Anna Zander, Sports Information Director
Mount Pleasant – The Iowa Wesleyan football team did their best to not let the wet and rainy conditions spoil their homecoming game against Martin Luther College. After leading 21-7 in the fourth quarter, the Tigers could not stop a late rally by the Knights and fell 28-21 to the top team in the conference.
Martin Luther was the first team to get on the board, scoring with under two minutes remaining in the first period. Iowa Wesleyan evened the score with 10:54 on the clock in the second quarter. The Tigers covered 64 yards on six plays on their drive that ended with a 12 yard pass from Demarcus Collins to Jacob Santos in the endzone. Jeremy Scholbrock was successful on the extra point attempt, tying the game at 7-7.
The teams started the second half still tied at 7. The defenses continued to come up with stops throughout the third quarter. The only score of the period came with 2:24 remaining. Iowa Wesleyan ran twelve plays but had to settle for a field goal after their offense could not get in the endzone. Scholbrock connected on a 34 yard attempt to give the Tigers their first lead of the game. They would head to the fourth quarter with a 10-7 lead over Martin Luther.
Iowa Wesleyan scored twice to start the fourth quarter. Scholbrock added another field goal, this one a 33 yard attempt, giving the IW a 13-7 lead. The Tigers came back with a four play drive that covered 22 yards and ended with a two yard pass from Demarcus Collins to Dylan McDonald. IW went for two and Tanner Holder hauled in the catch for the good two point conversion. Iowa Wesleyan led the Knights 21-7 with 8:50. Martin Luther scored three unanswered touchdowns to take a 28-21 lead over the Tigers. IW still had time to make something happen, getting the ball back with 2:02 remaining in the game. Unfortunately, the Tigers were unable to get their offense going and they suffered a 28-21 loss to the top team in the UMAC standings.
The Tiger offense was led by Demarcus Collins who through for 191 yards, which included a 56 yard pass to Tanner Holder. Collins finished with two touchdowns. Stafford Lewis led the ground game with 48 yards, averaging 3.7 yards per carry. Jacob Santos and Dylan McDonald had the two receiving touchdowns for Iowa Wesleyan in the loss.
Jeremy Scholbrock recorded seven points in the game for IW with two field goals and an extra point attempt. Dylan McDonald handled the punting and finished with a total of 445 yards on 11 punts. He averaged 40.5 yards per punt and pinned the Knights inside the 20 yard line three times and had two touchbacks
Adrian Walker led the IW defense with nine solo tackles and assisted on another one. Da’Vante Stafford recorded eight tackles, including a sack and three tackles for a loss of 15 yards.
Iowa Wesleyan will have their bye week this weekend and will return to action on October 20th. They will play in Jacksonville, Illinois at MacMurray College at 1pm. IW is now 1-5 overall and 1-3 in UMAC play.