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Iowa Wesleyan offense stalled at Eureka

Sep 11, 2018

Iowa Wesleyan played their second straight game under the lights on Saturday night, as they took on Eureka College for their final non-conference contest of the season. The Tiger offense struggled to get find a rhythm against the Red Devils which led to a 38-6

IW was unable to find an answer to Eureka’s run game and fell behind after Eureka’s opening drive covered 65 yards on six plays. Grequenceo Coger blocked the extra point attempt to hold the Red Devils to a 6-0 advantage. Iowa Wesleyan could not get the offense moving through much of the first quarter, and Eureka was able to strike again with 13 seconds left in the opening quarter to take a 13-0 lead.

The Tigers’ first drive of the second quarter stalled out, but the defense was able to come up with a stop against Eureka to get the ball back. Iowa Wesleyan’s offense took over with 10:55 on the clock and they were able to find a rhythm. IW’s drive lasted 6:27 seconds, covering 76 yards on 11 plays and was capped by a 12-yard pass from Demarcus Collins to Dylan McDonald.

The extra point attempt by Jeremy Scholbrock was no good, but the Tigers were able to cut the lead to 6-13. Eureka would add a field goal as the clock ran out to extend their lead to 16-6 as the teams headed to the locker room.

Iowa Wesleyan came out in the second half and continued to struggle against the Red Devils. Eureka scored on their first drive of the half to increase the advantage 16 points. The Tiger offensive drives stalled out, and on their final drive of the quarter, Collins was sacked in their endzone for a safety by the Red Devils.

As the fourth quarter began, the Tigers trailed 24-6. Eureka scored twice in the fourth quarter and shut down the Tiger offense once again. After holding IW scoreless in the second half, Eureka secured a 38-6 win over the Tigers.

Iowa Wesleyan ended the game with 98 total yards on offense compared to 541 yards by the Red Devils. The defense was led by Jaiya Garcia, who finished the game with six solo tackles and assisted on two tackles. Joe Mosley, Grequenceo Coger, and Onius Heard each finished with six tackles in the loss. Mosley and Coger each recorded blocks in the game, while Coger added one tackle for a loss of five yards.

The Tigers will be on the road once again in their upcoming game. They will travel to Westminster College on Sept. 15 for a 1 p.m. kickoff. Iowa Wesleyan will enter conference play with an 0-2 overall record.

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