WATERTOWN, WI—The Crusaders were no match for the Falcons of Concordia-Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon, losing 70-14 to fall to 1-4 overall.
The Falcons recorded 545 yards of total offense, scoring on 9 out of 11 drives during the game. Maranatha tallied just 134 yards of total offense, and were 2 of 14 on third down conversions.
The Crusaders received the kickoff to begin the first quarter, but the Falcon defense proved too strong and forced Maranatha into a three and out. The Falcons used just four plays to record their first score, and would continue their dominance by reaching the end zone on their next three consecutive drives.
Concordia held the Crusaders to only four first downs the entire half, two of those coming on the only Maranatha scoring drive of the day. Freshman running back Clint Saxon (Watertown, WI) led the Crusader drive with 21 rushing yards, and a huge fourth down conversion run by sophomore quarterback Brandon McCormick (Edwards, IL) kept the Crusader offense on the field.
Maranatha would score just two plays later, thanks to a 22 yd. TD pass from McCormick to senior receiver Joel Kobosh (Lake Mills, WI), to make the score 49-7.
The Crusader defense would make a big third down stop on their own 11 yard line to keep the Falcons out of the end zone before halftime, and enter the break down by the mark of six touchdowns.
Concordia wasted no time in the second half, registering their eighth score of the game after a nine play, 65 yard drive to open the third quarter.
Maranatha’s defense would come up big on the next Falcon drive, however, as a big hit by junior linebacker Ethan Kennon (Raleigh, NC) forced a fumble that was returned by freshman defensive back Clayton Morrison (Jefferson, WI) for a 93 yard touchdown.
That would be Maranatha’s last time in the end zone, and Concordia would score two more touchdowns before the final whistle blew.
The Falcons recorded 5 rushing touchdown during the match, with two coming from junior running back Shay Klitzke (Annandale, MN). McCormick threw for 92 yards with one TD for the Crusaders, and Saxon led the ground game with 12 rushes for 41 yards.
Maranatha continues their run of NACC opponent match-ups next week as they take on the Muskies of Lakeland College at 1 p.m. in Plymouth, WI.