"Key" stays on the boulevard after third annual "Clash"
Sat, Oct. 9, 2010 - [Football]

Ryan Baez and Matt Hillard scored the points. The defense held strong. The offense held the ball for over 10 minutes of the fourth quarter. The Duhawks won the game, 14-6.

In front of over 3,400 football fans, Loras claimed their third win in as many tries at the annual "Key City Clash" on Saturday night.

Skyler Gebhard was the only Spartan to crack the scoring column on a night when the Duhawks defense held the Dubuque team to nearly 100 fewer yards than they had been averaging entering the game. Gebhard converted field goals of 30 and 31 yards on drives that covered 68 and 66 yards. The two longest drives of the night by the visitors simply never reached the end zone.

For the Duhawks, it was a steady dose of Ryan Baez, who carried the ball 21 times for 73 yards and a touchdown. It was also clutch receptions by John Ingersoll to convert two long third downs and draw a key pass interference penalty in the red zone. It was also Zach Myers, who made a total of four tackles on the night - three of which went for sacks of Wyatt Hanus. Nick Lloyd's blocked field goal, 7.5 tackles, and breakup in the end zone on the second to last play of the game didn't hurt either.

Offensively, Baez carried the load on the ground, with Gesing controlling the game with his decisions, netting 25 yards in scrambles and throwing for 78 more yards. Johnny Jackson and Matt Hillard combined for 53 more yards on the ground.

Neither team gave up a big play, and neither truly seized complete control of the game. Loras' longest play of the night was an 18 yard Johnny Jackson run. Dubuque's was a 28 yard pass from Hanus to Lee Jones.

After the Spartans claimed the 3-0 lead, the Duhawks were able to take a 7-3 lead into the halftime break following Nick Lloyd's blocked punt in the waning moments of the second quarter.

Dubuque made it 7-6 on Gebhard's second field goal of the night- where it stood for 20 minutes of game time - until Baez locked things up on the Duhawks' final drive of the night with his 15-yard touchdown. That drive also included three first downs run by Baez to run the clock down as far as the Loras offense could.

Dubuque managed a 46-yard drive as they tried to find the end zone and convert a two-point conversion to tie the game. But Wyatt Hanus' final three pass attempts fell incomplete after being broken up by Lloyd and Kile Beaver.

"It was another total team effort for us this week," head coach Steve Osterberger said after the game.

"Each phase showed up and performed well, but I definitely have to tip my cap to our defense. They were outstanding tonight," added Osterberger.

It was always entertaining. It was hard-hitting. It was historic. And it was a win to remember for the members of the Loras College football team who won the third annual "Key City Clash" 14-6 on Saturday night on Bierie Field in the Rock Bowl.