Nov. 21, 2009

Courtesy of Wis.-Whitewater Athletics

WHITEWATER, Wis. -
UW-Whitewater opened the 2009 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III playoffs with a 70-7 win over Lakeland College in Perkins Stadium in Whitewater, Wisconsin.  

UW-W, 11-0, will host Illinois Wesleyan University, 10-1, in a second round game Saturday, November 28 at 12:00 in Perkins Stadium.  

Whitewater scored on its first offensive play of the day.  Jeff Donovan hit Jordan Wells with a 55 yard scoring pass with 13:52 still left in the first quarter.  Jeff Schebler added the extra point.

Lakeland responded with an 11 play, 76 yard drive, capped by five yard TD toss from Jake Dworak to Jake Heinemeyer.  The extra point by Nic Horstmeier at 7:28 tied the game.  It was the first time this season that UW-W yielded a point in the first quarter.

UW-W went on to add nine more touchdowns, seven of them on the ground, three from sophomore tailback Levell Coppage.  Coppage has rushed for 27 scores this season, breaking a tie with former Warhawk Justin Beaver for the UW-Whitewater and Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference record.

The rest of the scoring list reads like this:

    1st ... 5:28 ... Levell Coppage 42 run, Schebler kick
    1st ... 2:28 ... Levell Copppage 1 run, Schebler kick
    2nd ..11:08 ..Jeff Donovan to Aaron Rusch 13 yd, Schebler kick
    2nd...6:18.....Levell Coppage 1 run, Schebler kick
    2nd...4:44.....Matt McCulloch 39 yd interception, Schebler kick
    3rd....13:17...#Antwan# Anderson 28 run, Schebler kick
    3rd....9:03.....Antwan Anderson 13 run, Schebler kick
    3rd....4:34....CJ Miller 6 run, Schebler kick
    3rd....1:06....CJ Miller 1 run, Schebler kick

Coppage rushed 12 times for 142 yards, with Anderson added 88 on 11 carries, and Miller contributing 88 on 16 rushes as UW-W totaled 353 yards rushing and averaged 7.5 per attempt.

Jeff Donovan went 7-9 for 129 yards and no interceptions before giving way to Matt Blanchard in the third quarter.  Blanchard went 3-4 for 19 yards, and rushed four times for 34 yards,

The 70 points is the most since UW-W scored 75 in the first game of the 2006 season, a 75-14 win over Lakeland September 2, 2006, a string of 55 games.  That 75 score is the UW-W record.  Today's mark of 70 is the most UW-W has scored in a NCAA III playoff game, surpassing the 59 scored in a 59-28 win over North Central November 24, 2007 and 59-17 defeat of Saint Norbert November 18, 2006.

Schebler, a senior and three time All-American and 2009 Fred Mitchell Award finalist, became the all-time kick scoring leader in NCAA football --- any division --- with his ten points today.  Schebler has accumulated 437 points at UW-W.  With the UW-W, WIAC and Division III records already in hand, Schebler passed Art Carmody (Louisville, 2004-2007) as the leading kick scorer in NCAA history.

Lakeland wide receiver Roberto Flores led the Muskie offense, catching six passes for 102 yards.  Heinemeyer caught four for 36 and the TD.  Dworak completed 11-21 for 144 yards and the TD, but also threw five interceptions, two of them by Warhawk senior DB Paul Wick.

Lakeland free safety Bryan Groshek led both teams with eight tackles, six solo and one tackle for a loss.  

UW-W is 14-3 all time at Perkins Stadium, and 13-0 since the start of the 2005, in the NCAA III playoffs.
The Warhawks have won 36 of their last 37 in Perkins Stadium since the start of the 2005 regular season.  

Illinois Wesleyan advanced to the second round with a 41-35 double overtime win over Wabash College in Bloomington, Illinois Saturday.