Duhawks of young and old gathered this weekend for Homecoming festivities, including the football game against Buena Vista University. The Duhawks came out strong with a touchdown to take the lead – sophomore Nolan Baumhover connected with sophomore Brad Boelkow for the touchdown. The Duhawks and the Beavers exchanged a few stops the rest of the first quarter.
Shortly into the second quarter, the Beavers came in with a field goal kick. They managed to stop the Duhawks again, and then with just over two minutes remaining in the half, they kicked another field goal. Loras answered back with a last-minute drive that was cut short and settled for a field goal to end the first half. Entering halftime the Duhawks lead 10-6.
The Beavers came out ready to play the second half with a vengeance that the Duhawks know all too well. Buena Vista scored a touchdown to take the lead from the Duhawks, 13-10. Loras scored to answer back to the Beavers and take back the lead. Unfortunately, a situation similar to what the Duhawks experienced last week ensued. The team let up 21 unanswered points late into the third quarter and early fourth quarter.
The Duhawks kept on pushing down the field, but continued to come up short and not get it in the end zone. On the plus side, the Duhawks only had one turnover the entire game. This is a record low for them this season so far. The Duhawks came back late in the fourth quarter for one last chance to score, and managed to do so with 1:31 left in the game. Unable to recover the onside kick, the Duhawks suffered their fifth loss of the season, bringing them to a record of 0-5.
Despite this loss, the hopes of the players are still high.
“Right now we’re 0-5 and no one thinks we’ll win at this point, other teams and even people in our own stands,” said senior captain Zach Minch. “We hold ourselves to a higher standard than this, and we will continue to do so. There won’t be any quit in us, regardless of what happens throughout the rest of the season.”
Minch talked about the team having pride in themselves and showing it to the other teams. Senior captain Mark Tilkes also talked about the fight they bring to the gridiron.
“Every guy on this team is a fighter,” Tilkes said. “We never give up no matter the situation. We are going to continue to push ourselves to be better, and our mindset is that we will fight back from this. One practice at a time, one play at a time, one game at a time.”
Tilkes noted fellow teammate, sophomore Alex Wernimont, who has stepped up to the plate and taken on new game changing roles. Tilkes gave credit where credit was due and recognized the members who have stepped up from the depth charts to answer the call.
“I think our team’s strength at this point in the season is the amount of depth we have at every position. There have been some guys who will do anything you ask them to do, and many young guys have stepped up and have had some big games. Alex Wernimont is a perfect example. Kid plays on every special team and defense and goes as hard as he can every snap,” Tilkes said.
The Duhawks take on the Wartburg Knights this Saturday at 1 p.m. in Waverly, Iowa. Then they get some rest time with their bye week following the Wartburg game.