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.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Game 7: vs. Navy

Navy Midshipmen (1-3, #70) @ Milwaukee College Penguins (0-6, #117)

For the second straight game, we faced a team that had been decimated by injuries. Both their starting quarterback and their starting halfback were out with injuries. Having learned the lesson from the Marshall game, when I faced another team wracked with injuries, I wouldn't take anything for granted. Especially when our promising first series stalled out on the 37 yard-line.

But on Navy's first throw, though, Anderson (SS #26) intercepted it and nearly ran it back for a touch-down. Wetzel (HB #47) ran it in soon after to make it 7-0.

We get another interception on their next drive - the guy was seriously overthrowing This time, the INT was by star cornerback, Bennett (CB #10). Our ensuing drive resulted in a Goodman (K #30) 31-yard field-goal.

10-0 turned into 10-7 nary a minute later, when their back-up halfback busts our front-line and gets into the open field. As smart as our secondary is, we have no speed. None.

They tied it by the half, 10-10. I gave my charges a "look, see here" in the locker room; we made the necessary adjustments, basically running a 4-4 or 5-2 defense to stop that run. It worked. With no confidence in their QB's arm, they forced themselves to run. When they did try to pass, it was often into double-coverage. Their QB completed only 4 of 21 passes all day.

But with only a 7-point lead, nobody was willing to bring out the charcoal, let alone the Gatorade. Even with a fresh set of downs, with a minute and 51 seconds left to go, the fans were still bracing for the worst. Such was our creativity in losing. But this time, we ran smart, sapped that clock, Wetzel stayed in-bounds. 32 seconds left and, with Navy expecting another run, Ross throws a beautiful pass to Montgomery (WR #15) for the nail in the coffin.

Fire up the vegan grill! Fire up the vegetarian grill! Fire up the meat grill! We finally won one!! "The monkey is off our back." We beat the Navy Midshipmen!

STATS: Navy @ MKE

score: 10-24
first downs: 8-22
total offense: 212 - 321
rushes - yards: 23 - 147 --- 35 - 174
comp-att-TD: 4 - 21 - 0 --- 19 - 39 - 1
passing yards: 65 - 147
sacked: 2 - 0
turnovers: 2 - 2
fumbles - lost: 1 - 0 --- 3 - 1
intercepted: 2 - 1
t.o.p: 12:42 - 19:18

KEY PLAYERS (Offense)

Ross (QB #1) 83.7 rating 19-39 for 147 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; 1-10 rush
Wetzel (HB #47) 18-84 rush, 2 TD; 2-18 yards rec, 2-47 yards kick return
Barber (HB #11) 9-43 rush; 2-28 yards rec, 1 TD
Montgomery (WR #15) 6-44 yards rec, 1 TD
X. Leplae (LG #69) 8 pancakes

KEY PLAYERS (Defense)

S. Umali (MLB #43) 5 tackles (2 for loss)
Mikulay (LE #45) 4 tackles (2 for loss), 1 sack
Miller (RE #62) 4 tackles (2 for loss)
Bennett (CB #10) 3 tackles (2 for loss),1 INT, 1 pass deflect; 1-16 kick return yards, 3-49 punt return
Anderson (SS #26) 1 INT

Notes: We were 3-3 on 4th down conversions.

2 Comments:

  • At 6:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Glad it worked out but I gotta disagree with that 32-second pass. Danger!

     
  • At 9:24 PM, Blogger The Coach said…

    In retrospect I could see the play I called as pure stupidity. Why would I risk the sure win? Greed, perhaps, or a chance to "build up the stats." Hit 'em while they're down! But yeah, danger. I can't believe Ross and the others went for it.

     

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