Sat, Sep. 24, 2011 - [Football]
Simpson 21, Loras 3
On a memorable day for the alumni, fans, and friends of Loras College the Duhawks produced a less-than-memorable result, dropping the 2011 Homecoming game to Simpson College in the Rock Bowl, 21-3.
After taking an early 3-0 lead on a 27-yard Tyler Wilker field goal, the Storm produced 21 straight points to spoil the Rock Bowl party.
The field goal came on the Duhawks' first drive of the game when they started from their own one yard line. Simpson punter Cameron Oviatt's 34 yard punt had the Duhawks in the shadows of the east field goal posts.
The Duhawk marched down to the west end of the Rock Bowl on an 87-yard drive that stalled inside the red zone. The drive took 10:10 to complete. Simpson ran just 13 plays in the first quarter as a result.
The second quarter started nicely, with the Storm forced to punt after just 2:29 of possession, but the Duhawks quickly gave it back with a 3-and-out that included a sack of Vaughn Gesing.
Taylor Nelson and the Storm offense mounted their first scoring drive of the game with plays of 27, 13, and 17 yards. The 17-yard effort was a misdirection play that sent Brad Vogel towards the end zone, giving the Storm a 7-3 lead they wouldn't relinquish.
The Duhawks ran nine more plays before halftime which produced one first down.
After receiving the ball to start the second half, the Duhawks went 3-and-out again, this time giving up an 11-yard sack. An Oviatt punt followed, and then Loras setup the Storm for an easy score when running back Ryan Baez coughed up the football.
Simpson took possession at the Loras 15 yard line. Taylor Rogers brought in a one-handed catch to put the visitors up 14-3.
The next opportunity the Duhawks had to swing the momentum back in their favor came late in the third quarter. Zach Myers forced a fumble on a Michael Chia run, which Aaron Strong quickly fell on. The fumbled occurred as the Storm were on their way into the end zone again, and the turnover appeared to give the Loras team a much needed boost.
That shot of adrenaline quickly turned to disbelief – as Loras' next play – a pass out of the end zone, was intercepted by safety Grant Focht of Simpson College. Focht brought the interception all the way back to the spot of the fumble, the Loras one yard line.
Taylor Nelson's quarterback keeper two plays later ended up going for six points, making the score 21-3.
The Duhawks produced six of their 13 first downs in the fourth quarter, but weren't able to tack on any additional points.
The Storm outgained Loras 317 to 165 on the afternoon.
Individually, Devin Kass was limited to 46 yards on 21 carries. Vaughn Gesing went 10-for-23 with three interceptions and 90 yards. Gavin Kaiser led the receivers with four catches for 35 yards.
Defensively, Zach Myers seemed to be everywhere, logging 13 tackles (10 solo) including four for losses and one sack.
The Duhawks take to the road next week and will be in Decorah to take on Luther College – who was off this week. They are 0-3 overall and 0-1 in the IIAC after dropping their league opener to Central College in Pella.