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Coe Defeats Luther

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CEDAR RAPIDS - Coaches at Coe College did some solid work during the week to prepare their team on both sides of the football.

The Kohawks did well defensively against a unique triple-option attack and scored 21 unanswered points in the second half on offense for a 31-14 win Saturday afternoon over Luther at Clark Field.

But when it came to dialing up a great game plan and implementing it, Gage Mohs was the one who stole the day. The senior running back made his final game at Clark Field memorable in more ways than one by shocking his girlfriend, Abby Lantzky, postgame with an engagement ring and marriage proposal.

She said yes.

"I'm overwhelmed," Lantzky said. "I had no idea. I've probably been bugging him a lot lately (about getting engaged). But I never thought it'd be like this."

Mohs is Coe's leading rusher, a guy who always has used quick feet to succeed. But quick hands in this case produced an off-field touchdown.

As usual, the Sumner-Fredericksburg graduate gathered with family outside the Coe locker room after Coach Steve Staker's postgame chat, giving his sister a hug. She slipped him the ring during the hug.

"Had it all planned," Mohs said. "Walked off, had my sister give me a hug and pass me the ring. Put it in my helmet, walked up to Abby, gave her a hug and told her 'I've got to ask you something.' That was it."

Everyone around them cheered. High-school sweethearts promised for life.

"I've been kind of scheming this all year," Mohs said.

You wonder if he would have popped the question had Coe lost. No worries, as it turned out, with the Kohawks (7-2) getting two long touchdown passes and a 1-yard scoring sneak from quarterback Josh Rekers to turn around a 14-10 third-quarter deficit.

Luther (2-7) went ahead late in frame on a 1-yard Dylan Smallwood sneak. Rekers found receiver Dominik Lensing for a 57-yard touchdown just 36 seconds later.

Lensing had no one within 15 yards of him when he hauled in the pass.

"I think they had a blown coverage or something," said Rekers, who completed 19 of 29 passes for 286 yards and three scores. "I saw him wide open. I just didn't want to miss him. He made a good play dealing with the wind."

That wind was a bear all day, with the aforementioned play the only time either team scored into it. Not that it bothered Luther (2-7) much.

The Norse are a running team, with all but 29 of their 239 yards coming on the ground. Jeremy Redmond had 105 yards and a touchdown out of a full-house backfield, a la Air Force and Navy.

It's a tough preparation defensively.

"They block it well on the perimeter, and that's what was frustrating us," Staker said. "We weren't able to get off our blocks. They're a ball-control team, and that's what worried us. They get ahead and start controlling the football, you just don't get it back. But Josh came through, threw some really nice balls."

Coe is in a second-place tie with Dubuque and Simpson at 4-2 in the Iowa Conference. Wartburg eked out a 16-14 win over Central and is 5-1 in the league, with only last-place Loras remaining on the schedule.

Coe finishes the regular season at Central. Luther hosts Simpson.

"We wanted to win this for our seniors, send them out the right way," Reker said. "They've been such a big part of our program the last four years. I've had a really great chance to learn from those guys. I've learned how to do it the right way."

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