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Wartburg

  • Date: Saturday, November 12, 2011
  • Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Location: Home

A 20-yard field goal by Wartburg's Marcus Williams with 57 seconds remaining in the game, secured a 24-21 victory for the Knights in Carlson Stadium.

After trailing 21-7 after the first quarter, Luther pulled to within a touchdown with 3:17 left in the third frame. Alex Hain, who rushed for 85 yards, capped off the nine-play, 76-yard drive with a two-yard plunge.

Rich Vickers forced Knight's running back Reese Thompson to fumble, that was recovered by Keaton Palo at the 50-yard line, that set up Luther's tying touchdown. Eight plays later, Chris Reynolds connected with Steven Thompson on a five-yard pass, that leveled the score at 21-21 with 3:35 left in the game. 

Chris Reynolds completed his career with 134 yards rushing on 19 carries. He also was 18-of-32 for 144 yards and two touchdowns. Reynolds connected with Dalen Dirth and Thompson six times each. 

Drew Helle caught Reynolds first touchdown pass of the afternoon, a nine-yard toss in the right corner of the end zone, at the 14:11 mark of the first quarter.

All-American Kyle McGivney, who set the NCAA III career tackles record last week, was credited with 11 this afternoon. He also picked off a Dan Stiefel pass in the end zone and returned it 57-yards midway through the second quarter. McGivney completed his career with 546 tackles, that ranks second on the all-divisions career list. Boomer Grigsby, Illinois State holds the record with 550.

Donterrious Porter was also credited with 11 tackles. Porter also returned four kick-offs for 113 yards, with a long of 56.

"I am extremely proud of how our team continued to compete throughout the afternoon," stated Head Coach Mike Durnin.  "Being down 21 - 7 after the first quarter was difficult, but the players never lost belief in themselves, their teammates or the plan.  Our defense did a great job of creating takeaways throughout this contest and throughout the year.

This senior class took a big chance four years ago with a new coach and I am thankful for their efforts. They have definitely laid a great foundation for championship years ahead."   

Box score

The loss ends Luther's season with a record of 3-5 in the Iowa Conference, 3-7 overall. Wartburg moved to 6-2 in league play, 8-2 overall.

WR

Senior

Houston, Minn.

Houston

WR

Junior

Earlville, Iowa

Maquoketa Valley

QB

Senior

West Des Moines, Iowa

Valley

DB

Sophomore

Greene, Iowa

North Butler

WR

Senior

Apple Valley, Minn.

Apple Valley

DB

Senior

Waterloo, Iowa

Waterloo West

LB

Senior

Apple River, Ill.

Warren

DL

Sophomore

Apple Valley, Minn.

Eastview

RB

First Year

Stewartville, Minn.

Stewartville

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