Wed, Oct. 23, 2013 - [Football]
The Loras College football team fell to 1-5 on Saturday with their 27-10 home loss to the Simpson Storm. It was an improved product on the field for the Duhawks in the scoring column and with the eye-ball test, as the hosts scored first and held a lead after the first quarter. They notched a field goal in the second quarter and were within striking distance as the fourth quarter began.
The start for Loras was one of their best of the season. The team went 57 yards over nearly six minutes to get within field goal range, but had their first effort blocked. The defense answered with a 3-and-out for the Storm's first drive, and the Duhawks capitalized with a quick-strike drive to take a lead.
Jon Powers caught his second pass of the day to start the drive and went for 35 yards into Simpson territory. After a handoff to Calvin Smith, quarterback Thomas Rose went back to Powers for a 26-yard touchdown to give Loras a 7-0 lead.
Loras' defense got off the field twice on third down and limited the Storm to less than 30 yards of offense.
The second quarter was much more Simpson's pace, winning the time of possession battle and outgaining the Duhawks while scoring their first two touchdowns. Quarterback Taylor Nelson ran in the first score and he handed to Jordan Beem for the other. The Storm missed the first point-after attempt and Nelson ran in a two-point conversion to make it 14-7. Loras' final possession of the half started with a short punt by Simpson and Loras quickly took to the air, connecting with Powers again. As the team entered the red zone, the visitors were flagged for a pass interference. Loras took three shots at the end zone, including a third down fade to Brendan Oates. The team settled for a 24-yard field goal by Louie Oswald and went to the locker room down 14-10.
The Storm went back to the ground with Beem and Michael Chia to start the third quarter on their first drive. Beem capped off a long drive with a short run to make it 21-10. Meanwhile the Duhawks struggled in the third quarter.
Loras' fourth quarter was better than the third, but the team remained off the scoreboard. The visitors added another Beem touchdown to close out the scoring halfway through the fourth quarter.
Individually, the Duhawk offense was led for the first time for all 60 minutes by Tom Rose. He went 11-for-26 with a touchdown and an interception. He totaled 160 yards, most of which went to his primary target, Powers. He caught six passes for 117 yards and his first Duhawk touchdown. On the ground, Nate Carrier ran for a team high 66 yards on 14 carries. Calvin Smith also took four handoffs for 44 yards. Rose added 11 rushes of his own. Defensively, Calvin Harridge was everywhere, accumulating 14 solo tackles and two assists. Will Tumberger had two tackles for loss – including a 16 yard sack of Nelson. Bryan Hermann ended the first half with a 56-yard interception return that ended out of bounds at the Simpson 26-yard line.
Loras is at Buena Vista (0-6, 0-3) next week.