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IIAC Roundup: Week 9

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Wartburg has proved week in and week out that it is the Iowa Conference favorite this season.

Saturday, it established itself as the clear frontrunner with a 43-24 win at Buena Vista in a battle of first-place teams.

Now the Knights need just wins against two teams with a combined 1-9 conference record to close out a perfect regular season.

A win next week at Simpson gives Wartburg the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III playoffs.

Standings

Wartburg (5-0 8-0)
Central (4-1, 6-2)
Buena Vista (4-1, 5-3)
Coe (3-2, 4-4)
Dubuque (2-3, 3-5)
Luther (1-4, 4-4)
Loras (1-4, 2-6)
Simpson (0-5, 3-5)

Game Recaps

Central 17, Simpson 0

PELLA, Iowa — Central out-gained Simpson 359-253 and stopped three Storm drives on downs inside the Dutch 15 to preserve a shutout in the conference’s southern rivalry. Aaron Eiseler threw for 249 yards and a touchdown to Sam Markham, who had 116 yards receiving. Simpson has now lost five in a row since a 3-0 start, while Central is riding a four-game winning streak after dropping its conference opener to Wartburg.

Simpson (3-5, 0-5) 0 0 0 0 — 0
Central (6-2, 4-1) 0 7 7 3 — 17

C — Markham 4 pass from Eiseler (Sheldon kick) (13:10 2nd, 0-7)
C — B. Boerm 47 run (Sheldon kick) (13:26 3rd, 0-14)
C — FG Sheldon 34 (3:57 4th, 0-17)

Individual Leaders

Rushing — Simpson: Beem 23-79, Berkey 13-47; Central: Osborn 16-63, B. Boerm 2-49-1

Passing — Simpson: Berkey 10-21-87, Holland 1-1-minus-1; Central: Eiseler 20-32-249-1

Receiving — Simpson: Holland 3-32, Kain 4-29; Central: Markham 9-116-1, Cox 3-46

Tackles — Simpson: Severn 8, Coy 6 (1 TFL); Central: Wachter 16 (1 TFL), Carlson 13

Attendance — 2,000

Coe 35, Luther 14

DECORAH, Iowa — Josh Rekers threw two third-quarter touchdown passes and the Kohawk defense held Luther’s triple option to 103 second-half yards to break free from a 14-all halftime tie. Coe racked up 442 total yards and did not turn the ball over. The Norse, who led twice in the first quarter on the strength of Josh Vos TD runs, had three turnovers. Luther QB JJ Sirios was injured in the first quarter and did not return.

Coe (4-4, 3-2) 7 7 14 7 — 35
Luther (4-4, 1-4) 14 0 0 0 — 14

L — Vos 81 run (Wirth kick) (11:47 1st, 0-7)
C — Rekers 1 run (Abbas kick) (9:04 1st, 7-7)
L — Vos 5 run (Wirth kick) (3:30 1st, 7-14)
C — Lahr 1 run (Abbas kick) (8:51 2nd, 14-14)
C — Lenstra 46 pass from Rekers (Abbas kick) (4:14 3rd, 21-14)
C — Heitland 10 pass from Rekers (Abbas kick) (0:04 3rd, 28-14)
C — Ferring 4 run (Abbas kick) (4:01 4th, 35-14)

Individual Leaders

Rushing — Coe: Lahr 17-70-1, Storla 8-45; Luther: Vos 14-128-2, Stroup 18-77

Passing — Coe: Rekers 21-30-271-2, Glenn 2-2-25; Luther: Smallwood 2-4-12, Stroup 1-2-8

Receiving — Coe: Heitland 6-59-1, Lenstra 2-57-1; Luther: Liveringh 1-10, Bradley 1-8

Tackles — Coe: Berendes 16, Schmitz 10; Luther: Elton 15 (0.5 TFL), Hill 11

Attendance — Not Reported

Dubuque 34, Loras 7

DUBUQUE, Iowa — Dubuque scored 17 points off four Loras turnovers and won the Key City Clash for a fourth consecutive year. The Spartans scored 20 unanswered second half points after the Duhawks got within a touchdown at the break. Zach Fry threw for 356 yards and was 30-of-43. Counterpart Robert Kelly had 315 yards through the air, 232 to Nate Even, for the Duhawks, but was just 19-of-53. UD has outscored Loras 135-7 in the last three seasons combined.

Dubuque (3-5, 2-3) 7 7 10 10 — 34
Loras (2-6, 1-4) 0 7 0 0 — 7

D — Bagley 8 pass from Fry (Prull kick) (8:51 1st, 7-0)
D — Best 25 pass from Fry (Prull kick) (14:53 2nd, 14-0)
L — Smith 1 run (Quigley kick) (13:00 2nd, 14-7)
D — FG Prull 22 (12:20 3rd, 17-7)
D — Arvanitakis 2 run (Prull kick) (6:56 3rd, 24-7)
D — Vance-Jenkins 2 run (Prull kick) (13:25 4th, 31-7)
D — FG Prull 31 (10:50 4th, 34-7)

Individual Leaders

Rushing — Dubuque: Arvanitakis 23-72-1, Vance-Jenkins 5-68-1; Loras: Smith 14-54-1, Carrier 10-41

Passing — Dubuque: Fry 30-43-356-2, Hoeske 0-4; Loras: Kelly 19-53-315

Receiving — Dubuque: Rutenbeck 14-175, Bagley 7-64; Loras: Even 11-232, Drwal 2-45

Tackles — Dubuque: Stauner 10 (1 TFL), Myles 8; Loras: Young 13 (1 TFL), Harridge 10

Attendance — 3,302

No. 5 Wartburg 43, Buena Vista 24

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