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Result: L 12-35

Football vs. Concordia College

Saturday, October 28th, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. at Northfield, Minn. - Laird Stadium

Knights lose to Cobbers on Senior Day

By Ryan Casperson '18
Dane Birkeland
Dane Birkeland
Photo: Quinn Batten

NORTHFIELD, Minn. — In its final home contest of the 2017 campaign, the Carleton College football team fell to No. 19-ranked Concordia College, 35-12. This marked the final game at Laird Stadium for the football class of 2018.

“I’m really proud of this senior group,” said Carleton head coach Bob Pagel. “They have battled and fought their whole careers, and they did so again today. For that, I am grateful for what they have done for our program.

“Some of those guys made great memories in their last home game today. I hope they feel good and excited about that.”

The seniors on the roster include offensive linemen Chris Anisowicz (Pelham, N.Y./Pelham Memorial), Brandon Fabel (Norwood Young America, Minn./Norwood Young America), Nick Fredrickson (Winthrop Harbor, Ill./St. Joseph), Ben Gagnon (Kingston, Ontario/Holy Cross), and Tyler Rolland (Burnsville, Minn./Apple Valley); linebackers Ian Doherty (Lincoln, Mass./Concord-Carlisle Regional) and Merrick Ducharme (Blooming Prairie, Minn./Hayfield); defensive lineman Marcus Irrthum (Wanamingo, Minn./Kenyon-Wanamingo); running back Tyler O'Keefe (Woodville, Wis./Spring Valley); and wide receiver Dane Birkeland (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnehaha Academy).

The Cobbers (7-1, 5-1 MIAC) took advantage of a Carleton fumble and drove down the field, scoring on a nine-yard rush to take an early 7-0 lead. The Knights (0-9, 0-7 MIAC) responded mid-way through the second quarter as Christian Zaytoun (Jr./Raleigh, N.C./Woodberry Forest) found Birkeland for a 15-yard touchdown that cut the Cobber lead to 7-6.

The Cobbers tacked on another touchdown in the second quarter to take a 14-6 lead heading into intermission after making a defensive stand late in the half while standing in the shadow of their own goalpost.

The third quarter was controlled by the Cobbers as they halted the Knights’ promising drives and scored twice to increase their lead to 28-6 heading into the fourth quarter.

Concordia struck again early in the fourth quarter. The Cobbers scored on an eight-yard touchdown run to take a commanding 29-point lead. The Knights cut down the deficit later in the fourth quarter on a three-yard touchdown pass from Zaytoun to Birkeland, the two-point conversion attempt was no good, bringing the score to 35-12 in favor of the visitiors.

The Knights were led offensively by Birkeland and Emanual Williams (So./Lovelady, Texas, Lovelady). Birkeland had 11 catches for 106 yards to go along with the two touchdowns. Williams led the Knights’ rushing attack, running nine times for 75 yards.

Defensively, the Knights were led by Peter Hagstrom (So./Shakopee, Minn./Shakopee) with a season-high 11 tackles.

The Knights have their bye next week but are back in action for the season finale on Nov. 11 at Gustavus Adolphus College. Kickoff for that game is slated for 1:00 p.m. Live audio will be available via Knights Online and Power 96 (KQCL 95.9 FM in the Northfield/Faribault area.