Cougars Handle Crusaders


RIVER FOREST, Ill. – The football team faced the Cougars of Concordia-Chicago in a high-scoring affair, losing 62-27. 

Senior quarterback Phil Littrell (Valrico, Fla.) entered the game ranked fourth in the NAC in touchdown passes (10) and added two more touchdowns along with 139 yards passing.

Sophomore wide receiver Joel Kobosh (Lake Mills, Wis.) continues to prove he is a legitimate receiving threat by averaging 12 yards a catch en route to 60 yards, and a two touchdown performance.

His first touchdown came in the opening minutes of the game when Concordia fumbled the kickoff. Littrell and Kobosh capitalized by connecting on a 12-yard pass.

The next Maranatha score came on a 31-yard scamper by junior running back Ethan Lane (Atlanta, Ga.).

Freshman lineman Benjamin Janes (Kiowa, Colo.) recovered a fumble and took it to the house for 64 yards and six points.

Junior cornerback Brian Puerling (Salem, Ore.) forced an interception, bringing his season total to three interceptions. He is tied for the team lead with defensive backs Jason Garrison (Watertown, Wis.) and Matt Morrison (Watertown, Wis.).

Kobosh and Littrell connected once more on a 7-yard pass late in the fourth quarter.

Concordia racked 546 yards of offense over the course of the game, but Maranatha held the edge in possession time with nearly 35 minutes as opposed to the Cougar’s 25 minutes.

Both teams struggled, combining for nine fumbles and four interceptions while Concordia had 15 penalties.  

Linebacker Ethan Lane was the top defender with nine tackles, three tackles for loss, a pass breakup and a sack. Senior defensive end Ethan Rosen (New Munich, Minn.) notched 10 tackles.

The Crusaders move on to face Lakeland in an away game Saturday November 5 at 12:00 p.m.