Muskies win and Force Three Way Tie atop IBFC
Athletics - posted on 10/30/2004
The Lakeland football team overcame missed opportunities and a late pass interference penalty to sneak past conference leader Aurora, 14-13, on Saturday.
The Muskies were able to stop the Spartans short of a comeback, after a pass to the end zone from Andrew Hornung floated just out of the reach of Troy Blaser that sealed the win for Lakeland.
Marcus Denham put the Muskies on top 6-0 early in the game on an 11 yard rush up the middle.
Aurora came back at the top of the second quarter on a 12 yard touchdown pass from Hornung to Rob Bieritz that put the Spartans up 7-6.
Lakeland scored what would eventually be the game winning touchdown on a 6 yard run by Aaron Barrie that capped off a dominating 7 minute and 19 second drive. Barrie then plunged into the end zone on the two-point conversion to make the score 14-7.
Aurora responded with a 3-yard run by Daniel Whalen, but the extra point attempt sailed wide right, and would eventually doom the Spartans.
Barrie finished the game with 136 yards rushing on 29 attempts for the Muskies, who gained 243 yards as a team on the ground.
With the wind gusting all day, the Muskies could not put together a passing attack, with quarterback Ryan Mauiri throwing for only 78 yards on 8-17 completions.
The Muskie offense moved the ball effectively, but turned the ball over four times inside the Aurora 30 yard line, three times on downs and once on an interception.
The win by Lakeland moved them into a three way tie with Aurora and Concordia (WI) atop the Illini-Badger Conference.
Lakeland needed to beat Aurora by 20 points in order to move ahead of both the Spartans and Concordia (WI).
In the event of a three-way tie atop the conference, rules state that point differentials between the tied teams are taken to break the tie. Concordia held the edge, having beaten Lakeland by 18 and having lost to Aurora by 17, the Falcons owned a +1. The Muskies were at -18 after the loss to the Falcons; therefore, Lakeland was forced to cover the 20-point margin.
Had Lakeland covered, they would have controlled their own destiny heading into next week’s game against Greenville.
Instead, Lakeland will need Concordia to lose either this week against Benedictine or next week at Eureka to receive a playoff berth.
Aurora needs a win and a Concordia win to clinch their playoff berth.
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