The Milwaukee Penguins

The Milwaukee Penguins is the Division 1A collegiate football team for Milwaukee College. We're a school "known for its academics." This is a record of our accomplishments, on the field and off.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Game 12: vs University of Louisiana - Monroe

University of Louisiana-Monroe Indians (4-6, #108) vs. Milwaukee College Penguins (2-9, #115)

Our last game of the season and we faced the 4-6 UL-Monroe Indians. Both of us were on losing streaks, both of us hoping to end on some kind of high note. I hate to say it, but we were evenly matched with those Indians. This was proved within the first minute: both our quarterbacks threw interceptions in their first series. It was a tight game. Ross (QB #1) was starting in her last game in front of the partisan crowd. A rabid paid crowd of about 4,000. Ross had been knocked out of the past couple of games, suffering chest problems and lingering elbow bursitis, but there was no talking her out of playing today. She got suited up at, like, 5 AM.

I wished it turned out better for her. She battled. On our second possession, she led us on a long touchdown drive: 92 yards in 11 plays, including two of her own runs (an 11-yarder and an 8-yarder), capped by a 12-yard pass to her favorite receiver, Wetzel (HB #47).

UL-M would tie it early in a hard-hitting 2nd quarter. It was a battle of the front-lines. Buccheri (RG #59) was getting the pancakes she needed to retake the league lead in that category. Despite her effort - as well as the left guard (LG #69) - neither us or them could gain an advantage. And then the second-leading tackler on my team, R. Umali (ROLB #50), got injured. Then Montgomery (WR #15) practically got murdered. Love (RT #70) missed an assignment, leaving Montgomery particularly vulnerable on the screen pass. The game was paused as the medical team had to cart Montgomery off on the field on a stretcher.

Prognosis: several broken ribs. Out for 12 weeks.

At the half, it was 10-7 in their favor. R. Umali came back for the 2nd half. We would need him as the battle in the trenches continued. It wasn't until nearly 5 minutes left in the game that we finally took back the lead. Typically in this kind of battle, it was our fullback, Ciraldo (FB #25) that punched the ball into the end-zone. 5 minutes left. We held them to 3-and-out. 2 minutes left. Ross ran it for ten yards to bring us to 2nd-down and five to go. She got hit as she released the ball. It floated in the air; Sieczek (TE #86) caught it for a loss. They got the ball back with 100 seconds left to go. Plenty of time.

Plenty of time for us to do what we did a couple of times this season: lose in the game in the last minute. This one was particularly difficult to swallow. On their last possible play - it was 4th down - with a crazy crowd of players running amok in the end-zone - their halfback somehow catches the ball for a touchdown with 35 seconds left.

What do you say to the media? To the players? To the five seniors who have just played their last game?


score: 17 - 14
first downs: 12 - 17
total offense: 236 - 266
rushes - yards: 23 - 47 --- 33 - 142
comp-att-TD: 14 - 30 - 2 --- 14 - 34 - 1
passing yards: 189 - 124
sacked: 2 - 0
turnovers: 3 - 3
fumbles - lost: 6 - 1 --- 1 - 1
intercepted: 2 - 2
t.o.p: 13:33 - 18:27


Root (QB #5) 69.8 rating 14-34 for 124 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT; 6-32 rush
Wetzel (HB #47) 13-69 rush; 3-31 yards rec, 1 TD
Columbus (WR #82) 3-40 yards rec
X. Leplae (LG #69) 11 pancakes
S. Buccheri (RG #59) 8 pancakes


Bushell (MLB #42) 6 tackles, 1 forced fumble
Bennett (CB #10) 6 tackles (1 for loss), 2 INT, 1 forced fumble
Hayden (LOLB #56) 5 tackles (1 for loss), 1 sack
Loeb (DT #60) 4 tackles (1 for loss)
Ziegeweid (FS #34) 2 tackles (1 for loss), 2 pass deflects, 1 fumble recovery


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