Warhawks fall silent in third quarter, end season with loss to Aurora


WHITEWATER, Wis. — UW-Whitewater’s postseason ended before it truly had a chance to begin.

The Warhawks came up short on Saturday, falling to Aurora University at Perkins Stadium, 33-28. The loss brings Whitewater’s season to an end in the first round of the NCAA Div. III Championship.

It was a back-and-forth contest, with the Warhawks answering each Spartan touchdown with one of their own, except for one. Aurora found the endzone with just over two-and-a-half minutes left in the second quarter. Whitewater was unable to respond and went into the locker room down by 7.

The offensive struggles continued into the third quarter as the Warhawks failed to score for the entire frame, the only quarter where they were shutout. The Spartans were able to extend their lead by 6, a margin that would prove to be the difference.

Whitewater mounted a spirited comeback in the fourth quarter, scoring 14 points, but Aurora was able to hold them off just enough to survive and advance.

There was no shortage of offense from both teams. Warhawk quarterback Evan Lewandowski completed 21 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns. His counterpart, Josh Swanson, completed 19 passes for 308 yards and 4 touchdowns. Both quarterbacks threw an interception.

Lewandowski also recorded 56 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown while Swanson tallied 30 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. It was a banner day on the ground for Spartan running back Jhequay Chretin, who notched 121 rushing yards on 28 carries.

Saturday’s game marks the third and final loss of the season for Whitewater. They end the season with eight wins and a share of the WIAC Championship.

For Aurora, it’s off to the next round to take on Alma.