touchdowns and seven interceptions.
The Falcons' receivers are led by sophomore Leon Davis, who has 30 catches for 393 yards and one touchdown. Senior Tommy Guest has 17 catches for 173 yards and one touchdown, and sophomore Erik West adds 14 catches for 140 yards.
The Falcons running game features 6-foot-1, 230-pound sophomore Carlton Austin, who has 360 yards on 98 carries and two touchdowns. Austin leads a cast of running backs that have combined for 729 yards on 316 carries and seven touchdowns.
"Concordia has struggled a little bit offensively this year, but have really come on late this season," said Lakeland defensive coordinator Colin Bruton. "They start with a power running game that features Austin, who is probably the biggest back we have seen all season. They mix in some play-action and look for big plays with Leon Davis being their top deep threat. As long as we can handle our emotions and stay focused, we will be in pretty good shape."
Lakeland's offense, which seems to be improving, is averaging 287.9 yards per game, 84.1 rushing and 203.8 passing. Senior QB Jake Dworak has completed 138 of 301 passes for 1,827 yards, 12 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
The Muskies' receivers are led by senior Roberto Flores, who has 56 catches for 805 yards and seven touchdowns. Senior Travis Skarda has 19 catches for 227 yards and sophomore Logan Hughley has added 18 catches for 256 yards and one touchdown. Senior tight end Eric Zuelsdorf is the team's second leading receiver with 22 catches for 293 yards and three touchdowns.
Junior running back Jeremy Williams leads all Muskie backs with 473 yards on 146 carries and nine touchdowns. Williams leads a group that has rushed for 757 yards on 326 carries and 16 touchdowns.
"On offense, we need to limit our turnovers," Doherty said. "It was nice not having any turnovers last week, and we'd like to repeat that performance. We are looking for solid play at the quarterback position as well. Last week, Jake completed a good percentage of his passes and made good decisions and it made a difference in the end result. We need to sustain our drives and come away with points in the red zone."
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