Mequon, Wisc. - The Alma College football team fell 26-15 to Concordia University Wisconsin on Saturday (Sept. 15). Alma is now 1-2 overall; the Falcons improve to 2-1.
Alma's biggest deficit in the game was just 12 points; the Falcons left the door open with three failed two-point conversions but the closest Alma got was within three.
Junior quarterback Mason Ippel (Jenison, Mich. / Jenison) rushed for a career- and game-high 129 yards on 21 carries (6.1 yards per carry), including a long of 30 yards. He also threw two interceptions, one coming on a hail mary attempt at the end of the game. Sophomore running back Steven Sowa (Lincoln Park, Mich. / St. Frances Cabrini) had two scores on the ground. Junior defensive back Max Kretzschmar (Marine City, Mich. / Marine City) snagged his second interception of the season.
Concordia Wisconsin quarterback Aaron Nixon threw for 277 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Josh Sanders was the recipient of his two scores; he caught nine passes for 179 yards.
How it Happened
- The Falcons scored on their second possession behind the combination of Nixon and Sanders. The two connected for 44 yards through the air to get to the Alma 16, then scored two plays later after the Scots stuffed a rushing attempt at the line of scrimmage. Alma blocked the extra point.
- The Scots' next three possessions went punt, fumble, punt. CUW capitalized, once again behind Nixon and Sanders. A 48-yard connection got the Falcons to Alma's 15-yard line. Concordia Wisconsin lost six yards on the next play, but Nixon found Sanders for a 21-yard score as time expired in the quarter. Alma again blocked the extra point to keep the score at 12-0.
- The second quarter saw three punts and one pick. Kretzschmar stopped CUW's second drive of the quarter with his third career interception, setting Alma up on the Falcons' 43-yard-line. At the 23-yard-line, Ippel was intercepted by Josiah McDermit in the end zone with under a minute left in the half.
- Alma opened the second half with the ball and a 13 play, 75-yard drive to get on the board. Sowa scored from two yards out after Ippel tallied 26 rushing yards on the drive and attempted just one pass, a 14-yarder to senior Alex Yancy (Macomb, Mich. / L'Anse Creuse North). The score brought Alma to within five at 12-7.
- Concordia Wisconsin responded with a 14 play, 75-yard drive that saw Nixon score on the ground from one yard out. It failed to convert the two-point conversion, leaving Alma down 11.
- The Scots came through with a touchdown and two-point conversion with 7:37 remaining in regulation to get to within a field goal. Alma again leaned on the run, covering all but 16 of the 70 yards to went to get into the end zone on the ground. Sowa plunged in from one yard out and Ippel found Chase Hinkle (Concord, Mich. / Concord) for the two-point conversion to make it 18-15.
- The Falcons scored the game-clinching touchdown on its next possession. A 34-yard pass to Jake Riportella got CUW to Alma's 23-yard-line. Concordia Wisconsin would run the ball on its next six plays, ending with a five-yard score by running back Josh Turner with 1:52 left. A two-point conversion gave them a 26-15 lead.
- Ippel was picked off on a hail mary with 24 seconds remaining.
- Alma outrushed CUW 202-62. The Scots averaged 4.4 yards per rush attempt.
- Concordia Wisconsin had 277 yards through the air, below its season average of 341.
- The Scots held the Falcons to 4-of-12 on third downs. Conversely, Alma converted 9-of-17 third downs.
- The two teams were a combined 0-for-4 on fourth downs.
- Alma had 23 first downs to CUW's 18.
- Alma was called for just four penalties for 26 yards in the game. CUW had six flags for 44 yards.
- The Scots won the time of possession battle, 31:54 to 28:06.
What He Said
"Losing a game is never easy. This was a hard loss but we will respond by working hard through the bye week. We must continue to seek improvement and support one another."
- Head Coach Jason Couch
Alma has next week off. It returns home to face the Albion Britons for its homecoming game on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m.