Storm stops IWC in football opener
INDIANOLA — It was a tough start to the season for the Iowa Wesleyan College football team on Saturday, as they ran into the powerful Storm of Simpson College.
The young Tigers’ defense struggled to handle the quick Storm offense, and the Tigers fell by a score of 55-21 in the season opener.
The Storm struck early, scoring on the opening drive of the game to take a 6-0 lead.
After a three-and-out by the Tigers, the Storm scored again on their second possession of the game.
The Tigers managed to get in the end zone before the end of the first quarter on a two-yard touchdown run by Raul Becerill.
The Storm then outscored the Tigers, 28-0, in the second quarter, giving the Tigers a 41-7 deficit at halftime.
The first half deficit would be the Tiger’s downfall, as both teams managed to score twice in the second half.
Zandro Diaz had a strong game as the starting quarterback for the Tigers.
Diaz was 18-for-27 passing with 310 yards. He threw two touchdown passes and no interceptions.
Ridge Hobbs and LiMichael Peeples each caught seven passes and one touchdown in the game. Hobbs had 159 receiving yards, while Peeples had 85 receiving yards.
On the day, the Tiger offense had 322 yards in the air, but managed just 16 yards on the ground.
The Storm blew through the Tigers’ defense for an impressive 609 yards of total offense, including 352 yards on the ground. Ethan Calvert carried the ball 14 times for 91 yards for the Storm, while Jordan Beem added 90 yards on 12 carries.
Harley Malmgren led the Tigers with 12 tackles. Nate Daniels and Jamarco Clark each added nine tackles for the purple and white. Daniels also had the lone sack for the Tigers' defense.
The Tigers will look to rebound from the loss as they get ready for their first action in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) next week. The Tigers will remain on the road as they travel to Duluth, Minn. to take on St. Scholastica on Saturday, Sept. 14.
They play their home opener on Saturday, Sept. 21, against University of Minnesota-Morris.