|Concordia University (2-0)||7||20||7||0||34|
|Trinity Internat'l (1-1)||0||0||6||14||20|
|Concordia University||Indv. Leaders||Trinity Internat'l|
|#13 Joe Conner - 77||Rushing||#26 Jabial White - 42|
|#6 Seth Suida - 267||Passing||#10 Danny Mattero - 178|
|#4 Herman Mason - 114||Receiving||#80 Jimmy Campbell - 66|
|Concordia University||Team Statistics||Trinity Internat'l|
Deerfield, Illinois) – The Cardinals traveled to Deerfield, IL for their second game of the season, taking on Trinity International University in a Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) Crossover matchup. A stifling defense combined with an efficient offense led the Cardinals to a commanding 27-0 lead after the first half. The Cardinals would eventually roll to a 34-20 victory and remain perfect (2-0) on the season.
Seth Suida (SR/Livonia, MI) wasted no time on the Cardinals' first offensive play from scrimmage, firing a deep 55-yard touchdown strike to Herman Mason (SR/Lansing, MI) for an early 7-0 lead. Mason created fits for the Trojans defense for most of the day hauling in 6 catches for 114 receiving yards.
Concordia's defense would set the tone early and often by forcing the Trojans to go 3 and out or failing to convert on 4th downs. Andrew O'Hara (JR/Cleveland, OH) and Amaan Payne (SO/Holt, MI) led the Cardinals defensive charge early with a sack on the Trojans second drive and denied a 4th down fake punt on the ensuing possession.
On the Cardinals third possession, Offensive Coordinator Andrew Rode used a balanced attack leading to a 70yard scoring drive. The drive climaxed when tight end Jay Alvarez (SR/Lansing, MI) hauled in his first touchdown of the season. The 16 yard touchdown was the first play of the 2nd half and gave the Cardinals a 14-0 advantage.
The Cardinals defense continued to keep the Trojans on their heels and gave the ball back to the offense when Tarek Dalou (SO/Dearborn Heights, MI ) earned his first interception of the season. The sophomore defensive back played his assignment and displayed athleticism with a diving interception.
The reigning MSFA Defensive Player of the Week, Joe Conner (SO/Flat Rock, MI) found his rhythm late in the 2nd quarter. The sophomore running used runs of 16 and 2 yards to end the 2nd half giving the Cardinals a 27-0 lead at halftime. Conner once again led the Cardinals attack on the ground with 77 total yards on 15 rushes.
Brendan Beerer (SO/Royal Oak, MI ) would extend the Cardinals lead to 34-0 with 5 minutes left in the 3rd quarter when he scored his first touchdown of the season. Beerer's 12 yard touchdown come from the arm of Seth Suida. The Cardinals quarterback totaled 267 yards on the day with 3 total touchdown on 14-26 in the air.
(Deerfield, IL) The Trojans would not go away and continued to play hard on their home field. Twenty unanswered points kept the Trojans within striking distance but the clocked worked in the Cardinals favored. The Trojans would run out of time to threaten additionally and the Cardinals rolled to their 2nd win of the season in as many weeks.
Coach Schumacher was pleased with the team's road mindset and energy from the start. "Our guys did a great job taking care of business on the road. Trinity is a tough place to play at and I thought our guys brought a lot of energy."
The Cardinals will look to remain sharp with their approach on the road and head to Illinois for week three. "We took another step in the right direction," said Coach Schumacher. "We will continue to focus on several areas this week as we prepare for another tough MSFA opponent:
Olivet Nazarene University will host the Cardinals on September 16th at 2pm EST for another MSFA Crossover matchup. The Tigers will enter the contest with a perfect 3-0 record on the season after defeating Siena Heights University on Saturday, 20-11.