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.

Friday, September 30, 2005

Season 2, Game 12: vs University of Akron Zips

Milwaukee College Penguins (5-6, #95) vs. University of Akron Zips (3-8, #107)

Ohio comes to the Rolling Mills, our home stadium here in the great city of Milwaukee, WI. Rolling Mills is a the cite of a major labor "incident" the predates Haymarket. You can read about it on the internet. Do a search.

I got to thinking about ghosts and when people think about ghosts they often think about them haunting someplace or someone. Does our 1-4 home record this year (as well as our 1-5 record at home last year) mean something about our stadium? Should we move? I know our unusual "stadium" arrangement seats only about 20,000 but lately we've only been getting about 3,700 fans to show up for the games.

At any rate, the majority of the faithful showed up to watch what could possibly the last game for about a fifth of the team! Win or loss, the fans were here to salute the kids that provided the City with Division 1A football at a time when the City really needed it.

The Penguins did not disappoint. Our senior kicker, Goodman (K #30) booted three field goals to finish the season perfect, not missing any of the 14 field goals he attempted. Our defense overpowered the Zips. Our junior left outside line backer, Hayden (LOLB #56), scored our team's first safety, tackling the Zips' halfback in their own end zone. Hayden really stepped up her fantastic play this year; I'm glad she's returning. Our secondary made a bid to lead the league in interceptions. Junior corner back, Bennett (CB #10), tied a team record with three interceptions to finish the season with 7. She'll be back next year, too.

The final score was 25-3. It's the first time we prevented our opponents from scoring a touchdown.

Our two touchdowns were scored by freshman quarterback Koch (QB #22), not through the air, but on quarterback keepers. He finished with 65 yards rushing, compared to 85 yards passing. Junior running back, Wetzel (HB #47) rushed again for over 100 yards and Buccheri (RG #59) and Leplae (LG #69) had 7 pancakes each, affirming their selections as first team All-Americans. For Buccheri, she's gunning for her second Offensive Lineman of the Year Award. I hope she gets it.

We finish the season 6-6. Some teams get invited to bowls with a 6-6 record. I know we are a long-shot for any kind of invitation but "stranger things have happened." I'll keep you posted.


score: 3 - 25
first downs: 7 - 16
total offense: 245 - 298
rushes - yards: 26 - 130 --- 46 - 213
comp-att-TD: 6-18-0 --- 8-25-0
passing yards: 115 - 85
sacked: 2 - 3
turnovers: 3 - 1
fumbles - lost: 0 - 0 --- 1 - 0
intercepted: 3 - 1
top: 12:27 -- 19:33


Koch (QB #22) 52.6 rating, 8-25 for 85 yards, 1 INT; 14-65 rush (4.6 avg), 2 TD
Wetzel (HB #47) 27-130 rush (4.8 avg); 1-20 rec
Finner (WR #83) 3-28 (9.3 avg)
X Leplae (LG #69) 7 pancakes
Buccheri (RG #59) 7 pancakes


McClone (CB #46) 4 tackles (3 for loss), 2 sacks
Bennett (CB #10) 1 tackle, 3 INT
Straka (CB #1) 4 tackles
Hayden (LOLB #56) 1 tackle (1 for loss), safety
Mikulay (LE #45) 4 tackles


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