Damaschke, Paul lead Football to 59-7 NAC victory
WATERTOWN, Wis. - Freshman quarterback Austin Damaschke continued his impressive play as a starter on Saturday afternoon, accounting for 237 yards and four touchdown passes as the Falcons won 59-7 over Maranatha Baptist Bible College. Sophomore running back Joseph Paul was equally as brilliant with 230 rushing yards on just 17 carries.
CUW (2-3, 2-0 NAC) finished with a season-high 527 yards of offense and its largest margin of victory during head coach Greg Etter's four years at the helm. The Falcons' interior defense was just as remarkable as they held the Crusaders to just two rushing yards on 25 carries.
Damashke (Bristol, Wis.) completed 11-of-17 passes for 215 yards and rushed for 22 yards on three carries. Paul (West Bend, Wis.) averaged 13.2 yards per carrry, along with junior Carlton Austin (Kingsford Heights, Ind.) and senior Matt Gould (Prattville, Ala.) scored touchdowns on the ground.
CUW forced MBBC (2-3, 0-2 NAC) to punt on its first five possessions and turned those defensive stops into 24 points - three touchdowns and a 24-yard David Gonzalez (freshman, Pembroke Pines, Fla.) field goal.
The Crusaders scored their only score of the game on a 68 yard Phil Littrell pass to Joel Kobosh with 1:59 remaining in the second quarter. MBBC finished 4-of-15 on third-down conversions, while CUW was 6-of-9.
West hauled in four receptions for 61 yards and a career-best two touchdowns. Senior Vincent Greefkes (West Bend, Wis.) finished with three catches for a team-high 81 receiving yards and a touchdown. Sophomore James Saunders (Riverview, Fla.) also scored a receiving touchdown.
After leading 24-7 at the intermission the Falcons continued to apply pressure and scored three times in the third quarter and added two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Widchero Cherident (Fort Myers, Fla.) recovered a fumble forced by junior David Pelton (Oneida, Wis.) and returned it 49 yards for the final touchdown of the game - CUW's first defensive score of the season.
The Falcons finished 4-of-6 in the red-zone, while the Crusaders were 0-for-1 in the red-zone.
CUW returns to the gridiron on Saturday, Oct. 15 for a 1 p.m. homecoming matchup against Benedictine/> University/>/> at Century Stadium. The Eagles were chosen by the NAC coaches' as the preseason favorite.