The University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point football team fell short of a victory on Saturday when they traveled to UW-Whitewater to battle the Warhawks, going down 31-16.
It didn’t take long for Whitewater to get on the board, scoring in under 2 minutes on a 47-yard touchdown run by senior running back Levell Coppage. Coppage broke the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference career rushing record after just four carries in the game. He also leads the WIAC in rushing this season.
Point followed suit with a few long passes from sophomore quarterback Mitch Beau, leading to a one-yard touchdown run by freshman running back Ben Wetzel. The extra point by senior place kicker Jered Fohrman was off target, keeping the Warhawks in the lead 7-6.
Coppage continued to display his rushing abilities as he scored on the second drive from six yards out. The 14-6 lead was quickly challenged on the next drive for Point when Fohrman drilled a 42-yard field goal, taking the score to 14-9.
Whitewater answered with a 57-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Matt Blanchard to junior wide receiver Tyler Huber, increasing the Warhawk lead to 21-9.
The second quarter brought much less scoring but Point did make it on the board early on a pass from Beau to junior wide receiver Theo Maglio, making it a 21-16 game.
Maglio, who began the season as a defensive back but switched to wide receiver three weeks ago, has made his presence felt. In the two games prior, Maglio posted seven catches for 158 yards and two touchdowns. He was named the WIAC Offensive Player of the Week last week.
Point went into halftime just five points down and looking to ruin the Warhawks’ homecoming the same way they did in 2008, which was the last time Whitewater lost a regular season game. But the Warhawks had their own idea in mind.
Whitewater sophomore kicker Eric Kindler posted the only points in the third quarter when he connected on a 23-yard field goal with under 8 minutes left. The final score of the game came on another long touchdown run by Coppage, sealing the 31-16 victory.
Point, now 2-3 in WIAC play and 4-4 overall, will face the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Saturday in their final home game. Kickoff for Senior/ Parents Day is 1:00 p.m. at Goerke Field.