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Concordia-Chicago beats Finlandia, 26-2

HANCOCK — The Finlandia University football team (0-2) never stopped hustling in a 26-2 loss to Concordia-Chicago on Saturday at McAfee Field.

Finlandia (0-2) and Concordia-Chicago battled on even terms throughout the whole first quarter. On the third drive of the game for the Lions, freshman Fernando Monroe got the crowd going with an 18-yard run.

The Cougars (2-0) got in the endzone first with 2:19 left in the opening quarter. Concordia-Chicago scored twice to take a 20-0 lead with 3:20 to go in the first half. Freshman Carter Crouch nailed a 47-yard punt that FinnU was able to stop at the one-yard line.

Finlandia’s defense allowed the Cougars to get only to the 3-yard line, forcing them to punt. Junior Dave Carlson broke through and blocked the punt. It went out of bounds giving Finlandia a safety.

Offensively, Monroe ran for 51 yards and threw for 113 yards for 164 yards in total offense. The Lions averaged 23.40 yards a kickoff return.

Defensively, Finlandia allowed only 90 yards on the ground, the second straight game under 100 yards.

Carlson had 10 tackles and junior McEwen Stapleton had eight tackles.

Finlandia is off until hosting Adrian at noon on Saturday, Sept. 25.

Concordia-Chicago 7 13 6 0 — 26

Finlandia 0 2 0 0 — 2

First Quarter

CC — McKinney 39 pass from Sepulveda (Ryan kick), 2:19.

Second Quarter

CC — McKinney 59 pass from Sepulveda (Ryan kick failed), 12:15

CC — Sepulveda 1 run (Ryan kick), 3:20

FU — Carlson safety, :14

Third Quarter

CC — Covington 17 pass from Sepulveda (Ryan kick failed), :44.

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