Football Falls 47-13 at Crown
ST. BONIFACIUS, Minn. - The Martin Luther College football team was unable to slow the Crown College rushing attack in a 47-13 loss Saturday.
The Storm rushed for 464 yards on the way to 575 total yards in the game, putting pressure on the MLC offense to keep pace from the start.
The Knights answered a Crown touchdown early in the first quarter with a 12-yard Booker Ruggs scoring run to take an early 7-6 lead, but the Storm would score 29 unanswered points before a 16-yard touchdown pass from Luke Rothe to Dan Rodewald at the end of the first half cut the MLC deficit to 35-13 at the break.
Crown continued to put pressure on the MLC defense in the second half, scoring on the opening drive of the third quarter and then again early in the fourth to put the Knights away.
MLC finished the game with 317 yards offensively, with 174 of those yards coming on the ground. Rothe finished the day 15-27 passing for 143 yards and also led the team with 13 rushes for 68 yards, but three interceptions proved costly. The Knights finished the day with four turnovers, while Crown finished without a miscue.
Defensively, Nick Kressin led the team with 15 tackles.
The Knights fell to 3-6 on the season and 3-5 in the UMAC in defeat, while Crown improved to 4-5 overall and 4-4 in league play with the win.
MLC will play its season finale on Saturday, November 9, when it travels to Westminster for a 1 p.m. game.