Special Teams Leads St. Norbert Past Lake Forest

From Sports Information Director, September 26, 2009 | Football
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Special teams helped set up three St. Norbert College touchdowns as the Green Knights topped Lake Forest College 35-14 in a Midwest Conference game at Farwell Field.

A long kickoff return, a shanked punt and a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown all turned into points for St. Norbert, which has won 35 of its last 37 Midwest Conference games and is now 24-2 all-time in the series with Lake Forest..

Lake Forest's Brock Stenberg would take the game's second play from scrimmage 67 yards for a touchdown just 26 seconds into the game, but the Foresters' 6-0 lead would be short-lived. Following a kickoff out of bounds, the next kickoff was returned 48 yards by Logan Krueger to the Lake Forest 30-yard line.

St. Norbert (4-0, 3-0 MWC) converted a fourth-and-4 at the Lake Forest 24 on a Rob Berger pass to Jeremy Gezella, and three plays later John Weninger plunged in from a yard out for a 7-6 lead.

Lake Forest's first possession of the second quarter ended in a three-and-out, with the punt from the Foresters' 5-yard line going just 19 yards out of bounds. St. Norbert needed three plays to go up 14-6, scoring on a 19-yard pass from Berger to Gezella.

With 4:27 left in the first half, Lake Forest kicker Tim Gruzwalski's 37-yard field-goal attempt was blocked by Dan Sjoquist and returned 67 yards by Justin Baker for a touchdown for a 21-6 lead.

St. Norbert forced a Lake Forest fumble at the St. Norbert 35 on the next possessions, and the Green Knights marched 65 yards in eight plays to score on a 27-yard run by Berger 45 seconds left before halftime. Berger was nearly sacked on the play but scrambled into an open field before diving into the end zone to score.

The Green Knights would put the game away on the first serried of the fourth quarter, needing nine plays to go 77 yards capped off by a 1-yard touchdown run by Todd Sheedy. Lake Forest scored the game's final points with 4:51 left on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Justin Novak to Chris Carter.

Lake Forest (0-4, 0-3 MWC) outgained St. Norbert 369-332, and the Foresters had 281 passing yards. Weninger led St. Norbert on the ground with 65 yards on 15 carries, while Berger was 11-for-19 passing for 112 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Logan Krueger caught five passes for 51 yards.

Carter caught 10 passes for 127 yards and one touchdown for the Foresters. Geoff Sobey completed 19 of 34 passes for 183 yards, while Novak was 8-for-12 for 98 yards and one touchdown. Stenberg led the Foresters on the ground with 113 yards on 12 carries.