Sunday, September 21, 2008

Wartbug Wins!!!

My son's college football team pulled off an awesome win yesterday in Pella.

Here is the article from our paper. We were sitting in the end zone on the grass and had front row seats to watch that final kick win the game. Woooohooo!

Small college football: Wartburg clips No. 9 Central
PELLA — Spencer Herzberg missed two field goals and had another blocked last Saturday against Augsburg College in Wartburg’s double-overtime defeat.

He even misfired on an extra-point attempt in the second quarter Saturday.

But redemption was sweet for the senior placekicker from Iowa Falls.

Herzberg drilled a 41-yard field goal with 41 seconds remaining to help the Knights knock off ninth-ranked Central, 19-17, in an Iowa Conference football thriller at Schipper Stadium.

“Kickers always wait for a moment like that to win a game,” Herzberg said. “It was the first time in four years I had a chance to win a game. I felt fortunate to do so.”

It was Wartburg’s first win over Central in four years and snapped the Dutch’s 28-game, regular-season winning streak. The last three meetings between the teams have been decided by six points or less.

And it was the 17th consecutive time Wartburg has bounced back with a victory after a loss.

“It speaks to the resiliency of our team,” head coach Rick Willis said. “I told the guys at the end of last week’s game, we’re going to find out what type of team we really are.

“We showed it today. We came into a tough place, on Homecoming, and Central really changed some things up. I’m so proud of the guys to pull through.”

Wartburg (2-1, 1-0 IIAC) built a 16-3 cushion in the third quarter after quarterback Nick Yordi ran in from 8 yards for a touchdown.

Central, however, responded with 14 unanwered points, including a 9-yard pass from Zack Bandow to Cam Waugh, to take a 17-16 lead with 11:35 left.

The Knights started their winning drive at midfield with 3 1/2 minutes left. Yordi converted with receiver Justin Vetter on fourth-and-three for 16 yards to extend the drive.

Then, three plays later, kicking into a slight wind, Herzberg cleared the crossbar by about a yard.

Aided by two Wartburg pass interference penalties, Central (1-1, 0-1) drove to the Wartburg 45 in the closing seconds, but Bandow was pressured and hit. His errant throw was intercepted by Blake Suckow to secure the victory.

Yordi completed 12 of 21 passes for 274 yards and a score. Alex Boom ignited the ground game with 87 yards on 28 carries.

Wartburg returns home next Saturday to play winless Cornell at 1 p.m.

Wartburg 3 6 7 3 – 19

Central 0 3 7 7 – 17

Jared #91, second from the left, white jersey.

Me and my boy!

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