Football drops last road game

Kelson Warner

The Lawrence University football team hopped on the bus last Saturday to challenge Lake Forest in their final road game of the season. The Foresters ran out to an early lead, but the Vikings showed their guns in the third quarter pulled to within a touchdown.
Lake Forest, however, was able to gain some breathing room in the fourth quarter, putting the game away and taking a 35-14 victory.
In the first quarter, both teams were closely matched. Lake Forest (1-7, 1-6 MWC) put the only points on the board with a 5-yard touchdown run by Ty Van Valkenberg at the 11:14 mark.
In the second quarter, Monmouth extended its lead with two consecutive touchdown runs. This left the Vikings (1-7, 1-6 MWC) down 21 points, but even with the game out of reach, the Vikings fought to keep the score respectable.
Lawrence scored 14 points in the third quarter to bring the game back to 21-14. The initial touchdown came from a quick three-yard pass from freshman stand-in quarterback Sam Kossow to junior wide receiver Jon Bruehl.
The final drive began with an interception by freshman safety Sam Wagner, giving the Vikings another chance to score. They ended it with another touchdown scored by senior wide receiver Jeremiah Johnson when Kossow found him on a 10-yard pass late into the third quarter.
Things were looking good, but the Vikings couldn’t keep the comeback going in the fourth. Lake Forest tacked on another two touchdowns – one from an interception return – to bring the game to an end at 35-14.
The Vikings only have two more games – both at home – left in the season, with this first game Saturday against Beloit starting at 1 p.m.