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UW-Whitewater football rolls into second NCAA round

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Tim Wester/Special to the Gazette
November 23, 2009
— Lakeland College football coach Kevin Doherty said his team was thrilled to be facing UW-Whitewater in the NCAA Division III playoffs.

Of course, that was before his team actually played the Warhawks.


After that, Whitewater (11-0) racked up seven rushing touchdowns—10 overall—and forced six turnovers en route to an impressive 70-7 victory over the Muskies in a first-round matchup here Saturday afternoon at Perkins Stadium,


The second-ranked Warhawks (11-0) host Illinois Wesleyan (10-1) next Saturday in the second round. The Titans advanced by knocking off Wabash, 41-35, in double overtime.


“It’s exciting to head into play Illinois Wesleyan because it’s somebody we haven’t played,” Warhawk coach Lance Leipold said. “That’s the unique thing to play somebody different that you haven’t played.’’


Meanwhile, the Warhawks seemed to be pretty excited to play Lakeland.


Whitewater made it 7-0 on its first offensive play when Jordan Wells yanked a 55-yard Jeff Donovan touchdown pass from two Muskie defenders.


Lakeland, however, answered the first score with an 11-play, 76-yard drive. That was capped by Jake Dworak’s 5-yard touchdown pass to Jake Heinemeyer with 7:28 left in the first quarter.


“Probably what was different from some other games was Lakeland made some plays in that first quarter and moved the ball in a couple different situations that put some points on the board for them,” said Leipold, whose team had not given up a first-quarter touchdown this season. “The nice thing was that there was no sense of panic from coaches or players.”


Levell Coppage made sure his team was panic-free with a 42-yard touchMuskie defense that helped Whitewater down run through the heart of the defense to claim a 14-7 lead with 5:28 left in the first quarter.


Coppage added two more first-half touchdown runs of 1 and 13 yards en route to 142 rushing yards on 12 carries for the game. He also pushed his season total to 27 touchdowns, breaking a tie with former Warhawk star Justin Beaver for the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference record.


“I tell you what. That’s one hell of a rushing attack,” Doherty said of the Warhawks, who had 353 yards on the ground. “That Coppage is a hell of a little back. Everybody talks about how quick he is, but he has a great set of eyes.”


Matt McCulloch’s eyes worked pretty well, too, when the Janesville Parker High School graduate jumped an underneath route for a 39-yard touchdown interception return to give Whitewater a 42-7 lead with 4:44 left in the first half.


The Warhawks didn’t let up in the second half.


Antwan Anderson racked up touchdown runs of 28 and 13 yards in the third quarter to build the lead to 56-7.


With the points flowing, Warhawk kicker Jeff Schebler quietly broke the NCAA all-division career scoring record for kickers with 434 points on a third-quarter extra point.


“Bob Berezowitz (former Whitewater head coach) said a lot of good things could happen if I came here, and obviously it has,” Schebler said. “The offense has scored a lot of points, and that’s the reason why I’m here today.”


Schebler continued to kick extra points after C.J. Miller touchdowns runs of 6 and 1 yards completed a 28-point third quarter.


Schebler finished his day with 10 points in the game and 437 for his career. He surpassed Art Carmody of Louisville (2004-07) as the all-time kicking leader.


Whitewater’s 70-point total was its highest since setting a school record in a 75-14 nonconference win over Lakeland in 2006, making it a less-than-thrilling finish for Doherty and his Muskies.


WHITEWATER 70, LAKELAND 7


TEAM STATISTICS


Lak Whi


First downs 7 26


Rushes-yards 35-63 47-353


Yards passing 147 148


Passes 12-22-5 10-13-0


Punts-avg. 4-34.8 2-33


Fumbles-lost 2-1 0-0


Penalties-yards 6-62 5-46


Time of possession 29:28 30:32


SCORING SUMMARY


Lakeland 7 0 0 0—7


UW-Whitewater 21 21 28 0—70


First Quarter


W—Jordan Wells, 55 pass from Jeff Donovan (Jeff Schebler kick), 13:52. L—Jake Heinemeyer, 5 pass from Jake Dworak (Nick Horstmeier kick), 7:28. W—Levell Coppage, 42 run (Schebler kick), 5:28. W—Coppage, 1 run (Schebler kick), 2:28.


Second Quarter


W—Aaron Rusch, 13 pass from Donovan (Schebler kick), 11:08. W—Coppage, 1 run (Schebler kick), 6:18. W—Matt McCulloch, 39 interception return (Schebler kick), 4:44.


Third Quarter


W—Antwan Anderson, 28 run (Schebler kick), 13:17. W—Anderson, 13 run (Schebler kick), 9:03. W—C.J. Miller, 6 run (Schebler kick), 4:34. W—Miller, 1 run (Schebler kick), 1:06.


INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS


RUSHING—Lakeland: Adam Miller, 13-25; Jake Dworak, 6-12; Derek Dolgner, 3-10; Jake Heinemeyer, 3-9; Jeremy Williams, 8-6; Justin Laack, 2-1. Whitewater: Levell Coppage, 12-142; Antwan Anderson, 11-88; C.J. Miller, 16-87; Matt Blanchard, 4-34; Jeff Donovan, 1-2; Bernie Tamsett, 1-0; Steve McCollom, 2-0.


PASSING—Lakeland: Jake Dworak, 11-21-5-144; Jake Heinemeyer, 1-1-0-3. Whitewater: Jeff Donovan, 7-9-0-129; Matt Blanchard, 3-4-0-19.


RECEIVING—Lakeland: Roberto Flores, 6-102; Jake Heinemeyer, 4-36; Adam Miller, 1-6; Justin Laack, 1-3. Whitewater: Aaron Rusch, 3-30; Jordan Wells, 2-66; Levell Coppage, 2-13; Jason Ford, 1-15; Cory Robinson, 1-15; Max Wasikowski, 1-9.


Attendance—1,848.




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