HANCOCK, Mi. Both teams left it all on the field as the Finlandia University football team (0-3) loss 23-12 to Concordia-Chicago (2-1), Saturday afternoon at McAfee Field.
“The defense played very well getting us three takeaways,” said head coach Travis Wiltzius. “Offense played well at times, especially on that big scoring play. However we need to get more consistent drives. Our guys played very hard and kept swinging the hammer all the way up to the end of the game.”
Concordia-Chicago controlled the tempo of the game in the first quarter. The Cougars got on the board with a touchdown run at the 12:01 mark.
Down 14-0 with 4:15 left in the first half, Finlandia got a big play. Freshman Reese Waara rambled 60 yards on a pass from freshman Darin Johnson to the end zone. That made it 14-6 with 3:23 to go.
The Lions got a needed boost of energy when sophomore DJ Davis ran it in from the 3-yard line. CC was able to grind out a seven minute drive to secure the win.
Johnson was 12-of-23 for 147 yards with Waara catching four passes for 75 yards. Freshman Tate Kay set the school record with a 68-yard punt.
Defensively, the Lions came away with an interception and recovering two fumbles. Freshman Ashton McNeil had 17 tackles with 5.5 for a loss and two sacks. Sophomore Dave Carlson had 11 tackles and freshman Christian Creten had 10.
Finlandia is off until Saturday, Oct. 5 when they host Olivet. The game is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m.