Sun, Oct. 11, 2009 - [Football]
Bright Lights, One-Sided Fight
Duhawks win 43-14 over Spartans
The Loras College football team dominated the University of Dubuque on Saturday night in the Duhawk's first night game in program history. Down the street at Chalmers Field, Loras turned a 16-0 halftime lead into a 43-0 lead before two late touchdowns by the Spartans, resulting in the final score of 43-14.
Loras overcame two turnovers in the red zone on their way to scores in the first half and still posted 40+ points for the second time this year. The Spartans offense, which had been averaging over 400 yards per game, was held to just 192 yards before Dubuque's final two drives against Loras reserves. Loras outgained Dubuque 349-311 for the night, holding the hosts well below their average.
Once the turnovers were in the rear view mirror, Loras could do no wrong the rest of the way. Brandon Decker returned to the running game to average 4.1 yards per carry, Vaughn Gesing was crisp and accurate in his 21-for-31, 299-yard, season-high 3 touchdown performance, and John Ingersoll led the way for the receivers, hauling in 11 passes for 138 yards and two scores. Walt Labuz wasn't far behind with his 99 yards, 45 of which came on a single fourth quarter touchdown catch. Juan Gonzales was steady in the punting game (only one yard in punt returns against the Duhawks) and Taylor Buhmeyer posted one of the best games of his career with three made field goals (22, 32, and 39 yards) and 4-of-5 extra points made for 13 of Loras' points.
Things didn't slow down in the defensive side of the ball either. Eric Meyer was everywhere for Loras, making 12 tackles total (one and a half on special teams), forced two fumbles, recovered one, blocked a punt, and broke up a pass deep in coverage. Zach Myers earned Loras a sack nine yards behind the line of scrimmage against Spartans starter Colton Hansen. Nick Lloyd recovered a fumble on defense, Decker recovered a muffed punt by leading Spartans receiver Mike Zweifel, and Kile Beaver broke up an astonishing five passes by himself.
The Duhawks had possession of the ball for over nine minutes in both the first and third quarters and ended with a six minute advantage in total time of possession. Gesing averaged 14.2 yards per completion after missing last week's game against Buena Vista. Loras only punted three times, a season low, and were in the red zone eight times on offense.
Loras won their second consecutive game in the series, which has been dubbed the Rivalry by the River and the Key City Clash in each of the last two seasons. Gate receipts for the last two years have also gone to local charities. A year ago, the United Way was the charity of choice by the two schools and this season, the Big Brothers/Big Sisters will be the recipient of the money generated.
In addition to the charitable contributions and the move to night games, the teams will play for the rights to a traveling trophy. The Key to the City of Dubuque will be housed at Loras College for 2009-10 after consecutive wins in the series. Loras has won 27 of 34 games dating back to 1909.
Loras enters their bye week 2-2 in Iowa Conference play and 2-4 overall. The Duhawks will host #8 Central on Saturday, October 24 at 1:00 PM in the Rock Bowl.