/seasons/2010/contrib/20101106n7rshb

CLU Football Punches Ticket into Postseason

More news about: Cal Lutheran

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - After the Cal Lutheran football team put the finishing touches on a 27-6 home win over Chapman on Saturday, it watched Claremont-Mudd-Scripps upend Occidental and secure a spot in the NCAA Division III playoffs for the Kingsmen for the second consecutive season and second time in program history.

Box Score: CLU 27, CU 6 - F

With its final regular season game set for next week against Occidental, CLU can do no worse than tie Redlands for the conference title, but the Kingsmen hold the head-to-head tiebreaker with their win over the Bulldogs earlier in the season, therefore ensuring CLU football will again make a postseason appearance.

A win over Occidental next Saturday would guarantee an outright SCIAC title for the second season in a row.

Although it was a 21-point victory, CLU played below its potential on Saturday in the opinion of head coach Ben McEnroe.

"Obviously winning ugly beats losing pretty any day of the week," McEnroe said. "It was one of our least inspired efforts but we found a way to gut it out and do the things that it took to win."

The Kingsmen defense held the Panthers to just two field goals on the day with a 22-yarder in the first quarter and a 30-yard make in the third.

While the CLU offense put up a season-low 236 total yards, the defense held the Panthers to just 219 yards and six points is the second lowest score for an opponent of the Kingsmen this season.

The Kingsmen trailed at the end of the first quarter 3-0, just the second time this season CLU has been down at the first break, the other coming in the team's only loss of the season at Pacific Lutheran.

However, CLU was in the Chapman red zone at the end of the first and after back-to-back penalties it settled for a 40-yard field goal by Jackson Damron to even the score early in the second.

In the red zone the Kingsmen scored on all four of its trips including a pair of Damron field goals and two Eric Rogers touchdown receptions.

Rogers hauled in a five-yard strike from Jake Laudenslayer midway through the second quarter that gave CLU a 10-3 advantage that it held at halftime. The sophomore wide receiver added a six-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter giving him a team-best seven on the season and eclipsing his freshman total of five in 2009.

The Kingsmen built their lead to ten after Damron's second field goal as the 38-yard attempt capped the opening drive of the second half.

The Panthers answered with a 14-play, 67-yard drive that lasted six minutes and ended with a 30-yard field goal from Mauricio Alfonso.

Chapman held the ball for 33:04, the longest time of possession for a CLU opponent this season and it was helped out by a Kingsmen defense that extended drives as it committed four penalties that resulted in Chapman first downs.

CLU would score on its next possession as well as they held the ball for over five minutes, carrying the drive into the fourth quarter when Laudenslayer hit Rogers on a second-and-goal from the six, putting the Kingsmen up 20-6.

Midway through the fourth quarter after Chapman had driven 66 yards on 11 plays the Kingsmen defense came up with the only turnover of the game. On the Kingsmen 13 yard line CU quarterback Bret Visciglia had his pass hit off the outstretched hand of his receiver and went up into the air where CLU's Broc Galbreth picked it off and raced it 46 yards down field to secure the Kingsmen win.

Deme'Trek Chambers would put an exclamation on the game with a 37-yard touchdown run that put him over the 100-yard mark for the fourth time in his six starts. He finished with 104 yards on 18 carries and the touchdown was his conference-leading 12th of the season.

Laudenslayer ended up 18-for-23 with 132 yards and two touchdowns. Rogers who was on the recveiving end of the scoring passes hauled in six catches for 39 yards to lead the team in both categories.

Seniors Carlton Richard, Victor Lara and Jake Speckhard each made three catches and totaled 34, 24 and 13 receiving yards, respectively.

Linebacker Loren Powers who entered the game tied for the team lead in tackles led the way with nine stops. Jordan Barta made six tackles including a half sack that pushed his season sack total to nine.

Galbreth's interception was his second of the season and Jeff Miller added a sack that gives him four for the year.

Cal Lutheran (7-1, 5-0 SCIAC) will now try and capture its second ever and second consecutive outright SCIAC title on Nov. 13 when it hosts Occidental at 1 p.m. It will be the final game ever played at Mt. Clef Stadium, the only stadium to host the Kingsmen football program and the site of the 1971 NAIA Division II National Championship won by CLU.

Sep. 23: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Massachusetts Maritime at Framingham State
Video Preview Live stats
12:00 PM
Muhlenberg at Juniata
Live stats
12:00 PM
Becker at Dean
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Salisbury at TCNJ
Live stats Audio
12:00 PM
MIT at Catholic
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Merchant Marine at Maine Maritime
Video
12:00 PM
Endicott at Hobart
Video Live stats Audio
12:00 PM
Nichols at Morrisville State
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Stevenson at Delaware Valley
Live stats
1:00 PM
Widener at Albright
Audio
1:00 PM
Christopher Newport at Montclair State
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Bethany at Westminster (Pa.)
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Middlebury at Bowdoin
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Williams at Colby
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Amherst at Hamilton
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Ursinus at Moravian
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Trinity (Conn.) at Bates
Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
Brevard at LaGrange
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Geneva at Thiel
Live stats
1:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Plymouth State
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Kean at Southern Virginia
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Frostburg State at Rowan
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Union at Curry
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Thomas More at Carnegie Mellon
Video Preview Preview Live stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Lycoming at King's
Video Live stats Audio Audio Tickets
1:00 PM
Husson at Western New England
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Johns Hopkins at Dickinson
1:00 PM
Wooster at DePauw
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Allegheny at Ohio Wesleyan
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Wilkes at Misericordia
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
FDU-Florham at Lebanon Valley
1:00 PM
Rochester at Alfred
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Wesley at William Paterson
Video Live stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.) at N.C. Wesleyan
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Huntingdon at Ferrum
Video Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Gettysburg at McDaniel
Video Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
RPI at Buffalo State
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Franklin and Marshall at Susquehanna
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Denison
Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
Westminster (Mo.) at Northwestern (Minn.)
1:00 PM
Crown at Eureka
Video Live stats
1:30 PM
John Carroll at Heidelberg
Video Live stats Audio Audio
1:30 PM
Otterbein at Ohio Northern
Video Live stats Audio
1:30 PM
Baldwin Wallace at Mount Union
Video Live stats Audio
1:30 PM
Defiance at Rose-Hulman
Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Marietta
1:30 PM
Franklin at Bluffton
Live stats
1:30 PM
Anderson at Hanover
1:30 PM
Mount St. Joseph at Manchester
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Worcester State at Westfield State
2:00 PM
Coast Guard at Norwich
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Fitchburg State
Live stats
2:00 PM
Wittenberg at Kenyon
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Hiram at Wabash
Video Video Live stats Tickets
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Millikin
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Sewanee at Millsaps
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Birmingham-Southern at Rhodes
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Austin at Hendrix
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Greenville at Martin Luther
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Chapman at Trinity (Texas)
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Buena Vista at Loras
Video Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Washington U. at Wartburg
Video Preview Live stats
2:00 PM
Hamline at Gustavus Adolphus
Live stats
2:00 PM
Augsburg at Carleton
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
St. Olaf at Bethel
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Dubuque at Luther
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Nebraska Wesleyan at Central
Audio
2:00 PM
Simpson at Coe
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at Elmhurst
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
North Park at Illinois Wesleyan
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
St. Norbert at Grinnell
2:00 PM
Ripon at Knox
2:00 PM
Iowa Wesleyan at MacMurray
2:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Howard Payne
Audio
2:00 PM
Southwestern at Louisiana College
Video
2:00 PM
Monmouth at Macalester
2:10 PM
St. John's at St. Thomas
@ Target Field, Minneapolis
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2:30 PM
WPI at Springfield
Video Live stats
3:00 PM
Beloit at Cornell
4:00 PM
Utica at Brockport
Video Live stats
4:00 PM
St. John Fisher at Hartwick
Audio
4:00 PM
Carroll at UW-La Crosse
4:00 PM
Minnesota-Morris at St. Scholastica
Video Live stats
4:30 PM
UW-Eau Claire at George Fox
Video Preview Preview Live stats Audio
5:00 PM
Salve Regina at Western Connecticut
Video Live stats
5:00 PM
Adrian at UW-Stevens Point
Video Live stats
6:00 PM
Tufts at Wesleyan
Video Live stats
6:00 PM
Methodist at Averett
Video Live stats
6:00 PM
Centre at Berry
Video Live stats Audio Tickets
6:00 PM
Lake Forest at Lawrence
Video Video
7:00 PM
Waynesburg at Case Western Reserve
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
St. Vincent at Grove City
Box Score Live stats
7:00 PM
Texas Lutheran at Mary Hardin-Baylor
Video Live stats Audio Audio
7:00 PM
Lakeland at UW-Platteville
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Carthage at Augustana
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Chicago at Illinois College
Video Preview Live stats
7:00 PM
McMurry at Sul Ross State
Audio
7:30 PM
Capital at Wilmington
Video Live stats
8:00 PM
Belhaven at East Texas Baptist
8:00 PM
Arizona Christian at Whittier
Video Live stats
Sep. 23: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Stevenson at Delaware Valley
Live stats
1:00 PM
Wesley at William Paterson
Video Live stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Rochester at Alfred
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Johns Hopkins at Dickinson
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Frostburg State at Rowan
Video Video Live stats Live stats Audio Audio Audio
1:30 PM
John Carroll at Heidelberg
Video Live stats Audio Audio
1:30 PM
Baldwin Wallace at Mount Union
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Wittenberg at Kenyon
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Howard Payne
Audio
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Millikin
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at Elmhurst
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
North Park at Illinois Wesleyan
Video Live stats Audio
2:10 PM
St. John's at St. Thomas
@ Target Field, Minneapolis
Video Live stats Audio Audio
4:00 PM
Utica at Brockport
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Waynesburg at Case Western Reserve
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Lakeland at UW-Platteville
Live stats Video
7:00 PM
Texas Lutheran at Mary Hardin-Baylor
Video Live stats Audio Audio