Lawrence starts fast but falls to Foresters

Lawrence football action Eder Bellegarde and Tyler Kujawa
Eder Bellegarde (37) had 10 tackles, and Tyler Kujawa added nine against Lake Forest.

APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University football team started fast Saturday night on Ron Roberts Field at the Banta Bowl, but a pair of early turnovers proved costly as Lake Forest College went on to a 42-14 Midwest Conference North Division game.

Lawrence scored the opening touchdown and was driving for another score but a fumble and a muffed punt led to a pair of Lake Forest scores. The Foresters then broke the game open with a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter.

Lawrence quarterbacks Billy Wallisch and Tim Owen combined to go 12-for-21 for 133 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Nick Pastrone caught three passes for 46 yards and a score, and Tanner Morris caught four passes for 42 yards for the Vikings. Receiver Ethan Simmons led the Lawrence rushing attack with eight carries for 38 yards. 

Eder Bellegarde led the Lawrence defense with 10 tackles and he picked up a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss. Safety Tyler Kujawa added nine tackles and 1.0 TFLs. 

Jordan McInerney put up a big game for the Lake Forest defense as he recorded 13 tackles, including 5.5 sacks as part of his 6.5 TFLs. 

Receiver/returner A.J. Jackson also had a big night for the Foresters (7-1, 4-0 MWC North) as he caught four passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns. He also returned five punts for 136 yards, including a 50-yard return for a touchdown. 

Lawrence (1-7, 0-4) jumped on Lake Forest by taking its first possession and driving 58 yards in eight play for a touchdown. Wallisch capped the drive with a 34-yard scoring pass to Pastrone for a 7-0 lead.

Lawrence was driving for another score on its next possession when Johnny Laponte stripped Wasonu Allen and returned the ball 46 yards to the Lawrence 14-yard line. The Foresters scored four plays later and the lead was cut the 7-6.

Lawrence had just stopped a Lake Forest drive but a fumbled punt was recovered by the Foresters at the Lawrence 10 to set up another touchdown and a 14-7 lead. Lake Forest struck again just before halftime when Jackson caught a 54-yard scoring pass from Bill Degnan for a 21-7 lead at the break.

Lake Forest scored on its opening possession of the third quarter, and Jackson returned a punt 50 yards for a touchdown for a 35-7 lead. Jackson later caught a 10-yard scoring pass early in the fourth quarter.

Lawrence closed the scoring as Owen hit Cameron Wicks with a 23-yard touchdown pass with 3:49 left. That capped a six-play, 42-yard drive for the Vikings.