Falcon Football Off to Hot Start

The Concordia University Wisconsin football team defeated Alma in their third game of the season on September 15th.

This win helped improve their record to 2-1, their second best start since 2013.

In their first game of the season, the Falcons scored 31 points while holding Finlandia University to only three points to pick up their first win of the year. According to the Falcons’ website, CUW’s offense was led by two touchdown receptions from Jake Riportella. Josh Sanders and Isaiah Tenette both reached the end zone once, as well.

The Falcons were defeated 27-24 by Augsburg in their second game of the season, but CUW broadcaster Matt Menzel, who has called over 1,000 CUW sporting events, said there were still positive take-aways from this game.

“Yes, the Falcons lost that second game, but they showed us a lot about their character by nearly overcoming a 20-0 deficit,” Menzel said.

CUW’s third game served as a challenge with several of their most notable playmakers unable to play, but this did not deter the Falcons from the task at hand.

“It’s that old saying, ‘next man up,’ and that is exactly what we saw. The next guy in line stepped up and fulfilled their role perfectly. They made the most of the opportunity given,” Menzel said.

Confidence and momentum play a large role in the success of a team, and according to Maegan Gorecki, Falcons’ head manager, the win over Alma will go a long way in boosting the team’s confidence moving forward.

“The win over Alma was certainly a confidence builder for the team, considering we hadn’t beat them in six years,” Gorecki said.

Falcons’ football will now begin conference play within the NACC.

According to Menzel, the team will need to use what they have learned in these first few games to prepare for the challenges that conference play will undoubtedly bring.

“League play is always a battle. They are finding various ways to compete, which should serve them well in the NACC, as they face various scenarios,” Menzel said.

CUW football’s next game takes place at Benedictine University on September 29th. A live stream of the event can be found on the Falcon’s website.

Written by Logan Jones.

Photo from Falcons’ Website.

Categories: Athletics

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