Finlandia Football Closes Season On Down Beat
Sophomore Kenny Kujawa tied a school record as the Finlandia University football team (0-10, 0-7 MIAA) lost 46-0 to Alma (6-4, 4-3 MIAA), Saturday afternoon at Bahlke Field.
“We fought hard today,” said head coach Travis Wiltzius. “We started the game with a 10-minute drive but just came up short from the seven yard line on fourth down. We did a lot of great things in the first half. We just had a sloppy second half. We grew today as a program. I want to thank our three seniors who played: Wilson (Spreier), Bryce (Beauchaine) and Addison (Martin). Their devotion to our program has been key to establishing a culture here. I will truly miss them all.”
Finlandia had the ball first and had a long drive. The Lions gained 91 yards (using up 10 minutes) and drove all the way to the Alma six-yard line before being stopped.
The FinnU defense came up with big play after big play to keep the team in the game. The Scots scored three touchdowns in the fourth to seal the game.
Offensively, Kujawa caught four passes for 49 yards. That moves him to 45 catches for the season, tying the mark set by Darrion Robinson in 2015. Kujawa also became the first Lion to have over 800 career receiving yards.
Defensively, Finlandia (#1 in NCAA D3 Pass Defense) gave up just 108 yards in the air with an interception and five blocked passes. Freshman Christian Creten and sophomore Dave Carlson had 11 tackles each while Kujawa blocked three passes.
Finlandia has finished the 2019 season.