Football drops Homecoming contest to Benedictine
Box Score: BenU 20, CUW 14
MEQUON, Wis. -After falling behind 20-0 after three quarters Concordia University Wisconsin's football team scored a pair of touchdowns during the final eight minutes to make for an exciting finish against Benedictine University. Still trailing 20-14 the Falcons actually recovered an onside kick with one second remaining, but a sack-fumble crushed any chance of a miraculous comeback as they dropped the Northern Athletics Conference contest, at Century Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Freshman quarterback Austin Damaschke (Bristol, Wis.) connected with freshman wide receiver Garrett Wenzelburger (Hartland, Wis.) for their second pass-and-catch touchdown of the day with 1.6 seconds remaining on the clock. Wenzelburger made an inside-out move to beat his defender and then managed a full-out diving 23-yard grab in the back corner of the end zone to keep the Falcons hopes alive.
CUW (2-4, 2-1 NAC) attempted on onside kick and recovered at its own 41 yard line with 0.8 seconds remaining but BenU's (4-2, 3-0 NAC) defensive line recorded its fourth sack of the game as time expired to end the conference matchup.
Thanks to a dominating rushing attack, the Eagles appeared to have control of this contest from the outset. John Alessi broke through a huge hole and raced 64 yards to paydirt on the visitors' first possession to make it 7-0 and that margin remained through halftime.
Benedictine scored a pair of third period touchdowns on runs of 15 and 52 yards by John Borsellino to up the margin to 20-0. The diminutive Borsellino, leading rusher in the NAC, carried 30 times for 170 yards on the day.
Concordia sputtered offensively most of the day. Damaschke completed 14 of 35 aerials but a pair of interceptions and a lost Falcon fumble curtailed any threats until the final minutes. Erik West (Plymouth, Wis.) was outstanding for CUW with 7 catches for 123 yards.
Coach Greg Etter's defense was led by Uzziel McDermit (Kansasville, Wis.) who had a pair of sacks and one other tackle for loss on his ledger.
The Falcons host Aurora on Saturday at 1:00PM in another NAC matchup.