Bulldogs Set for Homecoming Weekend Against Former MIAA Foe Wisconsin Lutheran

Brendan Clark (#71) and Matt Pillow (#65) open up a lane for running back Colton Randle. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Brendan Clark (#71) and Matt Pillow (#65) open up a lane for running back Colton Randle. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
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ADRIAN, Mich.--The Adrian College football team (0-2 overall) returns home to host non-conference opponent Wisconsin Lutheran College (0-2) during Homecoming Weekend. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday on Kapnick Field at Docking Stadium (capacity 3,500). Here's a preview of the contest: 

TEN THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Adrian leads Wisconsin Lutheran in the all-time series, 8-3, that dates back to the 2000 season (AC won 13-12). The Bulldogs, who haven't lost to WLC since 2014 (17-7), are 4-1 lifetime at home against the Warriors.
  • Jim Deere '89 is 56-38 record (.598) in his 10th season as the Adrian head coach. He has piloted the Bulldogs to Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships in 2012 and 14, and NCAA tournament bids in those seasons. 
  • Sophomore QB Jack Wurzer leads the AC offense with a MIAA-best of 236.5 yards passing per game. He has completed 35 of 63 attempts--both second in the conference--for a 55.6 success rate. 
  • Junior WR Henry Wilson is Wurzer's favorite target with nine receptions for a 105-yard average, which leads the MIAA. He also leads the conference with 23.3 yards per catch--ranked 55th in NCAA Division III.
  • Freshman LB Blake Masterman has 17 total tackles for 8.5 per game, a mark that is fifth in the conference. Sophomore DB Brandon Kwiatkowski is second on the squad with 16 stops, 12 solo.
  • Senior RB Colton Randle leads Adrian with 101 rush yards.
  • Receivers Joe Cleary, a senior, and Clarence Madison, a sophomore, have six receptions apiece. Madison is second on the team with 79 yards, Cleary is fourth with 45.
  • Adrian ranks 38th in the nation in red-zone defense, allowing opponents to score from inside the 20-yard line 44.4 percent of the time.
  • Three of Adrian's top-four tacklers are freshmen linebackers, led by Masterman, Dwight Mann (16 total, 10 solo) and Leonard Cohen (14 total, 12 solo).
  • The Bulldogs haven't started a season 0-3 since 2001, ending up 2-8.

TWO-DEEP CHARTS

  • Click here for Adrian and Wisconsin Lutheran lineups.

ABOUT WISCONSIN LUTHERAN

  • From 2002-2007, the Warriors were football-only MIAA members. Today, they compete in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference.
  • The football program is celebrating its 20th season in 2019.
  • WLC, which opened the season at home on Sept. 5, will not play another home game until Oct. 12.
  • WLC is playing back-to-back road games in the state of Michigan for the first time since 2013 after playing at Lawrence Tech last week.
  • Freshman QB Nick Yockey has thrown for 512 yards and four touchdowns, both ranking third in the NACC; top target: Marquis Davis with 8 receptions and 71 yards.
  • Both of freshman WR Gavin Winter's receptions have been for touchdowns, totalling 48 yards.
  • Sophomore Ty Castillo is third in the NACC with a team-high 21 tackles through two games.
  • Sophomore Alan Jackson is the team's leading rusher through two games, averaging 3.7 yards per carry on 23 attempts.
  • The Warriors have fallen to Lake Forest at home, 27-15, and Lawrence Tech on the road, 34-14.

LAST TIME OUT

  • For the second week in a row, the Bulldogs couldn't overcome a slow start in a 49-28 loss at nationally-regarded Hanover--an NCAA Tournament team from a season ago.
  • Despite the loss, Wilson had career and Bulldog season highs of six catches and 125 yards to lead all receivers. 
  • Freshman RB Jerome Neal averaged 7.7 yards per attempt and ran for two touchdowns.
  • Cohen also had a career-best eight solos.
  • The host Panthers bolted to a 42-0 lead through two-and-a-half quarters, capitalizing on two AC miscues with a blocked punt and fumble return for touchdowns, before hanging on to the victory.
  • Adrian outgained Hanover in passing 308 yards to 246 and had more first downs (26-23).

LAST TIME OUT...vs WLC Warriors

  • Adrian defeated the Warriors, 30-12, on Oct. 24, 2015, in Milwaukee, Wis.
  • The Bulldogs allowed just 239 yards and the offense kept the ball for 39-minutes, 50-seconds while rushing for 201 yards.
  • Emmanuel Stewart, the all-time leading rusher in AC history, ran for 132 yards on 29 carries and Darius Philon caught four balls for 108 yards and a touchdown.
  • The stingy defense was led by four-time all-conference standout Chris Adams who had eight tackles (5 solo), including two for loss, plus two interceptions--one for a TD return--and another pass break-up.

UP NEXT

After a bye week, Adrian opens the month of October on the fifth when the Bulldogs entertain Kalamazoo (5 p.m.) in the MIAA opener.

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