BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — On a beautiful fall Homecoming & Family Weekend at
Olivet Nazarene University, Head Coach Brian Fish and the football team witnessed an awesome display of
running the ball. Junior Michael Ho-Lewis (Boise, Idaho) accounted for nearly
75 percent of all yards in the Tigers 34-19 win over Waldorf College (Iowa).
Ho-Lewis rushed 46 times for 253 yards and four touchdowns. He
averaged 5.5 yards per carry and only went for a long run of 25 yards, losing
yardage on only one rush. He broke the school record for carries (43), tied the
record for rushing touchdowns, and was only 17 yards shy of breaking the record
for yards in a game. He tied his career-high in touchdowns, and set a
career-high in carries and yards with 24 points scored in the game. He currently leads the team in scoring (60) and in touchdowns (10).
Turnovers were a very instrumental part of the game
as Waldorf (1-9, 0-5) threw a pick in their first possession. Brandon Ruemler (Williamsport, Ind.)
returned it 31 yards, setting up a 36-yard drive and the first of Ho-Lewis’s
touchdowns from one yard out. The Tigers (3-7, 1-4) didn’t waste any time
scoring a second time, stopping the Warriors on their next drive. Three plays
later, Ho-Lewis ran it in from one yard.
Waldorf struggled all day punting the ball, especially because
the wind was stiff from the west all day. Brennan Stack averaged only 16.5
yards in four kicks. On the Tigers final drive of the first quarter, Ho-Lewis
broke a 25-yard run to put the home team up 21-0. The Tigers went 73 yards in
4:10, spanning seven plays.
The second quarter started in Waldorf’s favor as they
finally started to drive the ball with a change in quarterback. Sam Fisk
completed three passes and eventually ran it in from seven yards. The next two
possessions ended in interceptions. Ryan
Sample (Manteno, Ill.) was picked off by Darion Neal, and he ran it back 40
yards. Nine plays later, Fisk was picked off by Mark Kosrow (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) in his own end zone. With 5:51
remaining, the Tigers started their final drive of the half against the wind. They went 17 plays and 61 yards. Andrew Muzljakovich (Vicksburg, Mich.) made a
36-yarder to put ONU up 24-7.
Not until the Warriors' second possession of the third
quarter did the second half see any points. Sam Fisk drove Waldorf 11 plays, eventually finding Moncrief for a two-yard touchdown reception. The extra point
was blocked by Ron France (St. Charles,
Ill.). In the fourth quarter, the
Tigers continued to keep a two touchdown lead over Waldorf as Muzljakovich made
a 41-yard kick with 12:01 remaining. It was his eighth field goal between 40
and 49 yards.
A possession later, the Tigers were able to score one final
time. Over 6:40, they went 10 plays and 48 yards, and Ho-Lewis ran it in from two
yards. The Tigers ran the ball every play in the drive. Waldorf scored on their
final possession when Moncrief ran it in from one yard to make it 34-19, and the
two-point conversion failed.
For the Tigers' offense, freshman quarterback Ryan Sample went
6-for-15 for 60 yards and two interceptions. Zach Gross (Elgin, Ill.) finished with 25 yards on five carries. He
also had two kick returns for 43 yards.
ONU’s defense allowed only 288 total yards and 15 first
downs. They allowed 32 rushing yards and 256 through the air. They finished
with three tackles for loss (15 yards), one sack for 11 yards, and had three
interceptions for 53 yards. Junior John Litrenta led the Tigers with seven
tackles and had an interception for two yards. Junior Brandon Ruemler had six
tackles and an interception for 31 yards. Freshman Derrick Hosselton (Manteno, Ill.) had four
tackles, one sack and two tackles for loss (14 yards). Senior Mark Kosrow (Elk
Grove Village, Ill.) had an interception for 20 yards.
In addition, kicker/punter Andrew Muzljakovich continues to
rewrite the record books. With 10 points on Saturday, he is now fifth all-time
in scoring (197). He is now only one point shy of fourth (Billy Lawrence
(2003-06, 197). He scored 10 points on Saturday with two fields and four PATs.
During his career, he is 41-of-64 (64.0%) and has made 74 PATs.
Warriors' quarterback Sam Fish was 15 for 20 for 251 yards and
one touchdown, rushing for 13 yards on three carries and scoring another on the ground.
Emmanuel Osuchukwu rushed 16 times for 39 yards. James Loydd caught nine balls
for 150 yards.
The Tigers will be back on the field at 1:30 p.m. on
Saturday, Nov. 16, at home against No. 23 St. Xavier University (Ill.) for Senior Day.