STILLMAN, Ill. (WTVO/WQRF) — The Rockford Lutheran Crusaders made their season debut Friday night after having to forego last week’s game due to COVID restrictions. The Crusaders kicked off on the road at Stillman Valley.
They took a 6-0 lead into halftime, but Stillman Valley tightened up some things in the second half and used their ball countrol attack to win 15-6.
Mason Engelkens scored on a 9-yard touchdown run and Jacob Sigwards scored on a one-yard touchdown run for the Cardinals in the fourth quarter.
“Our offensive line came out in the second half and played amazing,” said Engelkens, “And I really couldn’t have done it (his touchdown run) without them. They had a great block and I just had an open seam.”
“Obviously we’re a small team so we’ve just got to come out and play physical every single game.:
“We had to simplify things a little bit and just go right at them,” said Stillman Valley head coach Mike Lalor. “The kids did a great job of running, the offensive line played real well.”
Despite the loss Rockford Lutheran coach Tony Ambrogio was pleased with the effort and performance of his Crusaders considering the ten-day layoff they had following COVID-19 protocols.
“I feel good about that. Yea, obviously with the week off it didn’t have a little bit of an effect on us but we’re not into making excuses or anything. We’ve got to get ready for Dixon next week. But yea I’m proud of the guys. I told them that.
Stillman Valley remains undefeated at 2-0, Lutheran falls to 0-1. For highlights click on the media player.