The Wartburg football team defeated the Washington-St. Louis Bears 30-20 Saturday afternoon inside Walston-Hoover Stadium.
The Knights opened scoring on the opening drive of the game on a 1 yard rush by Connor Schrader with 8:40 in the first. Early on in the second, Schrader again punched it in from one-yard out.
With less than 2 minutes to go, Matt Sacia ran it in from six yards out on a read option play to put the Knights up 21-0.
Then, Washington marched straight down the field, and Seth Cutter punched it in from a yard out to make it 21-7 Knights going into halftime.
Washington kicked two field goals while Wartburg kicked one in the third quarter.
At the beginning of the fourth quarter, JoJo McNair had an 80 yard pick-six to put the Knights up 30-13 after a blocked PAT attempt.
A 73 yard pass from Johnny Davidson to Alex Fehlinger brought the score to 30-20, but that was the closest the Bears would get.
McNair had another breakout game at the beginning of his career, adding a team leading 14 tackles to his interception.
“It’s very exciting. I just come out here and try to help the team win, and just do what I’m supposed to do, what coach tells me to do,” McNair said.
McNair left the game in the fourth quarter with cramps, but later returned shortly before the big interception.
Dillon Binion led the Knights’ rushing attack, carrying the ball 18 times for 70 yards. Matt Sacia was 20-31 through the air for 217 yards. Seven different receivers caught passes. Riley Brockway led the way with eight catches for 93 yards.
Wartburg improves to 3-0 on the season, with the defending IIAC champion, Coe Kohawks coming to town next week.
“Coe ain’t got nothing on us, we’re going to win this conference title,” McNair said.
Kickoff is 1:00 Saturday afternoon in Walston-Hoover Stadium.