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WIAC football photo: UW-Whitewater's Canton Larson

UW-Whitewater receiver Canton Larson caught a 21-yard touchdown pass, the Warhawks' only TD in a 17-10 loss at Illinois Wesleyan last week.


No. 15 UW-Whitewater (0-1) at Concordia-Moorhead, Minn. (1-0), noon

Notes: Last week, the Warhawks suffered their first season-opening loss since the 2003 season, a 17-10 loss at Illinois Wesleyan marred by three turnovers inside Wesleyan territory, including two at the 1-yard line — and one with a minute left in the game. It was the seventh time in the last 58 games that Whitewater had a negative turnover ratio. The Warhawks were held to 42 yards rushing. … Concordia-Moorhead has won six consecutive games dating to last season, including a 34-14 win at Nebraska Wesleyan last week. The Cobbers gained 238 yards rushing, averaging 5.3 yards per carry, and forced six turnovers, including five interceptions.

Virginia-Lynchburg (0-2) at No. 3 UW-Oshkosh (1-0), 1 p.m.

Notes: The Titans looked sharp in their opener, beating eighth-ranked John Carroll (Ohio), 23-17, on the road in a rematch of last year’s NCAA III semifinal. Dylan Hecker rushed for 186 yards and three touchdowns and the Titans never trailed. ... Virginia-Lynchburg is neither a member of the NCAA nor the NAIA. First-year coach Jimmy Joe’s Dragons lost their opener to Louisburg College, 41-10, and fell last week at Florida Tech, 44-0. In each game, the Dragons managed only 155 yards of offense.

UW-La Crosse (1-0) at Ripon College (0-1), 1 p.m.

Notes: The Eagles downed Luther College (Iowa) by a 27-7 score last week, as quarterback Tarek Yaeggi (Watertown) completed 28 of 44 passes for 306 yards and three touchdowns. It was his sixth 300-yard passing game in 10 starts at La Crosse. The Eagles beat Ripon last year, 65-14. ... The Red Hawks lost to Concordia-Chicago last week, 28-20, gaining 396 yards of offense but giving up four turnovers. Freshman quarterback Julian Patton (Madison La Follette), pressed into action due to an injury to expected starter Sam Shroyer, rushed for 107 yards and completed four of 11 passes for 39 yards and a touchdown. Patton is expected to start on Saturday.

No. 4 St. Thomas, Minn. (1-0) at UW-Stout (1-0), 1 p.m.

Notes: Stout downed Simpson College (Iowa), 17-0, as Luke Wilz earned WIAC Defensive Player of the Week honors with 12 tackles and Stout held the Storm to 62 yards rushing. The Blue Devils racked up 417 yards of offense. ... St. Thomas gave coach Glenn Caruso his 100th victory in 10 years, getting 100 yards of offense from pre-season All-American running back Jordan Roberts in a 47-13 victory over UW-Eau Claire. 

Wisconsin Lutheran College (0-1) at UW-Eau Claire (0-1), 6 p.m.

Notes: Eau Claire took an early 6-0 lead against St. Thomas last week, but gave up 42 consecutive points and was held to 220 total yards. Quarterback J.T. DenHartog threw for 112 yards and rushed for 68 more. ... Wisconsin Lutheran committed six turnovers in a 58-21 home loss to Trinity International last week. Quarterback Pat Mathieson threw for 195 yards and one touchdown and ran for two more scores.

UW-Stevens Point (1-0) at Albion, Mich. (0-1), 6 p.m.

Notes: The Pointers opened with a rousing double-overtime, 34-33 win over St. Norbert College. Jonte Webb caught a 25-yard pass from senior quarterback Ryan Swigart and Hayden Neidert kicked the PAT. Earlier, Tanner Beaman blocked a St. Norbert PAT try. Swigart completed 23 of 32 passes for 374 yards and five touchdowns. ... Albion fell 35-26 to Wabash College, although Kyle Thomas threw for 215 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score. Defensive back Geordon Carter led the Britons with 19 tackles.

Gustavus Adolphus, Minn. (1-0) at UW-River Falls (0-1), 7 p.m.

Notes: The Falcons lost 13-9 to Coe (Iowa), managing 340 yards of offense but going scoreless in the second half. Michael Diggins ran for 109 yards. ... Gustavus Adolphus rolled to a 38-0 win over Westminster last week, as quarterback Michael Veldman threw for three touchdowns, two to Brice Panning, and the Gusties’ defense held Westminster to eight first downs and 153 yards of offense.

Bye week: UW-Platteville (1-0)

Notes: Freshman quarterback Cade Earl led the 13th-ranked Pioneers on a 45-yard drive over the final four minutes, setting up Michael Pratl’s 27-yard field goal that beat George Fox University, 30-28. Earl completed 37 of 49 passes for 434 yards and went 6-for-6 on the final drive.


Wisconsin State Journal prep sports editor Art Kabelowsky has traversed the state to cover sports while working for daily papers in Fort Atkinson, Racine, La Crosse, Milwaukee and Baraboo.