Football loses big lead, falls at Grinnell

Kelson Warner

The Lawrence University football team traveled to Grinnell, Iowa last Saturday to face off against the Pioneers. Lawrence took a dominating lead early in the game, but Grinnell roared back in the fourth quarter, and the Vikings couldn’t hold on. Grinnell would end up winning 31-17.
Lawrence (1-6, 1-5 MWC) started the game off well, as the defense worked their magic to force turnovers in the form of an interception and a fumble. The Vikings quickly scored 14 points off of the two turnovers.
The first was set up by freshman Darvis PridGeon’s first collegiate interception. 18 plays and 99 yards later, freshman running back Shawn Martin ran seven yards for the touchdown.
The second score came after a fumble recovery at midfield. On the next play, freshman quarterback Luke Barthelmess hooked up with senior receiver Jeremiah Johnson for the 51-yard touchdown pass to make the score 14-0.
Soon after the start of the second quarter, the Vikings tacked on another three points after a 32-yard field goal by sophomore Cody Robel.
Unfortunately, things started to fall apart after what would prove to be their last points of the night.
Grinnell (5-2, 4-2 MWC) slowly came back from the 17-0 deficit, putting through a field goal and a touchdown near the end of the first half to go into the locker room down 17-10. In the fourth quarter, Pioneers quarterback Mike McCabe tossed three more touchdown passes to give his team a 31-17 win.
Hoping to rebound from the tough loss, the Vikings will return to the field at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Lake Forest.