Football routs Rockford for first win of the season
Box Score: CUW 46, RC 14
Rockford, Ill. -- The scoring started with the Concordia University Wisconsin defense blocking Rockford College's first punt attempt, allowing sophomore Ryan Zaporski (Jackson, Wis.) to return it five yards for a TD less than two minutes into the game.
Before the affair ended, the Falcons (1-3, 1-0 NAC) offense had added plenty of their own damage in what eventually became a satisfying 46-14 Northern Athletics Conference road rout.
Head coach Greg Etter's team had no problem piling up yardage on this day as sophomore Joseph Paul (West Bend, Wis.), junior Carlton Austin (Kingsford Heights, Ind.), and freshman Austin Damaschke (Bristol, Wis.) combined for 165 of CUW's 182 rushing yards.
In his first career start, Damaschke was 16 of 24 through the air for 228 yards and a TD.
After Zaporski's short return made it 7-0, Austin rambled in from two yards out to make it 13-0 midway thru the initial quarter.
It stayed that way until the Falcons defense added to their resume with a safety at the outset of period number two to make it 15-0.
Freshman Garrett Wenzeburger (Hartland, Wis.) hauled in a 16 yard Damaschke strike to make it 22-0 at 9:31 of the second frame, but Rockford broke the ice when Jeremiah Montgomery returned a fumble for a TD to cut the deficit to 22-7 at the break.
Any hopes of a happy Regents Homecoming were squelched, however, when Austin barged in to complete a 10-play, 85-yard third period scoring drive.
Rockford came back with their only scoring drive of the day before Paul and Austin culminated 4th quarter scoring marches with TD runs.
David Gonzalez (freshman, Pembroke Pines, Fla.) added a 31-yard field goal for good measure to make it a 46-14 final.
Vincent Greefkes (senior, West Bend, Wis.) led all Falcon receivers with four catches for 84 yards; an impressive 21 yard per snare average.
CUW's pass defenders held Rockford's quarterback Jake Gorusch to a paltry 5 of 25 through the air for just 74 yards.
Next week the Falcons (1-0 NAC) travel to Maranatha Baptist Bible College for a 1 pm matchup.