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Result: L 21-38

Football vs. Gustavus Adolphus College

Saturday, November 12th, 2016 – 1:00 p.m. at Northfield, Minn. - Laird Stadium

Knights Unable to Overcome Turnovers in Season Finale

By Ryan Casperson '18
Ethan Trujillo
Ethan Trujillo
Photo: Hugh O'Connor '20



NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- In its final contest of the 2016 campaign, the Carleton College football team dropped a very competitive matchup against Gustavus Adolphus College, 38-21. Today marked the last game in the careers of the 11 seniors in the Knights’ class of 2017.

The Gusties (5-5, 3-5 MIAC) took advantage of four Carleton (1-9, 1-7 MIAC) turnovers to score 21 of their points.

Following an interception on the first drive of the game, the Gusties need only two plays to get on the scoreboard. On their next drive, the Gusties were able to extend their lead to  following a seven-play, 62-yard scoring drive. The Knights cut the deficit in half late in the opening quarter with a nine-yard touchdown pass from senior Ethan Trujillo (Brighton, Colo./Brighton) to classmate Zach Creighton (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North).

Scoring in the second quarter was very limited, with only Gustavus able to put a field goal on the scoreboard to give the visitors a 17-7 halftime lead.

After the break, the Knights capitalized on a Gustavus miscue as senior Dylan Saline (Anoka, Minn./Champlin Park) had an acrobatic interception. Trujillo broke free on the third play of the drive and raced 29 yards to the endzone. The Gusties answered with a rushing touchdown of their own following a 13 play drive that took nearly seven minutes.

After Trujillo and Creighton connected for a 33-yard touchdown—and then again for two-point conversion—the Knights were within 24-21 very early in the fourth quarter. However, turnovers proved to be costly again, as Gustavus responded with back-to-back defensive touchdowns to finish off the scoring.

Trujillo led the way for the Knights on offense, throwing for 260 yards through the air with two touchdowns, while rushing for 80 yards on the ground. Creighton closed his collegiate career with 10 receptions for 115 yards and two touchdowns. Pete Dehkes (Sr./Clinton, N.J./North Hunterdon) caught six passes for 82 yards in his final game at Laird Stadium, while fellow senior Robert Deng (Sunnyvale, Calif./Harker) chipped in with two receptions.

Defensively, Kwaku Bodom (So./Brooklyn Park, Minn./Breck) tallied a game-high 12 tackles, including five solo stops, while Ian Doherty (Jr./Lincoln, Mass./Concord-Carlisle Regional) chipped in with 10 tackles and a fumble recovery. Senior Pete Boerma (Watertown, S.D.) added eight tackles including a sack, while fellow senior Saline added seven tackles and his fourth interception of the year.

The Knights show promise for the future as the team could return 17 starters for the 2017 season opener at Lake Forest College (Ill.) on Sept. 9.