Dutch down Duhawks

The football team didn’t have a lot of luck on the road this weekend with their second American Rivers Conference matchup against the Central College Dutch in Pella, IA. 

Central’s early efforts allowed the Dutch to have a comfortable lead until Loras started to battle back in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, the biggest opponent for Loras at that time was the clock. When the clock hit zero, the final score was 33-52.

In the first quarter, Central struggled to connect with their receivers until there were seven minutes remaining in the quarter. An impressive 58-yard pass from junior quarterback Blaine Hawkins to senior wide receiver Hunter Robinson was enough to put the Dutch on the board. Senior kicker Jon Alberts sent the ball between the posts for the extra point, putting the lead at seven.

But that wouldn’t be the last time Central scored in the first quarter. With four minutes left, almost the exact same play happened again. 

A 58-yard pass completion to Robinson from Hawkins put the Dutch up for a two-possession game by the end of the first quarter. Both plays came off a 70-yard drive, and both drives were extremely efficient with only four plays.

However, Loras’ defense was eager to stop Hawkins’ connections and at the start of the second quarter, they did just that. 

Sophomore linebacker Josh Jones started things off by intercepting one of Hawkins’ passes and returning it for a 43-yard touchdown. Loras’ kicker, junior Nicolas Farfan, was unable to achieve the extra point, leaving Loras with six points. However, Farfan made the rest of kicks for the remainder of the game.

Just over a minute later, Central responded with another 41-yard completion to Robinson from Hawkins. The three out of four touchdown completions of the afternoon between Robinson and Hawkins took place in the first two quarters and were also the first three touchdowns for Central.

The teams rallied back and forth until the clock read six minutes in the second half. With six minutes to go, Central plowed a nine-play 62-yard drive to set up junior running back Joey McIntyre for the seven-yard run-in touchdown. 

Alberts continued to have a perfect game, sending every extra point through the yellow pillars.

However, the Duhawks didn’t stop their efforts, forcing a 55-yard drive to allow junior quarterback Noah Sigwarth to carry the ball one yard for a touchdown. The Duhawks attempted to make-up for their failed extra point by going for two; however, the Dutch’s defense prevented the completion of Sigwarth’s pass.

The Dutch then quickly battled against the clock and were able to squeeze out another touchdown with 19 seconds remaining the first half. Central went on to score two more touchdowns within six minutes of the second half. In response, the offense for Loras began clicking, with a 33-yard pass completion to senior wide receiver Sam Maloney from Sigwarth, setting the score 19-49.

Central’s last score happened in the third quarter with a 39-yard field goal. The fourth quarter was all about Loras, with senior running back Jake Burgmeier finding the end zone off a nine-yard run and senior wide receiver Cory O’Neill bringing in a 24-yard completion from junior quarterback Alec Becker. 

This bumped the score to 33-52. Unfortunately, the momentum died by the sound of the buzzer from the scoreboard.

This upcoming Saturday, Oct. 5, the 1-3 Loras College Duhawks will host 0-4 ARC opponent Luther College for homecoming weekend in the Rock Bowl at 1 p.m.

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Jon is currently a junior who is double-majoring in Media Studies and Public Relations. He is heavily involved at Loras as a campus photographer, residential adviser, and a sports editor for the school newspaper, The Lorian.

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