Football, Sports

Football wins first road game

The Wartburg football team began a three-game road stretch Saturday when they defeated Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis.

The Knights gained 458 yards of offense compared to the Redmen’s 208, leading to a 27-3 victory.

Wartburg took the ball 65 yards in their first possession and Reese Thompson capped it off with a 10-yard touchdown run after receiving the pitch from quarterback Logan Schrader on the option.

Later in the first quarter, Schrader completed a short pass to Brandon Domeyer on 3rd and 20 and Domeyer took it 22 yards for a first down.

That play setup a Frank Loconti field goal from 20 yards out to give Wartburg a 10-0 lead.

The Knight defense gave up almost nothing for most of the game but late in the first, A.J. Simoncelli found Pete Djurickovic downfield for a gain of 44 yards resulting in Carthage entering the redzone.

Wartburg forced a field goal attempt though as Brett Bukari cut the lead to 10-3 from 29 yards.

After both teams were forced to punt, the Knights took over at their own 20 yard line with 6:50 to play in the first half.

18 plays, six minutes and 47 seconds later, Schrader found Curt Hruska in the endzone to give Wartburg a 17-3 halftime advantage.

A big kickoff return to begin the second half gave Carthage possession at the Wartburg 41 yard line.

The defense stood tall once again as Ben Bentil recovered a fumble on third down.

Schrader and company worked their way down the field and Thompson scored his second touchdown of the day, this one from the one yard line, for a 24-3 Wartburg lead.

Quarterback Logan Schrader scrambles away from a Carthage defender in Kenosha, Wis. Saturday.—Shelby Granath/TRUMPET
Quarterback Logan Schrader scrambles away from a Carthage defender in Kenosha, Wis. Saturday.—Shelby Granath/TRUMPET

Loconti missed two field goals in the fourth quarter but hit form 22 yards after Garrett McGrane blocked a punt deep in Redmen territory.

The Knights held on for a 24-point victory despite 10 penalties that cost them 98 yards and many scoring opportunities.

Schrader, the Knight’s freshman quarterback, was 21-of-30 for 209 yards and a touchdown and also ran the ball 12 times for 50 yards.

Donald Miller caught six passes for 76 yards and DJ Looft, Thompson and Hruska each caught four passes for 44, 30 and 24 yards, respectively.

Thompson had his best game of the season, rushing 22 times for 119 yards and two touchdowns.

Jared Wauters led the defense with seven tackles while Spencer Capitani had five.

Joey Naig made three tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks and Chad Crawford, Ross Naylor, Mark Lueschow and Bentil each also had a tackle for loss.

The Knights (2-1) are open this week but continue their road swing next week in their IIAC opener against Simpson (1-1).

The Storm spoiled Wartburg’s homecoming last year with a one point  victory in overtime, costing them a chance to win the conference championship.

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