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|Knox College Seeking First Win at Ripon
|Knox College is back on the road this week trying to avoid dropping three straight games to open the season, and the opponent is a good one.
The Prairie Fire (0-2, 0-1) line it up Saturday afternoon (1:00 p-m) at Ripon (1-1, 1-0). The Red Hawks are coming off a 35-7 victory to open Midwest Conference play against Lake Forest College. Ripon lost its season opener 40-16 against U-W Oskkosh.
Knox held at 17-7 halftime lead at the Knosher Bowl last Saturday against Illinois College. But the Blueboys' passing game, behind Mitch Niekamp's school record six touchdown passes, was too much for the Fire as I-C claimed a 42-24 victory after scoring 21 unanswered points. Niekamp finished the day 18-for-30 for 231 yards.
The Prairie Fire rushed for 292 yards as a team, led by Jonas Mack on 9 carries for 104 yards and Derek Mortensen, who rumbled his way from the fullback position for 92 yards on 13 carries, including two short touchdown runs.
The big play of the game came when Dan Kizior took the kickoff 80 yards for the
score. Defensively the Prairie Fire were led by Joe Garbin (4tackles) and Jordan Raess (1 Interception).
Ripon has won four straight Midwest Conference games dating back to last season. Knox dropped its season opener at Eureka College 28-13.