Muskies crush Crusaders
Athletics - posted on 11/6/2010
The Lakeland College football team delivered its first Northern Athletics Conference road victory in dominating fashion on Saturday with a 42-0 shutout over Maranatha Baptist Bible College.
It's the second time this season the Muskies (3-6, 2-4) have notched a shut-out, having beaten Rockford College 42-0 on Oct. 9. Lakeland finished with 410 total yards, including 130 yards rushing, giving the Muskies back-to-back 100-yard rushing performances for the first time since rushing for 122 and 140 yards on Nov. 7 and Nov. 14, last season.
"I'm extremely happy with how well our guys have rebounded after last weeks tough loss," Lakeland head coach Kevin Doherty said. "We had a great week of practice. We focused on several things and it showed in the turnover department."
Lakeland's defense limited Maranatha (0-9, 0-6) to 169 total yards and eight first downs. At halftime, Lakeland led 28-0 and was out gaining Maranatha 240 to 66 and the Crusaders had just two first downs.
Junior running back Jeremy Williams led the rushing attack with 79 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns, while freshman Tyler Muzzy had 5 carries for 30 yards and a TD. Sophomore Justin Laack also had an 11-yard touchdown, the first score of the game.
"I was happy with our run game this week," Doherty said. "I felt we had a great week of practice on offense with the running game. Our running backs ran great, three of them scored a touchdown, we were very happy about that."
Defensively, sophomore linebacker Bruce Romagnoli had seven tackles, junior defensive end Jason Bruggink had four tackles, one for a loss and senior linebacker Ray Diven had a 43-yard interception return for a touchdown, giving Lakeland a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter.
"I'm very happy with our defense today," defensive coordinator Colin Bruton said. "Any time you can force six turnovers, it's something you can be pretty proud off. I was impressed by Pete Lawlor today, he stepped up in the fourth quarter and helped preserve the shutout with two big interceptions. We had several guys step up and play well and it was good to see."
Lakeland senior quarterback Jake Dworak finished 17-for-23 with 280 yards, one TD pass and zero interceptions. Senior receiver Roberto Flores caught seven passes for 115 yards and one touchdown. This was Flores' fourth 100-yard receiving game this season, but his first since going for 128 yards and a touchdown against Rockford on Oct. 9.
"Jake Dworak played great," Doherty said. "He completed a high percentage of passes and did what we needed him to do to win. Now we need to refocus and hopefully we can get the same type of production next week. We have the Cheese Bowl next week and it's senior day, we are all excited and can't wait to play that game."
Lakeland may not have a shot at the conference crown, but they still have a lot to play for as they host Concordia, Wis. in the Cheese Bowl, Saturday, Nov. 13 at noon.
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