The Concordia Chicago football team edged Concordia Wisconsin 22-21 in double overtime during homecoming on Saturday to move into first place in the in the Northern Athletics Conference.
The Cougars (7-1, 4-1) had the first possession in overtime but were unable to move the ball.
Concordia Wisconsin also had trouble moving the ball on its possession. After three plays that netted zero yards, the Falcons elected for a 42-yard field goal attempt by Dan Winsey. The kicker had booted at least one field goal in eight straight games, but this attempt hit the left upright and caromed harmlessly away.
The Falcons scored in the second overtime on a one-yard sneak by Thomas Pacchioli. Winsey booted the extra point, and the Falcons took a 21-14 lead.
On the Cougars’ ensuing possession, Savonte Hunt made the key reception on a third-and-six as he broke loose for 16 yards and a first down at the five. On the next snap, quarterback Mike Marotta found Mike Egebrecht in the end zone for the six points.
The Cougars surprised both the Falcons and many of the fans in attendance by electing to go for two points. Marotta took a few quick steps back and threw to Egebrecht on the right side of the end zone. The Falcons’ defender interfered on the play, drawing the flag, but it did not matter as Egebrecht held firmly onto the ball. The referee signaled the good conversion as Egebrecht was mobbed by his teammates and fans.
The win was Concordia Chicago’s first over the Falcons since 1987.
“This was a great win with the way that we hung in there and got it done at the end,” said head coach Lonnie Pries. This will be one to look back on in the off-season, but we still have work to do over the next few weeks. We have not won the conference yet, although today was a big step toward that goal.”
Concordia Chicago will travel to Aurora University on Saturday before wrapping up the regular season on Nov. 14 at home against Benedictine University.