#4 Wheaton Throttles Falcons
Concordia (0-3) trailed 40-0 by halftime as host Wheaton (2-0) amassed nearly 400 yards of first half offense on the way to a 54-3 win over CUW Saturday night.
Ranked 4th nationally, the Thunder returned the opening kickoff to their own 34 and then drove 66 yards in six plays for the game's first score behind their huge offensive line.
Concordia's Anthony Hoitink punted beautifully inside Wheaton's 5 after the first Falcon possession stalled inside Wheaton territory, but the Thunder's Freddy Ellis snared a 95 yard TD toss from Sean Norris on the next play and the rout was on.
Norris completed a second TD toss (this time just a 2 yarder) before the quarter ended to make it 20-0. That TD completed a 73 yard drive and gave Wheaton 234 yards of offense in the first quarter alone.
Three second quarter touchdowns made it 40-0 at the half as the Thunder's powerful veteran line dominated the line of scrimmage.
Reserves dotted the field during the second half with the hosts getting two more third quarter TDs before CUW got a 40 yard 4th quarter field goal from Dan Winsey to close out the scoring and avoid a shutout. Winsey has connected in each of CUW's first three games and has a field goal streak going back to the middle of the 2008 season.
CUW totalled only 30 rushing yards on 26 attempts for the entire game and added just 95 passing while mighty Wheaton amassed 233 yards on the ground along with 311 through the air. TJ Pacchioli completed 14 of 24 short passes for the Falcons but was sacked four times. Zac Wielepski and Paul Metcalfe led Falcon tackle charts with 9 each.
Greg Etter's team has two weeks to regroup from the incredibly rugged non-conference schedule before opening NAC play at Maranatha on October 3rd. No NAC opponents will strike fear in Falcon hearts after the opening Bethel, Valpo, Wheaton salvo.