Football Tops Presentation 17-13
ABERDEEN, S.D. - The MLC football team beat Presentation by the score of 17-13 Saturday afternoon.
The Knights debuted a different style of offense in the game, with Luke Rothe playing quarterback and finishing with 332 total yards (227 passing and 105 yards rushing).
Presentation led off the scoring on a 70-yard touchdown run to take a 7-0 lead less than five minutes into the game.
MLC responded with a 65-yard, six-play drive capped by a 22-yard scoring strike from Rothe to Scott Henrich to tie the game at 7-7.
The air attack struck again for the Knights in the second quarter, with Rothe hitting Christopher Arndt from two-yards out to finish a 13-play drive and give MLC a 14-7 halftime lead.
The Saints made a big play on special teams in the third quarter when Keenan Honore returned a punt 85 yards for a score, but Presentation missed the extra point to allow the Knights to keep a one-point lead at 14-13.
Shawn Scherer iced the game for the Knights with 6:52 to play in the fourth quarter with a 26-yard field goal to give MLC the final 17-13 margin it would hold the rest of the way.
Rothe led the MLC ground attack, which finished with 143 yards rushing for the game.
Micah Plocher, Dan Rodewald and Arndt each had three catches in the game for 50, 41 and 26 yards, respectively. Rothe finished the day 16-26 with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Defensively, the Knights kept the Saints off the board in the final three quarters, and held PC to 273 total yards for the day. Derek Loewen led the defense with 11 tackles, including two tackles for loss and one sack. Conrad Dewey added nine tackles, while Caleb Stern and Paul Spaude each had seven tackles.
MLC improved to 2-3 on the season with the win, while Presentation dropped to 1-4 in defeat.
The Knights will return to action on Saturday, October 6, when they travel to Eureka for a game scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.