Football season begins with a W
The football team kicked off its season on the road to Elmhurst, IL, on Sept. 2, which resulted in a dominating 41-9 victory.
With last year’s fourth-quarter implosion against Elmhurst still a bit of a sore spot for Loras football, senior Ike Cloward stepped up by racking up 86 yards on the ground and finding the end zone three times. It was a solid game all around, as the offense was efficient and the defense forced four turnovers.
Coming into the home opener with a win already under their belts, the Duhawks took on the Aurora Spartans in the Rock Bowl this past Saturday, Sept. 9.
After a tough loss to the Spartans in 2016, Loras looked to bounce back. Senior Josh Schulte grabbed a pass from first-year Noah Sigwarth for a 40-yard touchdown to make the score 17-10 just before halftime. A field goal from Mason Quigley brought the Duhawks within four points at the break.
Following halftime, the Spartans scored a couple more times to push their lead to 31-13. Loras needed a big play, and junior Walter Ollie gave them just that by taking a kickoff 95 yards back the other way for a touchdown. With the help of a stifling defense and another touchdown from Cloward, the Duhawks made it a five-point game going into the final quarter of play. While the defense posted a shutout in the fourth quarter, the offense failed to score, and Loras’ record fell to 1-1 on the season with a 31-26 loss.
This Saturday, Sept. 16, the football team will start conference play against their city rivals, the University of Dubuque Spartans, in the Key City Classic. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.