Knights Defeat Dutch, 20-13

Courtesy: Wartburg College Athletics

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By James Steward

WAVERLY, Iowa—The Wartburg College football team (6-2 overall, 4-2 IIAC) defeated Iowa Conference opponent, Central (6-3, 5-2), 20-13, Saturday.

The Dutch were on Wartburg’s three-yard line with four seconds left but their final pass play was incomplete as time expired to give the Knights the win.

Donald Miller made two touchdown receptions on the day as his first one put the Orange and Black on the board at 6-0 with 6:16 remaining in the first quarter.

Central cut the lead in half on its next possession as Kevin Sheldon made a 26-yard field goal with 2:29 left in the first quarter.

The Knights answered back on their next drive as senior Levi Helbling (Malvern) caught a 29-yard touchdown pass from classmate Dan Stiefel (Sterling Heights, Mich.) to make the score 13-3 with three seconds remaining in the quarter.

On their third drive of the second quarter, the Dutch attempted a 39-yard field goal, but it was short with 3:19 left in the frame.

Neither team scored in the second or third quarter until Sheldon made a 23-yard field goal to bring the score to 13-6, still in Wartburg’s favor.

After Central got the ball back on a blocked punt, they executed five plays for 20 yards that resulted in a touchdown to knot the score at 13 all with 7:05 remaining in the game.

The Knights then drove 71 yards on five plays as Miller had his second touchdown reception of the day, this one for 26-yards, to regain the lead 20-13 with 5:04 left to play.

With this touchdown pass, Stiefel tied his career-high in a single game in this category and Miller set a new career-best with this catch.

The Dutch drove 64 yards on their ensuing possession, but were unable to score as time expired.

Stiefel threw for 254 yards and three touchdowns as he was 20-35 with no interceptions.

Helbling led the receivers with 88 yards. Miller finished with three caches for 48 yards and junior Curt Hruska (New Hampton) had seven catches for 79 yards.

The Knights were held to 36 yards on the ground as Stiefel had a team-best 19 yards.

Sophomore Ryan Billings (Sterling, Ill.) led the defense with his 14 total tackles (nine solo, ten assist) and junior Jason Shupp (Cedar Rapids) had 11 solo and three assists.

Wartburg’s defense held Central’s signal caller, Nate Snead, to just 86 yards through the air.

The Orange and Black take to the road next week against Loras at 1 p.m.

You can catch a replay of this game on KCRG 9.2 on the following dates and times:

Replay 10/30 @ 10:00a, 10/31 @ 2:40a, 11/5 @ 1:00p, 11/6 @ 2:40a & 10:00a, 11/15 @ 2:40a, 11/26 @ 2:40a
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