Tue, Nov. 5, 2013 - [Football]
The Loras College football team took the field on Saturday in the Rock Bowl for the first time in nearly three years without Paul Mierkiewicz as head football coach, who resigned on Friday ahead of the game against the Central College Dutch. Steve Helminiak, offensive line coach, took the reins on an interim basis for the final three games, including Saturday's loss to the Dutch.
The Duhawks moved the ball well on the game's first drive after receiving the opening kickoff, but the quest for points came to an abrupt end with a sack-fumble. The guests struck quickly with a long pass to take an early lead and continued their early point-scoring binge with two more first-quarter scoring drives. The next was a result of another Loras turnover and the last was an 11-play drive that ended with the third passing touchdown of the day for Central.
Loras held the Dutch to a pair of second quarter field goals before the halftime break.
The Dutch took to the ground in the third quarter and scored twice that way – a short run and a long run. As the third quarter came to a close, Louie Oswald knocked in his season-long 37-yard field goal to get the Duhawks on the board. The Dutch would add a defensive touchdown on a botched punt attempt by Nick Nunley led to a fumble.
Individually, Dylan Jones returned to quarterback with an injury to Thomas Rose against Buena Vista. He went 8-for-17 for 74 yards and one interception. He was sacked five times. Nate Carrier and Calvin Smith each posted long runs and combined to rush for 130 yards. Brendan Oates caught three of Jones' passes for 19 yards.
Defensively, Will Tumberger, Logan Kuehl, and Dave Pirkle each had six tackles. Tumberger had Loras' sack. Grant Meyer had an interception for the Duhawks as well. The Dutch's 348 total yards were the fewest gained by an opponent this season.
"Our guys didn't give up," interim head coach Steve Helminiak said after the game on Newstalk 1490 WDBQ. "We have things to correct, definitely, but I'm most concerned at this point with correcting mistakes, the little things, that keep us from doing what we're trying to do."
"We're going to keep pushing in the right direction."
Next up for the Duhawks is a road game at University of Dubuque in the Key City Clash for local bragging right. Kickoff is 12:00 PM at Chalmers Field. The final home game – Senior Day – is November 16 against Wartburg at 1:00 PM.