#20 Saints End Regular Season Against #15 Concordia

Photo Courtesy of Laura Harvey
Photo Courtesy of Laura Harvey

ADRIAN, Mich. -- The Siena Heights football team ended the regular season with a 21-10 defeat at home game against #15 Concordia (Mich.). D'aries Davis finished with 193 yards rushing yards and a touchdown in the losing effort.

THE BASICS

Final Score: Concordia 21, SHU 10

Location: Adrian, Michigan (O'Laughlin Stadium)

Records: Concordia (9-2, 5-1 MSFA), SHU (7-3, 3-3 MSFA)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Concordia broke the tie in the first quarter with a one-yard touchdown run by Joe Conner that capped a nine play, 66-yard drive with 11:08 remaining in the opening quarter.

Siena would tie the game at the 11:42 mark of the second quarter with a 40-yard touchdown run by Davis that finished a nine-play, 78-yard drive. The teams would take a 7-7 tie into the locker room for the half.

The Saints would settle for a 36-yard field goal after not being able to capitalize on a 49-yard reception by Adam Glanders. Tanguay's field goal gave SHU its first lead of the game, 10-7.

On the next drive, Conner would answer with a 71-yard touchdown sprint that retook the lead for the Cardinals, 14-10 with 33 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

After forcing the Saints to punt, Conner struck again with a third rushing touchdown, this time from 20-yards out that would seal the victory for Concordia.

The Cardinals ran 80 plays compared to the Saints 49 for the game. SHU outpaced Concordia by averaging 7.3 yards-per-play; the Cardinals averaged 5.1.

TOP SAINTS

Offense

• Davis's 193 rushing yards put his season total at 1,093 for the season. Davis finishes his career as the Saints all-time leading rusher with 2729 career-rushing yards.

Tyler Knecht finished 7-18 passing for 141 yards in the game.

• Glanders tallied four catches for 78 yards.

Deontae' Rush had one catch for 42 yards in the game.

Defense

Nick Stalworth led the Saints defense with 15 tackles on the day.

• Griffin Sobol contributed 14 tackles, two for loss.

Izayah Newsom had seven tackles and blocked a field goal.

Special Teams

• Tanguay finished 1/2 in field goals with a long of 36 yards.

Caleb Meister punted five times for 157 yards while pinning two inside the 20.

THE OPPOSITION

Offense

• Conner finished with 36 carries for 267 yards. He scored all three Cardinal touchdowns in the game.

• Roger Engle was 11-23 passing for 86 yards.

• Donte Desalle led the receivers with five catches for 39 yards.

Defense

• Reggie Thompson, Alex Hinojosa, and Jay Koski each led the team with six tackles.

• Andrew O'Hara picked of Knecht twice in the game.

Special Teams

• Ross O'Brien's only field goal attempt was blocked by Newsom.

• O'Hara punted four times for 128 yards and pinned one inside the 20.

SEASON WRAP-UP

Siena made history this season with the first seven-win campaign in program history. The team also had its first 5-0 start as a program this year and it was the first time the team began a season with two road games. The Saints finished as high as 20 in the NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 poll this season.