WATERTOWN, Wis. – For the second year in a row, the football team finished its season in dramatic fashion with a 24-20 win over Rockford College.
Rockford scored first after fumbling to make the score 7-0. Maranatha returned the favor on the next drive when senior quarterback Phil Littrell (Valrico, Fla.) tossed a 24 yard touchdown to slot receiver Jordan DeLay (Davison, Mich.).
Rockford regained a 14-7 lead in the second quarter, but Littrell once again delivered a 26 yard strike, this time to sophomore Joel Kobosh (Lake Mills, Wis.).
The Crusaders scored six minutes later on a four yard rush by sophomore receiver Josiah Brendemuehl (Mishicot, Wis.) to make the lead, 21-14.
Late in the fourth quarter, with the score 24-20, Rockford put together a series of drives to keep fans on the edge of their seats.
Rockford drove to the Maranatha 27 yard line before Ethan Lane notched a sack and forced a fumble, recovered by Shane Saxon.
The Regents weren’t finished, forcing the Crusaders to punt with 1:42 on the clock. Rockford forced its way to the Maranatha four yard line.
On fourth down and eleven yards to go with twenty seconds left, Rockford completed a touchdown pass that was negated by an illegal forward pass. The penalty turned the ball over to Maranatha, sealing the 24-20 win.
Littrell finished his senior season with 118 yards passing and two touchdowns while Jordan Dersch (Prattville, Ala.) rushed for 76 yards. Kobosh hauled in six catches for 64 yard and a touchdown.
Junior linebacker Ethan Lane (Atlanta, Ga.) finished strong with 12 tackles, three forced fumbles and a sack. Senior defensive Ethan Rosen end finished his career at Maranatha with a strong 12 tackle, and two pass breakup performance.
Saturday’s game against Rockford concludes the 2011 football careers of seniors Phil Littrell, Matt Morrison, Brian Puerling, Adam Bueltel, Jason Garrison, Brooks Groom, Benjamin Hickerson and Ethan Rosen.