Lakeland College came to Mequon Saturday tied for first with the Falcons and Concordia- Chicago. The Muskies left town with an impressive 32-16 victory and the Cheese Bowl Trophy for a second straight year. Concordia- Chicago's win over Aurora still leaves the Muskies staring up at the Cougars in the race for an automatic Bowl bid since CU- Chicago defeated Lakeland head- head.
A depleted Falcon offense, minus their top three running backs (all out with injury) could not generate any consistent threat and totalled just 200 yards for the game despite attempting 42 passes. Quarteback TJ Pacchioli, doing his level best to compete with a brace holding his torn ACL in place, was blitzed and battered through four excruciating quarters and connected on only nine of those throws while being sacked five times and knocked down on eleven other occasions.
The game started and ended ominously with Lakeland recording safeties for their first and last scores on the day. The Muskies took a 2-0 lead when a CUW punt snap sailed over the end line with three minutes remaining in the first quarter. Lakeland followed that with a TD pass from Jake Dworak to Nic Horstmeier to take a 9-0 lead early in the second quarter.
Concordia got back into the game over the next dozen seconds as Joseph Philemon returned the kickoff 92 yards for a score to cut the deficit to 9-7.
Lakeland came back with a long march culminated by Dworak's 1 yard sneak to make it 16-7 before Concordia's Dan Winsey bombed home a 48 yard field goal against the wind to make things temporarily interesting just four minutes before halftime.
LC was picking up chunks of yardage against a CUW defense that seemed to be constantly on the field, however, and the Muskies roared back 70 yards in just four plays to make it 23-10 when Roberto Flores snared a 22 yard TD toss from Dworak. Winsey added his second field goal just before the halftime whistle to bring the home forces within 10 at 23-13... but the handwriting was on the wall.
Neither team scored in the third quarter, but the Muskies spent most of the quarter gaining field position and eventually put the game away when Adam Miller bolted 14 yards to a score with 6:22 left in the game to make it 30-13.
One bright spot for Concordia was the kicking of Winsey who connected on all three of his field gal attempts, including the 48 yarder. His final three pointer made it 30-16 with less than five minutes remaining, but Lakeland recorded the second of their bookend safeties in the closing minutes.
CUW (4-5 on the season) will attempt to close out 2009 with a .500 record when they travel to Rockford next Saturday for a noon kickoff.
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
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Lakeland College.... 2 21 0 9 - 32 Record: (5-4,5-1)
Concordia University 0 13 0 3 - 16 Record: (4-5,4-2)