Halftime at Clemens Stadium where the Johnnies no doubt want to use every minute of the extended 23-minute Homecoming halftime break to adjust after a first half largely dominated by the Cobbers.
After surrendering touchdowns on both of Concordia’s first two possessions, the St. John’s defense did stiffen a bit and the offense began moving the ball.
The Johnnies did cut the gap to 14-7 when Connor Bruns capped a 12-play, 78-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown run with 7:19 left to go in the first half.
But Concordia struck again when Brandon Zylstra made a great catch on a 26-yard touchdown pass from Griffin Neal with 1:09 remaining before halftime.
St. John’s then moved the ball as deep as the Concordia 35 before turning it over on downs at the Cobbers’ 36.
Concordia had 256 yards of offense in the first half. Neal was 7 of 10 passing for 152 yards and two touchdowns with 1 interception (by Darryl Williams). The Cobbers rushed for 104 yards as a team. Fullback Domenic Fraboni carries 7 times for 37 yards. Matt Peterson carried five times for 33 yards.
For the Johnnies, Bruns was 8 of 20 passing for 89 yards in what has been a long afternoon so far.
Sam Sura has 11 carries for 52 yards. St. John’s has just 57 yards rushing as a team. Sura also has three catches for 52 yards. Josh Bungum has 2 catches for 15 yards.
Andrew Rose leads the way defensively with seven tackles.
The school is now promoting its new capital improvement campain, an award presentation is scheduled to follow and then the regular halftime proceedings.
St. John’s has lost its past three Homecoming games. The last time they lost four in a row was 1953-56. The 1956 loss came against … Concordia.