Early Turnovers Lead to Lopsided Football Loss
NEW ULM, Minn. - The Martin Luther College football team turned the ball over three teams in the first half in a 50-14 loss to Eureka Saturday afternoon.
After the Red Devils scored on their first drive to take a 7-0 lead, the Knights fumbled on their opening two drives to put Eureka in great field position. The Knights' defense held firm, however, holding the Red Devils to only one field goal in the two drives to keep the deficit at ten at the end of the first quarter.
The Knights weren't able to muster much in the first half, accumulating 21 total yards on 17 plays, leading to great Eureka field position throughout the game. The Red Devils capitalized in the second quarter, scoring touchdowns on four different drives to give them a 37-0 lead going into the half.
Running back Matt Olson gave the Knights some life to start the third quarter with a 47-yard touchdown run to put the Knights on the board, but the deficit was too great to overcome, as Eureka would run clock for much of the second half on the way to the win.
Eureka held MLC's high-powered offense to 202 total yards, with 129 of those coming on the ground. Olson finished as the team's leading rusher (93 yards on 12 carries) and receiver (three catches for 51 yards). Luke Rothe finished 4-12 passing for 64 yards, throwing a touchdown pass to Josh Rathje from 13 yards out in the fourth quarter.
Linebacker Chris Dean led the defense with 11 tackles, including 3.0 tackles for loss. Ben Ewings was a strong presence on the line throughout, finishing with ten tackles and 1.0 tackles for loss, while Ben Hansen had eight tackles and 2.0 tackles for loss.
MLC dropped to 2-4 overall and 2-3 in the UMAC in defeat, while Eureka improved to 5-1 on the season and 4-1 in league play with the win.
The Knights will return to action on Saturday, October 19, when they travel to St. Scholastica for a game scheduled to start at 1 p.m.