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Knights remain unbeaten in UMAC as they crush Morris

NEW ULM — Ethan Aguilar threw for 225 yards and three touchdowns and also had a rushing touchdown as Martin Luther College remained unbeaten in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference, shutting out University of Minnesota-Morris 49-0 at MLC.

The win improved MLC’s record to 7-1 overall and 6-0 in the UMAC. The Knights are at MacMurray on Saturday and a win would potentially seal a second straight UMAC title and an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.

MLC rushed for 336 yards and Austin DeNoyer led the way with 85 yards on the ground. He also scored a 4-yard touchdown on a reverse pitch that gave the Knights a 35-0 lead just before halftime.

The Knights had plenty of big plays all game on the offensive side of the ball and they finished with 565 yards of total offense. The defense, meanwhile, was just as impressive as it held the Cougars to just 57 yards of total offense. Morris had only 10 rushing yards in the game on 20 attempts and MLC picked off Morris quarterback Drew Shipley twice in the game.

Joshua Kren had another big game both running and receiving. The junior had two receptions for 103 yards and a 49-yard TD reception that gave the Knights their first touchdown with 10:08 left in the first quarter. He also had 25 yards rushing and a rushing TD.

Elliott Butler finished with 75 yards rushing on six carries and Micah Otto had a 59-yard TD run on his only carry of the game. Benjamin Hodel caught two passes, both for touchdowns, and he finished with 47 yards receiving.

MLC led 7-0 after the first quarter, but the offense took off in the second quarter as the Knights scored four times to take a 35-0 lead at halftime.

Aguilar’s 8-yard run and Otto’s 59-yard run were the final scores of the game for the Knights.

Defensively, seniors CJ Fury and Jonah Schlomer had six tackles apiece. Ben Arndt and Aiden Holien each recorded one interception, while Ben Riegsecker, Tristan Pankow and Keith Brassow each had one sack.

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