Big football win against Beloit

Over the weekend, the Lawrence football team traveled to Beloit for one of their last conference games of the season. Lawrence (2-6, 1-3 MWC North) has not yet had a solid winning streak this season, but their game at Beloit just may have started one.

We started off strong, with sophomore Wasonu Allen giving us an 8-0 lead after his first touchdown in four yards. Then, sophomore Terrell Myers had a long punt return to Beloit’s 38-yard line and from there, our quarterback and freshman D’Andre Weaver threw to Allen again, getting a 38 yard touchdown pass to bring the game to 15-0. From there, senior Jake Lueck blocked Beloit’s goal attempt and we got the ball at the 18-yard line.

The Vikings moved 82 yards in 11 plays, and then Weaver threw another scoring pass to Allen in nine yards as he scored another touchdown, making the score 21-0. We drove an added 65 yards in 10 plays for a final touchdown in the last 13 seconds of the first half. Senior Dan Rothbauer, who also blocked an extra point, ran nine yards on a fake punt for a first down, and then after Weaver’s 18-yard run, freshman Jacob Sullivan got the ball for a 29-yard touchdown pass, bringing the first half to a close with the Vikings in a stunning 28-point lead to nothing. In the second half, Allen added a one-yard touchdown in the third quarter and Weaver later had a four-yard scoring run. Halfway through the fourth quarter, sophomore Caleb Catt got a seven yard scoring run to close the game, with the Vikings winning 49-13. Catt added 80 yards on 11 carries and picked up a touchdown for the Vikings. Linebacker Jake Lueck got 10 tackles and two sacks, and he also blocked a field goal.

Cornerback Terrell Myers had a pair of pass breakups and also added a 27-yard punt return and a 31-yard kickoff return. The Viking’s defense only allowed Beloit (0-8, 0-4) 230 yards of offense, and their quarterback Ben Sposito was 10 for 25 passing for 57 yards with 2 touchdowns and a total of 68 yards for the 16 times he ran. Our quarterback completed seven out of 10 passes with a total of 145 yards and three touchdowns. Lawrence also got 300 yards rushing on its way to a total of 445 yards. Overall, the game was carried by Wasonu Allen, who scored four touchdowns throughout the game at Strong stadium. Allen ran a total of 18 times for 128 yards, and he caught four passes for 63 yards. The four touchdowns ties with the second-highest game total in Lawrence history!

Freshman Brandon Hurt said of the game, “All three aspects of the game (offense, defense, and special teams) performed to how we prepared. We executed our game plan effectively and the outcome prepared us for the potential to end our season with a streak of wins. Altogether, the team rallied as a family to perform to our expectations. We look to perform with the same (if not greater) intensity this week during our rivalry week against the team down south.” Make sure to come cheer on the team this Saturday at their home game against Ripon College!

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