Muskies grind out win over Maranatha
Athletics - posted on 10/31/2009
The Lakeland College football team held Maranatha to 29 yards of offense Saturday afternoon in a 19-0 Northern Athletics Conference victory at Taylor Memorial Field.
The Muskies (4-4, 4-1 NAC) scored touchdowns in each of the first three quarters as both teams endured sloppy field conditions following steady rain in the Sheboygan area earlier this week.
"The field conditions today were really awful, but we adjusted accordingly and did what we needed to do," Lakeland head coach Kevin Doherty said. "The defense played lights-out today. We had a few too many drops on offense but made plays when we needed to."
Senior Jacob Heinemeyer caught his first of two touchdowns just over five minutes into the first quarter on a 26 yard strike from quarterback Jake Dworak.
Sophomore Jeremy Williams pounded into the end zone from five yards out before halftime as Lakeland took a 13-0 lead into the break. The drive was extended when Dworak converted on 4-10 from the Maranatha 26 yard line by finding tight end Eric Zuelsdorf on a 21 yard pass.
Heinemeyer recorded the final Lakeland score in the third quarter from 36 yards out from Dworak. His seven catches and 115 yards were both game-highs.
The Muskies shut down any rushing attempts from Maranatha, forcing the Crusaders to run for -24 yards on 27 attempts. Muskie defensive back Tony Faller made three tackles-for-loss for a total of 30 yards as Maranatha reached Lakeland territory just twice and never advanced beyond the Lakeland 30 yard line.
Lakeland converted just two of eight fourth down attempts, choosing to go for the first down often while punting just twice on the day.
"We probably went for it on fourth down too much, but the conditions and where we were on the field combined with how well our defense was playing led us to go for the first down more often this week.
With the win, Lakeland moves into a three-way tie at the top of the NAC standings with Concordia Wisconsin and Concordia Chicago. Concordia Chicago knocked off Concordia Wisconsin earlier this afternoon in double overtime, converting a two-point conversion for the 22-21 win. The Cougars control their own destiny, holding victories over both Concordia Wisconsin and Lakeland.
The Muskies travel next Saturday, November 7, to Mequon for the 2009 Cheese Bowl against Concordia Wisconsin. Kick off is slated for noon.
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