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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, October 01, 2017 1:00 am


Thunder run over Concordia for road victory

Staff, news services

The Trine football commanded the rushing attack on its way to a 44-7 victory Saturday over Concordia in River Forest, Illinois.

The Thunder racked up 326 rushing yards to the 49 of the Cougars at Concordia Stadium.

Seth Boggs led the way for Trine with 17 carries for 108 yards. Teammate Lamar Carswell had 10 carries for 70 yards and two touchdowns. And Andrew Duckett had 14 carries for 56 yards.

Meanwhile, quarterback Evan Wyse completed 7 of 9 passes for 117 yards with one touchdown, no interceptions and only one sack as the Thunder (4-0) built a 42-0 lead before halftime.

Trine's only remaining points came courtesy of a Zac McKee safety in the fourth quarter. He wasn't the only defensive player to stand out; Marcus Winters has two interceptions and Cayleel Hill.

Concordia's Shane Virnala, who completed 3 of 12 passes for 22 yards, was intercepted five times. Tyler Sestich had the only touchdown for Concordia (2-1), on a 1-yard run.

Cardwell opened the game with touchdown runs of 49 and 6 yards in the first quarter. Andrew Bonfiglio had an 18-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter for a 21-0 lead.

FRANKLIN 69, MANCHESTER 19: At Franklin, Alex Downard completed 17 of 22 passes for 206 yards with one touchdown and one interception for Manchester (1-3). Teammate Joe Powell was 5 of 9 for 52 yards with one touchdown and one interception. But the Spartans gave up 707 yards of offense while getting 415 of their own.

Franklin built a 27-0 lead in the first quarter, after Joe Burton got a 4-yard touchdown run, and that was followed by a 67-yard touchdown pass from Downard to Dakota Nelson. That didn't stop Franklin from going up 41-7 at halftime.

For Franklin (3-2), Chase Burton completed 30 of 40 passes for 417 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. Lee Wroblewski had five catches for 111 yards and a touchdown.

WESTERN MICHIGAN 55, BALL STATE 3: In Kalamazoo, Michigan, D'Wayne Eskridge, who hails from Bluffton, had two catches for 51 yards. Jon Wassink completed 14 of 20 passes for 240 yards with three touchdowns for the Broncos (3-2, 1-0).

Ball State (2-3, 0-1) was down 38 points before Morgan Hagee's 28-yard field goal in the third quarter. Justin Hall was a rare bright spot for the Cardinals with 13 catches for 121 yards.

VALPARAISO 27, STETSON 00: In Valparaiso, Jimmy Seewald threw for 254 yards and three touchdowns in the victory. Winless Stetson recovered the on-side kick at its own 43-yard line before marching to Valparaiso's 12-yard. On third and 10, J.J. Nunes picked off a pass to preserve the win for Valparaiso (2-3, 1-1 Pioneer Football League).

DRAKE 27, BUTLER 16: In Indianapolis, Grant Kraemer threw two touchdown passes and Drake took an early lead and held it. Kraemer was 27 of 40 for 329 yards passing for the Bulldogs (3-2, 2-0 Pioneer League). Tyler Updegraff ran for 69 yards and a score. Will Marty threw for 197 yards for Butler (2-3, 0-2).