Coming off a great win over Occidental, the football team rolled into Saturday’s game looking to emulate that success and earn a win over Cal Lutheran but came up short and suffered a 52-17 defeat.
Cal Lutheran was dominant from the get go and put up 21 points before the Leopards were finally able to put up points by way of Alex Miller’s 32-yard field goal near the end of the first half.
“They were just scoring anytime they felt like” senior psychology major Luis Moran said.
The game got off to a quick start and CLU showed La Verne, who played without normal quarterback senior Thomas Arguello and senior wide receiver Cedric Ho, exactly why they are currently ranked No. 18 in the NCAA Division III rankings.
The Kingsmen’s first six points came from two-time All- Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honoree junior wide receiver Eric Rogers.
Rogers caught a pass from senior quarterback Jake Laudenslayer from six yards out on a drive that consisted of 15 plays and 76 yards to put the first points on the board.
Four minutes later and just before the end of the first quarter, Laudenslayer again connected with a receiver to throw a touchdown to Frankie Jones from 29 yards out of the endzone.
Once the second quarter got underway, Cal Lutheran maintained its passing philosophy.
It worked like a charm and worked again when Laudenslayer hit freshman wide receiver Nick Bueno from five-yards out to close a five play drive, which covered 32 yards.
Less than a minute after the Kingsmen went up by three touchdowns, La Verne sophomore quarterback Jose Gary, who threw for a total of 65 yards in the game, threw an interception to senior defensive back Justin Haulcy-Bateman.
Bateman turned the interception into six points when he ran it in for another score to put Cal Lutheran up 28-0.
“I just tried to read the play and anticipate where he was going to go,” Haulcy-Bateman said.
The first half of the game came to an end in exciting fashion as there were two scores in the last minute.
Although outmatched the Leopards maintained a fighting spirit.
La Verne finally put three points on the board from a Miller field goal to bring the score to 28-3.
The high that comes with scoring points was short-lived.
Thirty seconds later Laudenslayer scrambled 15 yards into the endzone to bring the score to 35-3 to close the half.
“Jake (Laudenslayer) and Daniel (Mosier) were on fire in the first half,” said Cal Lutheran senior business major Anthony Rodriguez.
That high-powered offense continued to be the story in the second half.
Star senior running back Daniel Mosier ran for a 76 yard touchdown within the first minute of the second half.
Jones added his second score of the game as Laudenslayer hit him with a pass from 35 yards out.
Following CLU’s sixth touchdown, ULV sophomore quarterback Garry Hedlund linked up with Andres Fernandes for a 30-yard touchdown pass to narrow the score to 49-10 with 13:36 left in the fourth quarter.
CLU scored once more as sophomore placekicker Peter Keks added a 23-yard field goal to the scoreline.
La Verne scored to end the game when Hedlund scrambled into the endzone for a 3-yard run.
Laudenslayer led the Kingsmen with five touchdowns on 10 completions totalling 147 yards for the afternoon.
Hedlund led La Verne with two touchdowns on nine completions for 109 yards.
The loss drops the Leopards to a 1-4 record overall and 1-2 in SCIAC.
La Verne next takes on the Chapman Panthers in the annual Homecoming game at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Ortmayer Stadium.
Chapman is 4-1 overall and riding a three game winning streak.
Kevin Parada can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.