Tigers take down Crown in final game
BY ANDY KRUTSINGER
Mt. Pleasant News
ST. BONIFACIUS, Minn. — The season ended on a very good note for the Iowa Wesleyan football team this weekend.
One week after a 38-point win over Martin Luther to finish the home schedule, the Tigers made it two-in-a-row with a 19-13 victory at Crown in their final game of the year on Saturday afternoon.
After a scoreless first quarter, Crown took an early lead on a nine-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. The extra point made it 7-0 with 13:13 left in the half.
Just over three minutes later, Raul Alvarez scrambled to the end zone for a seven-yard touchdown run. Kyle Divelbiss tied the game up at 7-7 with an extra point.
Then, with just 33 seconds left in the second quarter, Alvarez found Jeremy Gomez for a 15-yard touchdown pass. The extra point failed and it was 13-7 at halftime.
The Storm tied the game on a 23-yard touchdown pass with 7:39 remaining in the third quarter. The extra point was blocked, however, and the game stayed tied, 13-13.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Tigers drove to the Crown seven-yard line, but a penalty backed IWU up and missed field goal kept the game tied.
Crown drove down to the Tiger 35 on their next drive, but IWU held the Storm on a fourth-and-two to get the ball back.
On the first play of the next IWU drive, Alvarez found Tyree Thomas for a 46-yard strike down to the Storm’s 20-yard line.
Later in the drive, on first-and-goal from the 10-yard line, Alvarez found Rodolfo Amezcua for the game-winning touchdown pass, with just 3:26 remaining on the clock.
Crown had one last chance to tie the game, and even made a credible threat with a first down on their own 45, but the Tiger defense stuffed the Storm on four-straight plays, including two sacks to effectively end the game.
Alvarez finished the game 22-34 for 320 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He also ran the ball 10 times for 68 yards and a score to lead the Tigers.
Amezcua had a team-leading eight catches, 118 yards and one touchdown in the win. Joshua Broadway caught four passes for 61 yards. Thomas had three catches for 57 yards, and Gomez had three catches for 43 yards and a touchdown.
Gordon Tui led the team defensively with 17 total tackles in the game. Andrew Terrell had 13 tackles and Jaiya Garcia had 11 tackles and one forced fumble, which was recovered by the Storm.
IWU finished the season 3-7 overall and 3-6 in conference play with wins over Greenville, Martin Luther and Crown. They ended the year in seventh place out of 10 UMAC teams. Northwestern won the league, at 8-1.