Courtesy of Lakeland Athletics
The Lakeland College football team delivered its first Northern Athletics Conference road victory in dominating fashion on Saturday with a 42-0 shutout over Maranatha Baptist Bible College.
It’s the second time this season the Muskies (3-6, 2-4) have notched a shut-out, having beaten Rockford College 42-0 on Oct. 9. Lakeland finished with 410 total yards, including 130 yards rushing, giving the Muskies back-to-back 100-yard rushing performances for the first time since rushing for 122 and 140 yards on Nov. 7 and Nov. 14, last season.
Lakeland's defense limited Maranatha (0-9, 0-6) to 169 total yards and eight first downs. At halftime, Lakeland led 28-0 and was outgaining Maranatha 240 to 66 and the Crusaders had just two first downs.
Junior running back Jeremy Williams led the rushing attack with 79 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns, while freshman Tyler Muzzy had 5 carries for 30 yards and a TD. Sophomore Justin Laack also had an 11-yard touchdown, the first score of the game.
Defensively, sophomore linebacker Bruce Romagnoli had seven tackles, junior defensive end Jason Bruggink had four tackles, one for a loss and senior linebacker Ray Diven had a 43-yard interception return for a touchdown, giving Lakeland a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter.
Lakeland senior quarterback Jake Dworak finished 17-for-23 with 280 yards, one TD pass and zero interceptions. Senior receiver Roberto Flores caught seven passes for 115 yards and one touchdown. This was Flores’ fourth 100-yard receiving game this season, but his first since going for 128 yards and a touchdown against Rockford on Oct. 9.
Lakeland may not have a shot at the conference crown, but they still have a lot to play for as they host Concordia, Wis. in the Cheese Bowl, Saturday, Nov. 13 at noon.