Warriors Too Much for Regents in Second Half
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - It was another difficult day on the road for the Regents football team. Rockford traveled up into Wisconsin to face the Wisconsin Lutheran College Warriors on Saturday in its final road game of the 2012 season. The Regents entered Saturday's matchup with a 3-9 record against the Warriors and had not defeated them in four tries since both schools joined the Northern Athletics Conference in 2008. Rockford's last win over Wisconsin Lutheran came in 2005 in a 21-14 victory.
The first half was a defensive struggle with neither team able to build any type of sustained momentum. After a scoreless first quarter, the Rockford special teams unit put the game's first points on the board early in the second quarter. Rockford College senior cornerback Jeremiah Montgomery (Chicago, Ill./Morgan Park) provided a spark blocking a 23-yard field goal attempt and fellow cornerback EJ Johnson (Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield) scooped it up and returned it 80 yards for a touchdown. The lead would be short lived however, as Wisconsin Lutheran would tie the game three minutes later and take a 7-7 tie into the half.
The Regents started the second half on a very positive note scoring on their first possession when quarterback Jacob Gorsuch (Rockford, Ill./Jefferson) connected with Delroy Russell (Richmond, Calif./Albany) on a 44-yard touchdown pass putting Rockford back up by 7 points. The remainder of the second half would not go as well for Rockford, as Wisconsin Lutheran would score on four of its first five possessions and win the game 34-14.
Offensively it was a tough day for the Regents as they threw two interceptions, lost two fumbles and turned the ball over on downs twice. Gorsuch completed 10 passes on the day for 194 yards narrowly missing back-to-back 200-yard performances through the air. Sophomore tight end Dane Kirk (Rochelle, Ill./Rochelle) had his second straight 100-yard receiving game catching 6 passes for a career-high 116 yards.
Defensively, Rockford was able to create a lot of turnovers early in the game but the team was unable to capitalize on them. Regents defensive back Trey Loggins (Gainesville, Ga./North Georgia Christian) seemed to always be in the right spot, recovering a fumble and intercepting a pass on Wisconsin Lutheran's first two possessions of the game. Cornerback EJ Johnson added two more interceptions to his outstanding season. Johnson now has a NAC leading seven interceptions this year and is just one shy of the school record of eight set back in 2006.
The Regents will play their final game of the 2012 season at home next Saturday, November 17th against archrival Aurora University. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. at Sam Greeley Field.