Bulldogs Handed Second Loss

photo by Mike Dickie
photo by Mike Dickie

ADRIAN, Mich. – The Adrian College football team played their fourth and final non-conference game of the season falling 17-7 to Wisconsin Lutheran at Docking Stadium. The loss snaps a four-game win streak against the Warriors as Adrian is now 7-3 all-time against WLC. The Bulldogs had a much harder time moving scoring on Saturday after a dominant performance last week against Albion. Adrian finished the game with 398 offensive yards including 269 passing yards. The big difference was on the ground as the Warriors held Adrian to 129 rushing yards on 44 carries (2.9 yards per run). The Adrian defense held WLC to 288 total yards and 2-for-15 on third down, but the Warriors scored a big special teams touchdown and field goal in the fourth quarter for the 10-point difference.

The first half yielded no points as Adrian gained 111 yards in the opening quarter compared to 79 for Wisconsin Lutheran. Adrian's first drive went eight plays and stalled on fourth-and-four at the WLC 38-yard line. The Warriors had the first legit scoring chance taking over the ball with 5:28 left in the first. WLC drove 78 yards in seven plays, but Curtis Rhoden blocked a 27-yard field goal attempt. Alec Duffiney got the start for Adrian and completed 2-of-5 passes for 54 yards in the first quarter.

Adrian had the ball to start the second quarter and advanced to the Wisconsin Lutheran 23-yard line, but missed a 40-yard field goal wide left with 11:49 left in the quarter. WLC took their next drive to the Adrian 15-yard line in 15 plays and used 4:59 off the clock, but Matt Grams missed a 32-yard field goal wide right with 6:50 left in the second. Adrian fumbled and had a punt blocked on their next two drives and yet the defense held the Warriors off the board heading into halftime.

Adrian's second fumble of the game led to the game's first points early in the third quarter. The Bulldogs coughed it up at their own 19-yard line and Jake Henes recovered for the Warriors. Wisconsin Lutheran went backwards to second-and-28 and were also third-and-20 during the drive, but completed an 18-yard pass to set up fourth-and-two. Mike Reeves took a pitch and rumbled over left end untouched for an 11-yard touchdown run to make it 7-0 with 10:01 left in the third.

Adrian answered right away on their next drive moving 75 yards in five plays to tie the score at 7-7. Kyle Blough caught a 25-yard pass from Aaron Tenney and then Nathan Hartline hauled in a 41-yard score with 8:14 left in the quarter. The Warriors went on a successful drive late in the third moving 63 yards down to the Adrian six-yard line when Gino DeGeorge fumbled on a hit by Jack Carter and then Charles Fleck pounced on it at the two-yard line.

Wisconsin Lutheran did not allow the Bulldogs to get too far from their own goal line and they had to punt from the 24-yard line. WLC brought the house and blocked the punt as Daeon Farris got a hand on it and Travis Turnquist returned it 11 yards for the winning score with 14:22 left in the game. The Warriors put themselves ahead by 10 points on their next drive as they used 4:49 off the clock in 10 plays and kicked a 33-yard field goal with 7:59 left in the contest.

Adrian produced some positive yardage on their next possession moving the ball to the WLC 12-yard line and on fourth-and-goal had to settle for a field goal attempt. Cameron Cook missed wide right and with 4:40 to go Adrian was beginning to run out of time. Adrian got it back one more time and Tenney was intercepted at the WLC 14-yard line and Dakota Vanidestine returned it 41 yards to the Adrian 45-yard line with just 49 seconds to go.

Tenney passed for 215 yards but was sacked five times. Hartline caught six passes for 119 yards and Blough had his first 100-yard receiving game with four catches for 100 yards. Dae'Von Robinson carried 15 times for 79 yards to lead the ground game. Juwan King led the defense with eight tackles including five solo stops. Jared Hagerty had a career-high seven tackles. Carter finished with five tackles including two sacks for a loss of 16 yards.

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