Duhawks wrap up 2011 season with loss to Buena Vista
Sat, Nov. 12, 2011 - [Football]

By Jack Metz for the Sports Information Office


Buena Vista 28, Loras 0


The Loras football team traveled to Storm Lake, Iowa to take on the Buena Vista University Beavers in the final game of the season, losing 28-0 with an injury-depleted roster making the trip across the state.


The loss ends a tough season for the Duhawks and their first under Coach Paul Mierkiewicz, finishing with a 1-9 record overall and winless in the Iowa Conference.


All the scoring in Saturday's game happened prior to the halftime horn with Buena Vista (2-8, 2-6 IIAC) scoring seven points in the first, followed by 21 in the second quarter.


Buena Vista wasted no time receiving the ball to start the game and driving down the field 77 yards over 12 plays to take the early 7-0 lead on a 5-yard run by running back John Hill.


Loras' first drive would result in a punt after a rush by Devin Kass and two more by Sean Brennan.  


Duhawk senior Eric Meyer came up big on the Beavers second drive, intercepting Bo Darrow's pass at the Loras 4-yard line. Loras was not able to benefit from the turnover with a mix of rushing from Kass and two passes from Brennan, managing 14 yards.


Buena Vista took advantage of all its possessions in the second quarter converting all three of its drives.


Beavers quarterback Bo Darrow threw second quarter touchdown passes of 10 yards to receiver Larry Marcel and 33 yards to Logan Lehrkamp, respectively, to make it 21-0 before Hill added the second of his two touchdowns on the day, a 14-yard scamper to close out the Beaver scoring at 28-0.


Loras' best chances came in the second half when Brennan and the Duhawks moved down field thanks to two costly penalties by the Beavers, eventually giving Loras the ball at the Buena Vista 8-yard line. But it ended in a Brennan pass being intercepted on the 4-yard line.


Loras quickly forced the Beavers into a 3-and-out and came up with its second best chance of the quarter when Kass had two rushes of four and 16 yards along with a Brennan pass to receiver Bryce Ewan for 8 yards. The drive came to a halt when Devin Kass fumbled at the Beaver 15-yard line.


Loras was held to 152 yards of total offense; contributions came from Kass, who netted 40 yards on 13 attempts, and Brennan, who completed eight of his 19 passes for 105 yards.


On the other side of the ball the Loras defense allowed 428 yards to the Beaver offense, 149 of those yards coming from running back John Hill.


Junior Brandon Ronan led the team with 13 total tackles, followed by Zach Myers with 12, while junior Mike Canevello and senior Eric Meyer each had one interception on Darrow.


For Loras the game completes the careers for eight seniors who were all recognized last week against Wartburg College during Senior Day -- linebacker David Zoeckler, defensive back Eric Meyer, receiver Gavin Kaiser, quarterback Vaughn Gesing, linebacker Zach Myers, tight end Andy Brown, defensive lineman Frank Pereiro, and team manager Kevin Zack. Gesing, Kaiser, and Pereiro were among the injured Duhawks who missed the final game of 2011.