WATERTOWN, WI – The 2013 football team opened their season by defeating a familiar opponent, the Maranatha Alumni, 46-21 on a sunny Saturday afternoon with big plays from junior Josiah Brendemuehl (Mishicott, WI), who returned from an injury that sidelined him during the 2012-13 season.
The game took place during the college’s annual jump-start weekend for new students, but this game featured students from the past, with players such as former quarterback Nathan Chromy (’09), Peter Spicer (’06) and Bob Wetzel (’80).
Brendemuehl (Mishicot, WI) kicked off the scoring with a nice run, eluding several defenders, to make the score 6-0, and added a two-point conversion run.
Chromy responded by marching the Alumni down the field on the next possession, finding an open receiver streaking across the back of the end zone for an 8-7 deficit, but soon after, Brendemuehl took a pass out to the flat for the team’s second touchdown.
The 5-9 junior from Mishicot, WI made his mark on defense as well, intercepting Chromy to setup a touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Joel Kobosh (Lake Mills, WI).
After a big pass by Chromy to setup a first and goal, the 2009 graduate connected with Spicer for the team’s second touchdown, and would trail their counterparts, 32-14 at the half.
Maranatha closed out the game with two more scores before defeating the Alumni, but perhaps the biggest success was watching the teams unite in midfield to honor both Terry Price (previous head coach) and Curtis Malmanger (assistant coach).
Both who were instrumental in mentoring many young men, as well as guiding their teams to 12 consecutive winning seasons and an NCCAAII Victory Bowl appearance.
The Crusaders eagerly anticipate a matchup this Saturday, September 7 against Martin Luther at 1:00 p.m.