Knights Close Strong with Win over Storm
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC football team finished the season with a dominant performance and a 41-14 win over Crown College Saturday.
MLC dominated play in the first half, outgaining the Storm 312-74 in total yards and possessing the ball for 20:49 of the first 30 minutes.
The Knights had a 14-0 lead at the half, scoring on an 18-yard touchdown run from Luke Rothe late in the first quarter, and then capping a 12-play, 97-yard drive with a six-yard scoring run from Matt Olson to push the lead to 14-0.
The Knights put the game away early in the third quarter, scoring three times in the first six minutes to take a 34-0 lead. Olson scored on touchdown runs of 24 and 16 yards, and then defensive end Derek Loewen scored on a 52-yard fumble return for a score after ripping the ball away from the Storm ball carrier near midfield.
Senior running back Mark Voss capped the scoring in the third quarter, running it in from one yard out to give the Knights their final seven points.
MLC finished the game with 366 yards rushing, with both Rothe and Olson going over the century mark with 131 and 121 yards, respectively. Garrett Schoch added 33 yards on four carries, and Tyler Dorn had 31 yards on five carries.
Rothe also had the Knights moving the ball through the air, completing six of 11 passes for 132 yards. Senior Scott Henrich was his main target, catching five passes for 75 yards.
Overall, the MLC offense had its best output of the season, setting season-highs for rushing yards (366), rushing touchdowns (five), yards per pass (9.4), total offense (498), yards per play (7.4), and points scored (41).
The MLC defense held the Storm out of the end zone until the middle of the third quarter, forcing five turnovers and keeping the Storm in check on the ground and through the air. Crown finished with 285 yards, but many of those came late after the game was no longer in doubt.
Galen Holzhueter led the defensive effort, finishing with ten tackles, one interception, one forced fumble, and three pass break-ups. Conrad Dewey and Jon Schmeling each finished with eight tackles, while Loewen added five tackles (one for loss) and a pass break-up to go with his fumble return for a score.
With the win, MLC finished the season 4-6 overall and 2-6 in UMAC play. Crown dropped to 2-8 on the season and 1-7 in conference action.