RIVER FOREST, IL – The Maranatha football team had its hands full on Saturday afternoon against the Concordia University Chicago Cougars, as C.J. Woodford managed to rush for 219 yards and four touchdowns in a 48-22 score in favor of the Cougars.
The Cougars did most of their scoring in the first quarter with 20 points and churned out 556 yards of offense while sacking sophomore quarterback Brandon McCormick (Edwards, IL) four times.
Maranatha controlled possession time by nearly 10 minutes and were able to put up 330 yards of offense with a solid receiving performance by senior Joel Kobosh (Lake Mills, WI), who had 104 yards receiving and 132 all-purpose yards.
On their first drive of the second quarter, McCormick completed passes of 11 and 19 yards to junior Jordan DeLay (Flint, MI), and Kobosh, respectively, and marched the Crusaders down to Concordia’s eight-yard line, but the drive would end prematurely with an interception.
Maranatha’s Shane Saxon (Watertown, WI) returned the favor in the third quarter though, intercepting a past and returning it six yards for Maranatha’s first points, and a 41-7 deficit.
The Crusaders second touchdown came with backup quarterback Tanner Carrillo (Hartford, WI) orchestrating a seven-play, 74-yard drive, capitalized with a pass to freshman running back Clint Saxon (Watertown, Wi), for a 10-yard touchdown.
On the next possession, the Cougars hit pay dirt with a 45-yard touchdown pass, their last of the game, for a 48-15 lead. But Maranatha did not back down, scoring on the next possession on a pass from Carillo to Kobosh for the final score of 48-22.
Maranatha’s defense forced multiple turnovers, including two interceptions, the other by freshman safety Tim Matzke (Flint, MI). Junior linebackers Jordan Dersch (Prattville, AL) and Ethan Kennon (Raleigh, N.C.) posted eight and five tackles respectively.