Football’s offense sputters in loss to Carroll

Erik Borresen

The Carroll University Pioneers
traveled to Lawrence to face the
Vikings in the eighth game of their
season Saturday, Oct. 31 in the Banta
Bowl.
Both teams looked fairly unimpressive
throughout the first quarter,
but shortly after the second quarter
began, the Pioneers took control of
the game and never looked back.
Carroll junior quarterback Chris
Casper connected with receivers on
two 40-plus-yard touchdown passes
and the Pioneers also converted a
35-yard field goal to make the score
17-0 at halftime.
Just 27 seconds into the second
half, Carroll scored again on a
76-yard pass from Casper to freshman
wide receiver Tim Nass. Eleven
minutes later, Carroll forced a safety
off of a blocked punt, bringing the
score to 26-0 at the end of the third
quarter.
The Vikings managed to erase
the “0” from their side of the scoreboard
by kicking a 29-yard field goal
with just under five minutes to go,
but the 26-3 score would hold up
as the Viking offense was kept out
of the end zone for the fourth game
this season.
Senior quarterback Nick Maxam
threw for 193 yards in the losing
effort, while freshman wide receiver
Nate Nelson caught nine balls for 75
yards. Seniors Matt Frelich, Kevin
Penza and Mike Gostisha all recorded
sacks against the Pioneers, while
the Viking defense only allowed
Carroll to convert two of their 10
third-down opportunities.
Team manager Salem Barahmeh
commented after the game, “[Carroll]
took control of the game early, and
we just could not seem to fight our
way back into it.”
The Vikings look to improve
their 1-7 record as they travel to face
the 6-3 Ripon College Red Hawks
this Saturday at 1 p.m.

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