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Wartburg wins Iowa Conference football title with OT win over Dubuque

WAVERLY (KWWL)-- Wartburg freshman running back Lamar Harvey of Robins, Ill., picked a great time to turn in a key effort for the Knights Saturday, Nov. 8.

Harvey, becoming the first Orange and Black rusher to go over 200 yards in a game since Andy Parker did so in the 2004 campaign, carried the ball 40 times for 214 yards and scored two touchdowns in Wartburg's 20-13 overtime win over the University of Dubuque. The victory, coupled with a 23-14 Central win over Buena Vista, gave head coach Rick Willis' squad its first outright Iowa Conference title since 2003.

The visiting Spartans (2-7 overall, 1-6 IIAC) made it tough on their hosts. UD held a 7-0 lead with less than a minute remaining in the opening quarter, going 51 yards in nine plays with sophomore running back Derek DeVries going in from one yard out. They didn't relinquish the advantage, until the Knights took advantage of a fumble and marched 37 yards in six plays with Harvey going in from three yards out for a 10-7 lead with 5:29 to go in the third period.

After senior place kicker Spencer Herzberg of Iowa Falls hit his second field goal of the game for a 13-7 margin inside the final four minutes, head coach Vince Brautigam's team took off on a 10-play, 60-yard drive. Junior quarterback Colton Hansen rolled out to his right on a fourth down call and found senior wide receiver Jeanriles Metezier in the back of the end zone for a 30-yard touchdown strike, tying the game at 13-13. A penalty, prior to the extra point try, moved UD back 15 yards with the attempt going wide left.

Wartburg had first crack in overtime. Harvey didn't wait long, breaking an 18-yard scoring scamper up the middle of the field. Leading 20-13, the Knights' defense stepped up and shut down Dubuque on four plays to preserve the win.

The Knights finished with 364 yards of total offense. Junior quarterback Nick Yordi threw for 114, while the rushing attack amassed 250. Senior tight end Ryan Hoerner of Epworth was Yordi's favorite target with five receptions for 66 yards. On defense, junior linebacker Tyson Sulzberger of Muscatine ended with 13 tackles, while senior defensive back Marcus Hemesath of Watkins added 10.

Hansen led the UD offense by rushing for 161 yards. He also threw for 101. Defensively, three Spartans finished in double figures, tackle-wise, led by sophomore outside linebacker JaJuan Burton and senior linebacker Jeremy Laskowski with 14 each.

NOTES: Wartburg also gained the IIAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III playoffs. It will be their first appearance since 2004. Saturday's win was the Knights' fifth straight.


Courtesy: Mark Adkins, WartburgSports Information Director

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