IWC scores 51 but loses to MLC
NEW ULM, Minn. — Iowa Wesleyan College football had a barn burner on the gridiron with Martin Luther College on Saturday.
The Tigers lost the offensive showcase to the Knights, falling 68-51 to drop to 1-4 on the year and 1-3 in the UMAC.
The Tigers struck first on a 45-yard pass from Zandro Diaz to LiMichael Peeples just 2:10 into the game to take a 7-0 lead. The Knights responded, though, scoring three consecutive touchdowns to close out the first period and give the Tigers a 7-22 deficit.
The Tigers responded back, as Trey Todd reached the end zone on a one-yard run just 33 seconds into the second quarter. The Knights then pushed the lead to 21 near the end of the half, though.
However, the Tigers weren’t done. Ridge Hobbs gave Iowa Wesleyan a big spark before the half, returning a kickoff for 47-yards for the score with just 12 seconds remaining. The teams went to the break with the Tigers trailing 24-38.
Raul Becerril then opened up the second half with a 12-yard touchdown run for the Tigers to close the gap to just seven just 2:10 into the half.
The Knights running game proved too much though as the teams continued to trade scores and the Tigers couldn’t overcome the early deficit.
IWC recorded 413 yards of total offense on the day, including 335 yards through the air. Diaz was 20-30 passing for 315 yards and two touchdowns. Hobbs caught six passes for 114 yards and two scores.
The Knights used their running game to cut down the Tigers. Martin Luther had 615 yards of total offense, with 432 yards coming on the ground. Luke Rothe rushed for 257 yards and three touchdowns.
Lance Mountain led the Tigers’ defense with 10 tackles. Montell Scott and Nate Daniels each added nine tackles for the Tigers.
Iowa Wesleyan returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 12 against Crown College for the Tigers’ Homecoming. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. at Mapleleaf Stadium.