As the football team continued it back-and-forth season when it traveled to Pella to take on perennial powerhouse Central. The Duhawks were overpowered during their bid to go over .500, as Central took the Duhawks down, 65-24.
The Duhawks had a difficult start, not scoring for the duration of the first quarter. The Dutch used Loras’ sluggish start to take a 21-0 lead.
In the second quarter, the Duhawks’ offense started clicking again behind senior quarterback Bob Kelly, scoring two touchdowns and a field goal. However, the defense was unable to slow the Dutch, who scored another 27 points to take a 48-17 lead into halftime.
In the third quarter, Central scored another 17 points. The Loras defense struggled until the final quarter of play, when it held the Dutch to 27 yards of total offense. However, for the game, the Central offense gained a whopping total of 666 yards.
“You can’t win a game when you allow over 650 yards of offense,” said Head Coach Steve Helminiak. “Our offense and defense worked together last week to pull out a win, but there was no way the offense could make up for the defensive performance.”
The day was not a complete loss for the Duhawks, however. Senior Josh Schulte had an outstanding performance, with 164 receiving yards on 11 receptions, and he also had three touchdown catches. He came 9 yards short of a career high in receiving yards while tying his best touchdown performance.
And with his performance at Central, Kelly has come within 115 yards of the school record for most passing yards in a season.
Meanwhile, senior Mason Quigley kicked another field goal to tie the school record for most field goals in a season.
Also, senior Mikey Castoro tied a Loras record with seven returns in one game. Unfortunately, Walter Ollie, who has been electric as a return man throughout the season, was limited to one kickoff return.
“It doesn’t matter about individual performances,” Schulte said. “If the team doesn’t get the win, it kind of clouds that out.”
Up next for the Duhawks, after a bye week, is their season finale at home against Luther. With a win, the Duhawks would finish the season with a 5-5 record. The Nov. 11 kickoff at the Rock Bowl is set for 1 p.m.