IWC football falls in first-ever UMAC game
Iowa Wesleyan College football ran into a powerful St. Scholastica team on Saturday in the Tigers' first Upper Midwest Athletic Conference game in school history.
The Saints lived up to their No. 1 conference ranking as they bulldozed their way to a 47-10 victory over the Tigers.
The Saints struck early, reaching the end zone on their first drive of the game. The Tigers hung tough, though, and made it 3-7 on a 32-yard field goal by Brandon Baker with just over a minute left in the first quarter.
The Saints then scored 17 unanswered points in the second quarter, giving the Tigers a 3-24 deficit at the break. The Tigers struggled to find their offense in the third quarter, as the Saints continued to build a cushion scoring twice more.
The Tigers managed to get in the end zone with 1:01 left in the game. Caleb Huss connected with Jake Tolander for a two-yard touchdown pass.
The Tigers were held to 214 yards of total offense, while the Saints' offense was impressive, recording 682 yards on the day. The running game made the difference as the Tigers recorded just 20 yards on the ground, while the Saints ran for 427 yards.
LiMichael Peeples caught three passes for 54 yards on the day.
The Saints managed to reach the Tigers' quarterbacks six times in the game, for a total loss of 31 yards. Jory Simms and Sam Balbach teamed up for the Tigers' lone sack on the day, dropping the Saints' quarterback for a loss of just two yards.
Ryan Gerleman led the Tigers' defense with 14 tackles. Montell Scott got his first interception in a Tigers' uniform, returning it for 59 yards.
The Tigers fall to 0-2 on the year and 0-1 in conference play. They return to action on Saturday, Sept. 21 as they host their first home game of the season, which will be against UMAC opponent University of Minnesota-Morris. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m.