Football loses 34-27 to Texas Lutheran

The Tigers played their second game of conference on Saturday, Nov. 1, in Seguin (Texas) when they lost 34-27 to Texas Lutheran University.

Texas Lutheran kicked off scoring with a 61-yard drive that resulted in a field goal.

The Tigers immediately answered with a 76-yard scoring drive for a touchdown. The touchdown came off a 5-yard run from junior running back Travis Williams. First year Miguel Mendiola nailed the extra point to bring the score to 7-3 in favor of the Tigers.

The Bulldogs answered with two touchdowns drives bringing the score to 17-7 at the end of the first half.

“It was a hard fought first half. Both teams came to play. We were very focused on doing our jobs so we could beat our rivals at their stadium,” said firstyear linebacker Jordan Williams.

At the beginning of the third quarter, the Tigers answered the call with a 63-yard touchdown drive. Senior wide receiver Matthew Kennemer threw the touchdown pass to senior quarterback Mason Blashke.

“I was ecstatic when I saw our starting quarterback catch a pass from our senior receiver,” said first year  Benjamin Nunes.

The Bulldogs answered with two more touchdowns, bringing the score to 31-14 Bulldogs.

The Tigers responded with a 65-yard scoring drive. Blashke scored the touchdown on a 1-yard scramble.

With five minutes to go the Tiger defense held the TLU offense to a field goal.

The Tigers quickly rallied for a touchdown from first year receiver Jayden Holden, bringing the score to 27-34.

Although the Tigers were within a touchdown of tying the game the clock expired before they could get a chance to score again.

“It was a tough game. I think we showed our potential; now we have to learn to finish,” said first year lineman Jake Blankenship.

Leading the offense was senior duo Kennemer and Blashke. Kennemer tallied 46 yards passing as well as 77 yards receiving.

Senior Travis Williams rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown in his return to the starting lineup.

Leading the defense was senior linebacker Connor Yorloff, who recorded 12 tackles and a sack. Sophomore duo Brad Hood and Julian Turner each had nine tackles. Sophomore Josh Cook recorded the day’s only interception for the Tigers.

The team plays at 6 p.m. tomorrow, Nov. 8 against Southwestern in Georgetown, Texas.