Duhawks soar over 0-14 deficit
By Jon Quinn
LINCOLN, NE. – The comeback of the season can be credited to the outstanding Duhawk defense. The Loras College football team traveled to Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, NE this past Saturday. Loras found themselves in a hole after the first quarter. The Prairie Wolves tacked on two early touchdowns putting the score at 0-14 at the end of the first quarter. Loras’ defense then denied the Prairie Wolves from entering the end zone for the rest of the game, giving their offense a chance to move the ball.
Nebraska’s early start was due to the efforts of running back Colby Ensz for a 22-yard run with 10:33 on the clock. This came after a six-play drive of an impressive 69 yards. The Prairie Wolves got more efficient after possessing the ball less than three minutes later. This time totaled a 51-yard drive over four plays. Wide receiver Derrick Curtis topped off the drive with a 14-yard pass from Jonathan Curti.
The Duhawks and Prairie Wolves battled back and forth for the remainder of the first half until a huge momentum shift in favor of the Duhawks that started with their defense. Loras forced a sack on third down, forcing the Prairie Wolves to punt. This would be one of nine punts for Nebraska; however, when Loras got their hands on this possession, they didn’t go back.
Duhawks ran a hurry-up offense, managing eight plays in just over a minute. The drive moved 52 yards and was topped off with junior quarterback Noah Sigwarth looking for a receiver. No one was available, so Sigwarth took off through a hole in the line and managed to squeeze his way in for the touchdown. The score put Loras on the board, 7-14 going into halftime.
To start the third quarter, the Duhawks defense continued to stump Nebraska’s offense, giving Sigwarth and his offense several opportunities for movement and scoring. Halfway through the third quarter, Loras managed a 61-yard drive over the span of 10 plays. These plays included a lot of help from senior running back Jerry McDaniel for being an ultimate tank and refusing to go down when colliding with Nebraska’s defense. Senior wide receiver Jake Burgmeier also contributed several jaw-dropping catches and plays to help third and fourth-down conversions.
Sigwarth would be the one to dog pile his way into the end zone to tie the game up at 14. However, the reign was not over. The Duhawk’s defense added another defensive stop allowing the offense to continue their rampage. The Duhawks worked another 70-yard drive over the span of 7 plays. The very efficient drive was topped off by McDaniel plowing his way through the line of scrimmage and breaking free into the end zone, rallying the score in favor of the Duhawks, 21-14.
The fourth quarter was ‘prove it’ time for Loras’ defense and they held up, holding the Nebraska offense from scoring again. At the end of the game, Loras was greeted with a winning score: 21-14. This Saturday, the team plays at home against Simpson College for another American Rivers Conference match up. Kick-off is at 1 p.m.