Football Downed by #15 Whitewater
Athletics - posted on 9/17/2005
The Lakeland Muskie football team's hopes for an upset of #15 UW-Whitewater were quickly dashed as the Warhawks trounced the Muskies, 73-12, at Taylor Field on Saturday, Sept. 7.
After Lakeland pulled within two at 14-12 with 11:15 left in the second quarter, Whitewater rolled off 59 straight points to finish off the Muskies.
"The game was just two halves," said head coach Jim Zebrowski. "The first 25 minutes it was a really good football game, which makes you feel good knowing you can at least compete."
Whitewater jumped out to an early 14-0 lead, but Lakeland came back, pulling within eight on a two-yard run by sophomore Shawn Lee. Senior quarterback Ryan Maiuri attributed for 29 yards passing and 34 yards rushing on the drive.
On the Warhawks' next possession, Lakeland's sophomore defensive tackle Josh Labelle stripped the ball from Justin Beaver, giving the Muskies possession at the Whitewater 45-yard line.
The Muskies caught a break on the ensuing drive when a fourth down conversion on a pass from Maiuri to sophomore MacArthur White was first ruled a reception, then ruled incomplete, then overturned a second time to give Lakeland a first down at the Warhawk eight-yard line.
On the next play, Lakeland almost lost possession when Maiuri met a wall of defenders scrambling for the goal line, knocking the ball loose, but Maiuri managed to retrieve the loose ball and on the following play, scrambled the remaining yard for the score. The two-point conversion attempted failed, making the score 14-12.
Maiuri ended the game with 151 yards passing, completing 14 of 30 passes, and rushed for another 87 yards. He has led the team in passing and rushing in each of the three games this season.
Lakeland's offense gained 353 yards, but its defense gave up 635 to the powerful Warhawk offense.
"We've done that to so many people over the last two years, and this was the first time it ever happened to us," Zebrowski said. "Next week's the most important week, seeing if they're going to play or if we're going to start questioning ourselves."
Next week, the Muskies travel to Lisle, Ill. for their conference opener against Benedictine, which the Muskies beat 75-7 last year at Taylor Field. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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