Taking A Knee

Senior Gunnar Kollman proposes to his girlfriend after the Cobbers' 55-0 win over Hamline.
Senior Gunnar Kollman proposes to his girlfriend after the Cobbers' 55-0 win over Hamline.

STORY LINE: Concordia scored on seven straight possessions from the end of the first quarter until the end of the third quarter and beat Hamline 55-0. The Cobbers put up 27 points in the second quarter as they put up their second straight 50-point game. Concordia's Black Shirt defense held Hamline to only 37 total yards and two first downs as they recorded their second straight shutout over Hamline.

18-WHEELER: Concordia rushed for 393 yards but the amazing fact is that they had 18 players carry the ball at least once during the game. That is a school record for most players with a rush in a game. The Cobbers also had nine players with at least three carries.  

BOLD BLACK SHIRTS: Concordia only allowed 37 total yards and two first downs against the Pipers which is the lowest total in a game in the Terry Horan which began in 2001.  

50-BURGER: The 55 points by the Cobbers mark the second straight game that they have scored at least 50 points. The last time Concordia put up back-to-back 50 burgers was at the end of the 2007 season when they had three straight 50-point games against St. Olaf, St. Thomas and then Carleton.
    
BK QUADRUPLE POUNDER: Cobber junior quarterback Blake Kragnes accounted for four touchdowns against Hamline. He threw a pair of 20-yard TD strikes in the first half and also ran for two scores. His four touchdown game is a career high and Kragnes has now thrown for six scores on the year.     

MUST BE THE NUMBER: Concordia senior wide receiver Kevin Marzolf caught the two 20-yard touchdown passes from Kragnes. Marzolf, who wears No.6 which is the same number that current Minnesota Viking Brandon Zylstra wore when he played for the Cobbers, now has a career-high three touchdowns on the year. Marzolf finished the day with six catches for 114 yards. It was the first 100-yard receiving game of his career.

LONG DISTANCE DELIVERY: Sophomore Rylie Sheridan has made a habit of breaking off long runs. He has put up a rush of over 40 yards in three of the first four games of the year. He broke off a 53-yard TD run in the second quarter which was his second strike of over 50 yards this year. Sheridan finished the day with 73 rushing yards and now has a team-high 357 yards which is third best in the MIAC.

WELSH WAYS CONTINUE: Senior Noah Welsh continued his career season. He tied for the team lead in tackles with four but also added 1.5 sacks to his MIAC leading sack total. Welsh now has 6.0 sacks on the year which is in the Top 3 of the nation. Welsh also took over the team lead in total tackles this season. He has 22 total tackles this year. That total is five shy of single-season career best of 27 which came in 2016.

TAKE A KNEE: The best play of the day came in the post-game celebration when senior Gunnar Kollman went over to the home stands, got on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend Addy Johnson. Like the Cobber success on the field, Kollman also found success in the proposal department as Johnson said "yes". Kollman also had a sack and two tackles on the day.

UP NEXT: Concordia face a stiff test next week when they host No.3-ranked St. Thomas for the annual Homecoming game on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 1:10 p.m. The Tommies are unbeaten on the year and are coming off a 49-0 win against Wis.-Eau Claire.

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