30 Iowa Conference titles
PELLA—Hoping to build on its momentum, the Central College football team returns home for an Iowa Conference game against Loras College Saturday.
Game time is 1 p.m. at Ron and Joyce Schipper Stadium.
Central is 3-4 overall and 2-2 in league play following a 31-14 triumph at Luther College Saturday. Loras, 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the league, was a 42-19 loser against Buena Vista University.
The series—Central trampled the Duhawks in a 70-7 rout at Dubuque last year. It’s the most points the Dutch have ever scored against Loras. Central holds a 28-5 lead in the all-time series and hasn’t lost since 2008. The teams first met in 1932.
On the air, on the Web—Trevor Castle will call the play-by-play of Saturday’s game on KRLS-FM (92.1) and the broadcast can also be accessed through www.central.edu/athletics or through www.kniakrls.com. A video webcast and live stats can also be viewed at www.central.edu/atheltics.
The Duhawks—Sophomore quarterback Dylan Jones (6-0, 210) directs the Loras offense and has completed 74 of 169 passes for 1,030 yards with seven touchdowns and eight interceptions.
“He’s a transfer quarterback and throws a good football,” coach Jeff McMartin said.
Freshman running back Nate Carrier (5-11, 200) is the league’s leading rushing (136.9 avg.) and is second in all-purpose yardage (143.1 avg.). He’s racked up 958 yards on 168 carries and found the end zone five times. Carrier also has five receptions for 44 yards.
“He does a great job and is good in the open field,” McMartin said. “He’s on track to reach 1,000 yards, which is a great feat in this conference. He sees the field well and has great vision.”
Backup sophomore wide receiver Nate Even (5-11, 185) has a team-high 332 yards on 21 catches and has scored twice.
The Duhawks are averaging 320.9 yards on offense with 173.7 yards rushing and a league-worst 147.1 yards passing. They’re surrendering 414.9 yards, allowing 207.1 yards on the ground and 207.7 yards in the air.
“Loras has a good scheme in place,” McMartin said. “They’ll try to bring you in and then hit you deep. They like the power plays and they want to be physical. They’re a dangerous team and they definitely have our attention.”
Defensively, the Duhawks return just five starters. Senior linebacker Brandon Ronan (6-1, 210) is tied for ninth in the league with 51 tackles, including 39 solo stops and 5.5 tackles for loss.
“Their defense is a mix of younger and older players and they give you a lot of looks,” McMartin said. “They have more fronts and coverages than anyone we’ve played. We’ll have to prepare for a lot of possibilities and be ready for anything and make sure our assignments are sound.”
Progress—After struggling to score points early in previous weeks, the Dutch hammered in three touchdowns in the first quarter at Luther, jumping to a 21-0 lead. Central has also fallen victim to costly turnovers, but had just one last Saturday while forcing five Norse turnovers.
“We did a better job taking care of the ball and getting turnovers,” McMartin said. “That was the story of the game, as it has been for us the entire season.”
Although Luther blocked a Dutch punt and recovered it at the 5-yard line in the third quarter, Central defensive end Jack Shipley (junior, Tipton) forced a fumble on the very next play and it was recovered by the Dutch.
“That was a key play and a big swing in momentum,” McMartin said. “It turned the momentum back our way and kept points off the board.”
Linebacker Luke Geneser (junior, Granger, Woodward-Granger HS) also came up big on defense with two interceptions and a forced fumble. He posted five tackles and recorded a pass break-up. Geneser was named the league’s defensive player of the week.
Offensively, Central outgained Luther 396 yards to 209, despite eight penalties totaling 66 yards. The Dutch coordinated a balanced offense with 192 yards rushing and 204 yards passing. Quarterback Aaron Eiseler (sophomore, Mesa, Ariz., Red Mountain HS) completed 15 of 22 passes for 204 yards with two touchdowns and also ran in two scores, totaling 43 yards on 12 carries.
“We did a good job of running the ball and finding open receivers,” McMartin said. “But we need to eliminate penalties. That slowed us down on offense.”
Continuing to improve is the challenge McMartin gives the Dutch every week.
“We still have a lot of things to get better at,” he said. “We need shore up special teams and we need to continue to work on taking care of the football.”
QB 6 Brendon Boerm (fr., 6-0, 180)
or 9 Aaron Eiseler (so., 6-0, 195)
RB 30 Ross Doehrmann (sr., 6-0, 205)
SB 41 Austin Shaver (so., 5-11, 215)
TE 2 Jack Norgaard (so., 6-3, 220)
WR 12 Ben Lechtenberg (sr., 6-6, 225)
WR 18 Blaine Forsythe (so., 6-1, 195)
LT 73 Travis Hook (jr., 6-3, 260)
LG 50 Ryan Collins (so., 6-0, 235)
C 67 Anthony Wolf (sr., 6-1, 275)
RG 56 Colton Smith (sr., 5-10, 255)
RT 63 Matt Schrafel (6-2, 260, jr.)
DE 15 Danny Samson (jr., 5-11, 250)
NG 54 Brody Janssen (so., 6-1, 230)
DE 5 Jack Shipley (jr., 6-2, 235)
OLB 22 Mike Young (jr., 5-11, 190)
ILB 23 Seth Carson (jr., 6-1, 240)
ILB 46 Jordan Wachter (so., 5-11, 205)
OLB 45 Luke Geneser (jr., 6-0, 215)
CB 10 Eric Larson (so., 6-1, 175)
SS 40 Jacob Tune (so., 6-1, 190)
FS 33 Jake Edelman (jr., 6-0, 175)
CB 7 Spencer Boeyink (so., 6-0, 175)
KO 16 Kevin Sheldon (so., 5-11, 170 )
PAT/ 16 Kevin Sheldon (so., 5-11, 170 )
H 21 Trent Heetland (sr., 5-11, 180)
P 18 Blaine Forsythe (so., 6-1, 195)
PR 7 Spencer Boeyink (so., 6-0, 175)
KR 28 Josh Osborn (so., 5-8, 195)
LS-P 22 Mike Young (jr., 5-11, 190)
LS-FG 73 Travis Hook (jr., 6-3, 260)
2012 Central College football schedule
3-4 overall, 2-2 Iowa Conference
Sept. 1 Wis.-Oshkosh Oshkosh, Wis. L, 47-28
Sept. 8 Augustana (Ill.) Pella W, 17-10
Sept. 22 Albion (Mich.) Albion, Mich. L, 35-16
Sept. 29 Dubuque Pella W, 31-24
Oct. 6 Simpson Pella L, 21-18
Oct. 13 Buena Vista Storm Lake L, 30-25
Oct. 20 Luther Decorah W, 31-14
Oct. 27 Loras Pella 1 p.m.
Nov. 3 Wartburg Pella 1 p.m.
Nov. 10 Coe Cedar Rapids noon