Vikings can't get past Carleton

Lawrence football action Ethan Simmons
Ethan Simmons led the Vikings in rushing and receiving against Carleton.

APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University football team couldn't generate enough offense in the second half Saturday, and Carleton College rallied for a 20-10 nonconference win over the Vikings on Ron Roberts Field at the Banta Bowl.

Carleton took the lead with a touchdown in the third quarter and then sealed the victory with a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

Lawrence (1-1) played almost the entire second half without starting quarterback D'Andre Weaver, who was injured late in the first half. Weaver was dynamic in the first half as he went 10-for-17 passing for 117 yards and a touchdown. 

Receiver Ethan Simmons led the Vikings with nine carries for 53 yards, and Simmons caught four passes for 34 yards. 

The Lawrence defense was paced by linebacker Eder Bellgarde and safety Jaxon Stratton. Bellegarde finished with 12 tackles, including 1.0 tackles for loss, and his first career interception. Stratton also finished with 12 tackles, including 11 solo.

Lawrence finished with three interceptions, one by Bellegarde, the first career interception from Onni Soininen and another from senior cornerback Terrell Myers.

Lawrence held the explosive Carleton offense to 342 yards, and quarterback Beau Nelson was 29-for-47 for 236 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Receiver Mack Journell was limited to eight catches for 69 yards and a touchdown.

Carleton struck on the first possession of the game and moved 68 yards in eight plays for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead. Sean Goodman ran it in from two yards out.

Lawrence quickly tied the game as the Vikings went 71 yards in six plays for the score. Weaver ripped off an 18-yard run to the 50-yard line, and he hit Tanner Morris with a 39-yard scoring pass three plays later to tie the game at 7-7.

The Vikings took the lead late in the first half with an 11-play drive. Weaver had three consecutive completions, two to Simmons and one to Nick Pastrone, to move to the Carleton 37. After a 10-yard run by Cameron Wicks, and a 13-yard run from Simmons, the drive stalled. Brandon Hurt came in and drilled a 30-yard field goal to put the Vikings up 10-7 with 2:59 left in the half.

On the ensuing Carleton possession, Myers picked off Nelson at the Lawrence 25 and returned it for a touchdown, but an illegal block penalty on the return moved the ball back to the Carleton 40. The Vikings were unable to cash in as Hurt's 47-yard field goal attempt was just short in the final seconds of the half.

The Vikings had the ball to start the second half, but Weaver's injury flared up and he came out of the game after a fumble on that opening possession. Carleton took the ensuing possession and moved 69 yards in eight plays for the score. Nelson hit Emanual Williams with a 13-yard scoring pass, and Carleton led 14-10.

Lawrence's offense wasn't able to move the ball, but the defense stopped the Knights five consecutive times inside Lawrence territory. Lawrence had a goal-line stand where Carleton had a first-and-goal at the one-yard line, and Myers capped that possession with a big fourth-down hit to break up a pass to Goodman.

Carleton scored on the next possession as the Knights went 35 yards in seven plays. Journell caught a five-yard scoring pass with 3:22 left to seal the victory.

Lawrence has a bye next week and then travels to Cornell College on Sept. 28.