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Last Minute Touchdown Pushes Iowa Wesleyan over Waldorf

Sports Information Director Molly Kappos

After a disappointing loss the previous week, the Waldorf College football team bounced back in their overall performance in the game against Iowa Wesleyan College on Saturday.  The Warriors were defeated as the Tigers scored their final touchdown with only 25 seconds left on the clock.  Iowa Wesleyan defeated Waldorf, 30-24.

Iowa Wesleyan was first on the board as they went eight plays for 66 yards, but the Warriors were very quick to respond turning to their passing game for an impressive 63 yard touchdown pass to Luke Gassman in their very first offensive play of the game.  Tied at seven, Waldorf’s defense came up with an interception as Cameron Jackson picked off Kevin McConnell for a 41 yard return and a 15 yard facemask penalty, leading Waldorf to start their offensive drive on the 50 yard line.  Eight plays later, the Warriors scored in the second quarter, taking the 14-7 lead.

Later in the second quarter Waldorf’s defense again came up big as they held Iowa Wesleyan to a field goal.  The Warriors led 14-10 as they went into the locker rooms at the half.

In the third quarter, Iowa Wesleyan scored on their second offensive possession taking a 17-14 lead, but the Warriors came back in their next drive and Caleb Maki put one through the uprights to make it a 17-17 game.

In the top of the fourth, Iowa Wesleyan scored to take a 24-17 lead.  In Iowa Wesleyan’s next offensive possession, Waldorf came up with a big fourth down stop to take over on downs on the Iowa Wesleyan 48 yard line.  After driving 36 yards, Harold Smith rushed for a 12 yard touchdown to again tie the game.

With the clock down to three minutes, Iowa Wesleyan went nine plays for 59 yards eating up two and half minutes of play, scoring on a two yard rush, but were unable to get the extra point as Waldorf came up with a block to hold the Tigers to a six point lead.

With 18 second left, Waldorf’s Roc Hobbs threw three incomplete passes and the Warriors were defeated 30-24.

Overall the Warriors had 325 yards of offense with 161 rushing yards, 164 passing yards and 16 first downs.  Deonte Lewis led in rushing with 21 carries for 86 total yards.  James Loydd and Harold Smith both had three carries for 15 yards and one touchdown each.

Quarterback Roc Hobbs threw 6-17 for 164 yards and one touchdown pass.  His leading receiver was Luke Gassman who had three catches for 117 yards and one touchdown.

Caleb Maki had a 27 yard field goal for the Warriors.

With this tough loss, Waldorf moves to 1-4 overall, 0-2 in conference play.  The Warriors play again on Saturday, October 9, as they host St. Ambrose University on homecoming weekend.  Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.