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Wartburg Beats Buena Vista, 37-29, On Homecoming

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WAVERLY, Iowa-- Seniors Taylor Jacobsmeier (Wapello) and Brandon Steggall (Waverly) both recorded career days in Wartburg's 37-29 win over Buena Vista in the annual Homecoming game.

The Knights moved to 4-1 on the year and 2-0 in Iowa Conference play while BV fell to 0-5, 0-2.

Jacobsmeier set a new career mark as he finished 16-26 with no interceptions for 232 yards and three touchdown passes. He also tied his mark as he kept the ball himself for a rushing touchdown.

Steggall set a new career-best with his eight catches for 118 yards and three touchdowns.

Jacobsmeier and Steggall connected for their first touchdown of the day less than four minutes into the game to give the Orange and Black the early 6-0 lead.

Buena Vista capitalized on a Wartburg turnover as it drove 37-yards to take the 7-6 lead with 5:05 to play in the first.

Sophomore Michael Bohlke (Manchester) helped the Knights regain the lead with his 32-yard field goal, which made the score 9-7 with 13:25 remaining in the half.

The Beavers answered on their ensuing drive to take the 14-9 lead on a 20-yard touchdown pass.

The Orange and Black regained the lead for good at 17-14 on Jacobsmeier's second touchdown pass of the day to Steggall, this one from three-yards out.

After a three and out by BVU, Jacobsmeier extended Wartburg's margin to 24-14 as he punched one in from two-yards out with 5:27 left in the third quarter.

Buena Vista answered back on its next drive as it marched 75-yards and scored on a 12-yard touchdown pass to make the score 24-21.

In the fourth quarter, Steggall scored on a 43-yard pass from Jacobsmeier with 11:31 remaining in the frame which made the score 30-21.

Junior Spencer Capitani (Northwood) intercepted a pass on BV's next drive to give the ball back to the Knights on its own 45-yard line. The Orange and Black marched 55 yards on seven plays as sophomore Logan Schrader (Killdeer, Ill.) found junior Donald Miller (Maywood, Ill.) for a 10-yard pass to extend its lead to 37-21.

BV scored its final time of the game with 1:49 remaning on a 11-yard pass and attempted an on-side kick, but Wartburg recovered to seal the Homecoming win.

Steggall led all receivers and Jacobsmeier also added 105 yards on the ground to mark the second-straight game of finishing with over 100 yards both on the ground and through the air.

Sophomore Will Jansen (Mediapolis) led the defense with 10.5 total tackles, nine of them solo.

Senior Martin Hyatte (Rockford) had a team-best two sacks and two tackles for loss.

Wartburg returns to action next Saturday on the road against Luther.

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