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It was a tale of two halves this afternoon in Pella, Iowa as Luther was defeated by Central College 37-9 in the Iowa Conference opener for both teams.
After a 9-9 halftime tie, Central scored four consecutive times it had the football in the second half en route to the victory.
In the first half, Seth Streeter connected on a 34-yard field goal, and Chris Reynolds scored on a four-yard run with 35 seconds left in the second stanza. Kyle McGivney set up the Reynolds score with a 56-yard interception return to the Central four-yard line. McGivney led all tacklers with 13, that included six solo.
Central tallied 383 yards of total offense, 284 on the ground and 108 in the air, while holding Luther to 240 yards of total offense, 80 on the ground and 160 in the air.
Central quarterback Nate Snead accounted for 238 yards, carrying the football 21 times for 130 yards and two touchdowns, throwing for 108 yards that included touchdown passes of 4 and 35 yards.
Dan Ridenour led the Norse rushing attack with 43 yards on 17 carries. Matt Jaronik and Steven Thompson led the receiving corps with five and four catches respectively.
"I truly believe by continuing to play hard the wins will come," stated Head Coach Mike Durnin. "There is no doubt we have played three very talented football teams, and while the outcome on the scoreboard has not been in our favor, I believe we are in great shape to make a great run the remainder of the season. Every game we continue to improve and that is a reflection of the effort our players and assistant coaches are putting in on a daily basis. The key now is to take advantage of the bye week and improve upon our consistency in all phases of the game. "
The loss drops Luther's overall record to 0-3, 0-1 in the Iowa Conference. Central improves to 2-1, 1-0.
The Norse are off next week and will host Loras College on Oct. 1 in Carlson Stadium at 1:00 p.m. This game will be video streamed.
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