By Alex Reich
The football team’s road trip translated into a long game against the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks. The Lions fell, 51-3.
During the first quarter of the game, the Warhawks handled themselves well. They put up 14 points on the board without the Lions scoring offensively.
The College had 12 first downs all game, compared to Wisconsin-Whitewater’s 26. The Warhawks moved the football better than the Lions did by getting more touches and finishing well.
As the second quarter opened up, the Lions managed to put three points on the board with a field goal to make the score 14-3. That was as close as the Lions ever got to the Warhawks. After that, UW-WW scored 27 unanswered points to make the halftime score 41-3.
The Lions defense played much better in the third quarter, when the Warhawks didn’t score any touchdowns, but made a field goal, which put them up 44-3. Unfortunately, the Lions offense didn’t do much better. They, too, were unable to score.
In the fourth quarter, the Warhawks scored their final touchdown, which made the final score 51-3. The leading rusher for the Lions was junior running back Khani Glover, who had 47 yards. Junior quarterback Trevor Osler passed for 75 yards and senior receiver Jeff Mattonelli had six catches for 52 receiving yards. Jesse Streb lead the College with eight tackles.
It was a difficult way to begin the season. The College came off a 17-hour bus ride from Ewing, N.J., to Walworth, Wis., to go and play game the next day against the No. 3 Division III team in the country. The Lions are hopeful this will be a learning experience.
On Friday, Sept. 16., the Lions will travel to Union, N.J., to play Kean University in their first New Jersey Athletic Conference matchup. This will be Kean’s first game of the season.
The Lions return for their home opener against Christopher Newport University on Saturday, Sept. 24.