Duhawks back in the win column
Photo Courtesy: Todd Smith
Photo Courtesy: Todd Smith
Mon, Sep. 10, 2012 - [Football]

Loras, 28
Rockford, 14


The Loras College football team is back in that win column after the 28-14 win over the Rockford College Regents on Saturday. It came after a lot of hard-hitting practices. It came after looking at last week's tape and knowing what this team was capable of doing. 


"We did some good things," head coach Paul Mierkiewicz said Saturday night.


Mierkiewicz separated last year's team from this one when speaking to the Telegraph Herald on Saturday night.


"Any time you are on a losing streak, it is important to get a win and build some confidence. But those nine losses didn't belong to this year's team. The most important thing was improving."


Loras led 7-0 after one quarter and 14-0 after two on their way to the win column.


Nate Carrier was the most recognizable of the Duhawks on Saturday, posting 207 yards on the ground on 24 carries to lead the offense. He reached pay-dirt twice and took over the team lead in points scored. Carrier averaged 8.6 yards per carry for the day.


Joe Walker added a touchdown on the ground on Saturday, taking a 30-yard run into the end zone from an unconventional formation by the Duhawks' offense. It was Walker's first touchdown in a Loras uniform.


Loras' second touchdown of the day was the first through the air of 2012.


Dylan Jones capped an eight play drive with a short pass to Kyle Bergquist in the flat. The Duhawks' "2-minute offense" moved the ball 56 yards in 1:14 to make the score 14-0 at the half. Bergquist caught his pass with eight seconds to go in the second quarter. He caught two other passes on the day, totaling 16 yards.


Jones finished 9-for-21 for 93 yards with one touchdown and one interception. His long pass of the day was a 28-yarder to tight end Kyle Killian.  


Defensively, the Duhawks spent quite a bit of time in the Regents' backfield, forcing one fumble, logging four sacks and 10 tackles for loss. There were also four ‘hurries' logged on the day, three of which were credited to Jasper Henderson.


Sacks of quarterbacks Jacob Gorsuch and Aabed Nekrawesh came from Patrick Wiedow-Hagene, Mike Wuertzer, Aaron Strong, and Carson Smith. Brandon Ronan led the team with six solo tackles, including one for a six yard loss.


The Duhawks were 3-for-3 in trips to the red zone. They posted 373 yards on offense and 21 first downs.


Rockford found the end zone on a pair of passes in the fourth quarter from Nekrawesh to close the 28-0 gap the Duhawks had built.


Next up for the Duhawks is a night game in Rock Island, Illinois against the Augustana Vikings. The Vikings are 0-2 after road losses to a pair of Iowa Conference schools – Dubuque and Central – in the first two weeks. This is the third meeting between the two schools. Loras won the two-year home-and-home series in 1992 and 1993.