As the fourth week of the Division III football season rolls around, the Falcons enter their bye week with a 2-1 record. As they, along with the rest of the teams in the NACC start conference play, let’s recap the season so far.
During the first two weeks of the season, the Falcons went 2-0. The first, a 31-14 win at Finlandia demonstrated roster depth as the Falcons were without several starters, including junior quarterback Aaron Nixon. His replacement, senior quarterback Joe Federico, threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns while the Falcons’ defense gave up only seven points to the Lions offense. The Lions also scored as a result of a special team error by the Falcons.
The second game again demonstrated the strength of the Falcons’ defense. The Falcons only allowed 14 points in a 24-14 victory over an Augsburg team that defeated Concordia in a 54-21 rout last season. The victory is the Falcons’ first win over the Auggies in six seasons.
“We’ve had a lot of quality wins as a program, but I don’t know if there has been a bigger one than this,” Falcons Head Coach Greg Etter said.
Following the first 2-0 start in the Greg Etter era, the team lost a close game to Alma 31-28, as the Scots scored with 31 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to take the lead.
“I think the first half of the game was somewhat of a wake up call for our guys,” said Etter. “The second half I felt we played like the score was zero, zero and played much better.”
The Falcons will begin NACC conference play at Lakeland University October 1 at 1 p.m. After last year’s debacle against the rival Muskies, which ended in a post-game brawl, the entire team been focused and locked in.
“It’s been great to see our guys locked in within every aspect of preparation this week. Our senior leadership has done a great job setting the tone for the rest of the team and I think it’s going to lead to a lot of success,” Etter said.
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