Saturday, October 31, 2009

Knights Prevail (brrrrrrrr-I've almost stopped shivering)

Our first glimpse of CollegeBoy his left ankle all taped up?? Is he injured? Why are Moms always the last to know?

Oh, the MUD.

Well, he's dirty, but #79 is much dirtier. Is that good or bad?

Mucky, messy mud. :)

Wartburg College Sports Releases
Contact: Mark Adkins, Sports Information Director

FB - Knights win second straight, upend Luther

Oct. 31, 2009

DECORAH – Bolstered by a stout defensive effort, Wartburg won its 18th game in the last 19 of the annual gridiron series with rival Luther by a 24-9 count Saturday, Oct. 31.

The Knights, improving to 5-3 overall and 4-2 in the Iowa Conference, kept their hosts off the scoreboard at Carlsson Stadium until midway through the fourth quarter. They were the benefactors of two interceptions from junior defensive back Andrew Creary of Knoxville and five tackles for losses of which two and a half went to junior linebacker Blake Suckow of West Union who was the leading tackler for the unit with 12.

Creary’s first interception helped head coach Rick Willis’ squad gain momentum in the first half. After breaking a 0-0 tie early in the second period on a 21-yard field goal by junior place-kicker Devin White of Decorah, the Knights were pushed to the brink by Luther’s offense on the ensuing possession. The Norse drove to the one-yard line before Creary stepped in front of an errant pass and rambled 99 yards for a touchdown.

Taking a 10-0 lead into the second half, the Orange and Black produced a pair of touchdowns. A 21-play, 87-yard drive that began early in the third period and consumed nearly 10 and a half minutes ended early in the fourth quarter when senior quarterback Nick Yordi of Solon hit junior tight end Austin Cole of Manchester on a five-yard scoring pass. The offense came back with a nine-play, 60-yard drive later in the final stanza with freshman running back Kyle Winfrey of Richton Park, Ill., going in from 12 yards out.

Yordi ended the game with 127 yards on 12-of-19 passing. His 30th straight 100-yard-plus outing also moved him past former standout Gary Walljasper into first on the career passing yardage chart. Junior wide receivers Matt Gustafson of Fairbault, Minn., and Matt Wickert of Memphis, Mo., each hauled in four catches. Winfrey was the top rusher with 66 yards on 18 carries.

Wartburg returns home for a 1 p.m. kickoff against league-leading Central College of Pella Saturday, Nov. 7.

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