IWC football claims first victory of the season
JACKSONVILLE, Ill. — The Iowa Wesleyan College football team scored in every quarter on its way to its first win of the season on Saturday against MacMurray College, 41-14.
The win moves the Tigers to 1-3 on the year and 1-2 in UMAC play. MacMurray falls to 0-4 overall and 0-3 in the UMAC.
IWC quarterback Zandro Diaz was 17-for-20 passing for 211 yards and a pair of touchdowns, helping the Tigers’ offense to 401 net yards on the day. MacMurray had 277 yards.
Receiver Ridge Hobbs, a New London alum, had a team-high seven catches for a team-high 116 yards receiving and caught both touchdown passes.
Trey Todd led the Tigers on the ground with a team-high 143 net rushing yards on 30 attempts (4.8 yards per carry) and a touchdown.
The Tiger defense had three interceptions and gained 77 return yards in the game.
IWC got on the board less than three minutes into the game as Montell Scott picked off a MacMurray pass and returned it 49 yards for a touchdown.
Brandon Baker’s kick was good, and the Tigers went up 7-0.
MacMurray tied the score at the end of the quarter, capping an eight-minute drive with a four-yard run into the end zone.
Six plays later, however, IWC took the lead back on a 1-yard Adrian Smith run, and again the kick by Baker was good.
The Tigers stretched their lead in the second quarter when Ridge Hobbs caught a five-yard touchdown pass from Zandro Diaz at the end of a 79-yard drive that put IWC up 20-7.
IWC had the next three scores as well — Trey Todd ran eight yards into the end zone, Hobbs had a 20-yard touchdown reception and Raul Lozano made a five-yard touchdown run.
With IWC up 41-7, MacMurray managed one more score on a 12-yard touchdown pass, but it was too little, too late.
On the day, LiMichael Peeples made five catches for 63 receiving yards. Chase Taylor had three receptions for 25 yards. Jake Tolander made a six-yard catch.
Adrian Smith rushed for 27 yards on five tires (5.2 yards per carry).
Defensively, Jamarco Clark and Andy Hensel had eight solo tackles to lead the Tigers. Nick Cox had two tackles for loss and Jory Simms made a tackle for a 10-yard loss.
Scott finished the day with two interceptions and Shawn Foster had one.
The Tigers make another road trip this weekend when they take on Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minn., at 1 p.m. on Saturday.