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IWC football takes down Blue Jays

Tigers claim second conference win with 24-14 road victory over Westminster
Oct 21, 2013
Ashlee De Wit IWC quarterback Zandro Diaz drops back to pass in a game earlier this season.

FULTON, Mo. — The Iowa Wesleyan College football team picked up a big conference win on Saturday on the road against Westminster College.

The Tigers defeated the Blue Jays, 24-14, to move to 2-5 overall and 2-4 in the UMAC.

The Tigers' defense came up with several big plays in the game to help get the win.

With just under 2:30 left in the first quarter, the Blue Jays threatened to build a 21-7 lead as they had a first-and-goal at the Iowa Wesleyan 10-yard line.

The Blue Jays got the ball to the 4-yard line, but on a fourth and goal, IWC's Brad Sabel made huge tackle at the 3-yard line to give the ball back to the Tigers' offense.

IWC then went 76 yards on five plays, capping the drive with a 48-yard field goal by Brandon Baker to give the Tigers just a 14-10 deficit to end the first quarter.

The Tigers held Westminster from there, not allowing a point in the last three quarters of the game.

Meanwhile, they tacked on a score in the second quarter when Zandro Diaz found Raul Becerril in the end zone on a 3-yard pass and Baker’s kick was good.

It was enough for the win, but IWC added one more touchdown in the third quarter to distance themselves on the scoreboard. New London alum Ridge Hobbs caught a 65-yard touchdown pass from Diaz for the final score of the game.

The Tiger defense came up with three interceptions on the day. Shawn Foster, Ryan Gerleman, and Raul Lozano each had a pick on the afternoon.

Jamarco Clark had 10.5 tackles against the Blue Jays. He also teamed up with Andrew Terrell on a sack for a loss of six yards.

The Tigers' offense played strong as well, recording 131 yards on the ground and 241 yards through the air.

Trey Todd led the rushing game with 116 yards on 12 carries, including scampering for a long of 70-yards.

Diaz was 12-30 passing for 241 yards. He threw three touchdown passes and two interceptions.

Hobbs caught six passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns.

The Tigers return to action on Saturday, Oct. 26 when they host Greenville College.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Mapleleaf Stadium.

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