Mon, Oct. 29, 2012 - [Football]
A 17-point second quarter for the host Central College Dutch was enough to put them in the win column on Saturday as the Loras College football team fell to 2-6.
The teams traded a pair of first quarter field goals as each offered up a couple of punts and the Dutch coughed the ball up on a sack/fumble from Will Tumberger. Logan Kuehl picked up the loose ball and had the Duhawk offense starting at Central's 40 yard line.
Five plays later, Tyler Wilker tied the game at 3-3 with his 36-yard field goal.
Central took their second and final lead of the game on a second quarter field to go up 6-3 after a long drive. Loras' miscues then set up the next two Central scores.
With five minutes to go in the first half Central blocked a Loras punt and recovered at the Duhawks' 26 yard line. Five plays later a third down run was into the end zone for six points.
The ensuing kickoff provided Loras' best return of the day as Grant Meyer took the ball all the way to the Central 43 yard line. Nate Carrier's first down run of 32 yards had the Duhawks in the red zone and looking to answer. A short 3rd-and-6 pass from Dylan Jones to the goal line was intercepted and returned 88 yards into the Loras red zone with 1:21 to go in the second quarter. Three plays later it was 20-3 on a 9-yard touchdown pass by Central.
In the second half, the Dutch were limited to just one touchdown as the Loras defense forced four straight punts in the third quarter. A fourth quarter touchdown by the hosts was the result of another short field for the Dutch offense to work with.
Loras scored their touchdown in the fourth quarter when Nate Carrier and Joe Walker took turns guiding the offense down the field. Walker would catch a Dylan Jones touchdown pass from 11 yards out to make it 27-10.
Loras returns to the Rock Bowl this Saturday for the Key City Clash against the University of Dubuque (3-5, 2-3). Kickoff is 1:00 PM. Proceeds from the game this season will be donated to a local charitable community organization once again in 2012. This year's recipient will be announced early this week.