The Wartburg Knights football team came away with a big 44-20 victory on the road Saturday afternoon in Pella as they took on the Central Dutch.
With the win, the Knights move their record to 5-0 (3-0) and their overall winstreak to six dating back to last year’s Senior Day win over Buena Vista.
One of the biggest keys to their dominance was their success running the ball. As a team, the Knights rushed for 323 yards and four touchdowns, led by sophomore Dylan Binion’s 142 yards. Senior Parker Hammel ran for a new career high with 123 yards and a touchdown, he credited the team’s success to the offensive line.
“The o-line did a tremendous job opening up holes for all of us running backs and gave us great match ups on the defensive backs,” Hammel said.
Quarterback Matt Sacia had another stellar game for the Orange and Black, throwing for 196 yards and a pair of scores. Sacia also added a touchdown on the ground as well.
The junior has now thrown for over 1300 yards and 13 touchdowns compared to only one interception.
Senior receiver Riley Brockway continued to be a huge offensive weapon, posting his third 100 yard game of the season.
Defensively, the Knights got another impact performance from freshman JoJo McNair who picked off his fourth pass of the season, finished with six tackles and even added a 47 yard kick return for good measure.
Next on the schedule for Wartburg are the Loras Duhawks. Hammel said the team will be focused on the little things in practice this week.
The Duhawks will be playing on the road as the Knights will return home for their Homecoming game at Walston-Hoover Stadium. Hammel said the team is looking forward to get to play in front of their home fans again.
“It’s always a blast playing at home in Walston-Hoover. Homecoming brings another level,” Hammel said. “Being able to play in front of all the former Knights really just puts a sense of pride in every rep you’re on the field.”