Defense wins!

Defense wins!


The Luther Cup stays in Mequon and the Falcons stay atop the NAC standings after a chilly rain-soaked13-0 win over Wisconsin Lutheran. That's all good news.
When is the last time you heard that a football team had only four first downs and totaled 75 yards of offense in a victory? Chances are it occurred in a game where weather was not suited for football…or any other outdoor activity - like last night.

The rain poured down game-long with temperatures in the 40's but opportunistic Concordia made enough big plays defensively to overcome the meager offensive output and move to 4-0 in the NAC while dropping WLC to .500.

A 24 yard interception return by CUW's Justin Rogers midway thru the first quarter provided what turned out to be all the points that Concordia would need. It was one of three pickoffs by Falcon defenders, who also recovered a pair of Warrior fumbles.

Two of those other turnovers resulted in "security" field goals by amazing Dan Winsey who has drilled nine of ten attempts this season.

Statistics do not tell the story of this encounter as the frustrated hosts outgained Concordia almost 4-1 and converted 10 third down plays to just one for the Falcons. It was all about defense for Greg Etter's squad as Warrior star Dominique James was held to 4 catches for 29 yards after snaring 7 TD tosses in the previous six games. Lutheran was only 9-31 through the air for 93 yards but the hosts churned out 169 yards on the ground. CUW, on the other hand, never got anything going on offense as 29 rushes netted 20 yards and 9 pass completions covered another 55.

Anthony Hoitink had a terrific performance for the Falcons defensively with six solo tackles and a trio of sacks, plus a 37 yard average on six punts in the miserable conditions.

A win is a win; nobody drowned; and the Falcons are still alone in first place heading into a key 1:00pm Halloween matchup at CU- Chicago against the pass-happy 5-1 Cougars who play Maranatha this Saturday.

Concordia Wisconsin. 7 3 0 3 - 13 Record: (4-3,4-0)

Wisconsin Lutheran.. 0 0 0 0 - 0 Record: (3-4,2-2)

Scoring Summary:

1st 08:31 CUW-Rogers, Justin 24 yd interception return (Winsey, Daniel kick)

2nd 14:48 CUW-Winsey, Daniel 36 yd field goal

4th 13:33 CUW-Winsey, Daniel 24 yd field goal