Knights Lose 56-54 in Opening Day Shootout
NEW ULM, Minn. The Martin Luther College offense gained more than 600 yards, but the Knights were unable to slow down Maranatha Baptist Bible College in a 56-54 loss Saturday in the opener for both schools.
Both teams employed the hurry up attack on a very hot day, tiring the defenses on both sides thanks to 195 total plays from scrimmage.
MLC amassed 622 total yards, including 399 through the air. MBBC finished with 580 total yards, including 380 passing.
The Knights led 34-20 following a Dan Rodewald touchdown catch early in the third quarter, but then watched as MBBC scored four unanswered touchdowns to put MLC in a 50-34 hole with 11:11 to play in the game.
MLC responded, scoring three straight touchdowns to take the lead, with Luke Rothe putting MLC ahead 54-50 on a one-yard touchdown run with 2:30 to play in the game.
Maranatha would make the most of its time, however, as it took back the lead for good with a five-play, 73-yard drive that ended with a 57-yard touchdown pass from Brandon McCormick to Jordan DeLay to take the lead and earn the win.
Rothe completed 27 of 53 passing attempts for 399 yards and four touchdowns on the day. His favorite target was Micah Plocher, who finished with ten catches for 147 yards and one touchdown. Daniel Rodewald finished with five grabs for 92 yards and two scores.
The Knights also finished with 223 yards on the ground. Matt Olson carried 19 times for 121 yards and two scores, while Rothe also added two rushing touchdowns on 22 carries.
Defensively, the Knights struggled, but tackle Ben Ewings finished with a career-best two sacks among his eight total tackles. Nick Kressin had nine tackles and one interception.
MLC will return to action on Saturday, September 14, when it hosts MacMurray in a game scheduled to start at 1 p.m.