Football Lose to Dutch in Final Game of 2017
Nov 11, 2017
PELLA, Iowa - Saturday's winner would finish second in the Iowa Conference, the University of Dubuque and the Central Dutch both wanted the victory and a 7-3 finish. UD would fight from behind all afternoon with the host Dutch holding the lead for a majority of the contest in a 21-38 Spartan loss at Schipper Stadium.
Central scored first and UD responded on a seven yard pass from Michael Briscoe to Emanuel Jenkins to tie the game 7-7. The Dutch used just 1:51 on six plays to score on a nine yard run to re-gain the lead 14-7. UD's Michael Joseph returning kicks for the first time this season, quickly showed his depth and ran untouched for a 96 yard kickoff return touchdown to tie the mage at 14-14 to end the first quarter. Central scored with 4:51 left in second to finish opening half with a 21-14 lead.
UD held the opening drive of the Dutch in the second half to a field goal with 11:51 left in third. UD's Dwayne Allen Jr. scored on a four yard run at 6:05 of the third to cut the Dutch lead to just three points 21-24. The quarter would end with UD within striking distance as scored would stay at 21-24.
The Spartans three drives in the fourth quarter would end with a turnover on downs, a fumble, and an interception as the Dutch would capitalize and on two of the three for a score to extend their lead to 38-21 with 5:04 left of the season. The victory moved the Dutch to second place in the IIAC standings with a 7-3 record overall and a 6-2 record in the IIAC. The Spartans end their season 6-4 overall and 4-4 in the IIAC, tied for fourth in the standings.
|Score by Quarters||1||2||3||4||Score|
|Dubuque, Univ. of||14||0||7||0||21|
|SCORING SUMMARY||DBQ -CEN|
|1st||11:03||CEN||Kyle Gritsch 31 yd pass from Blaine Hawkins (Jon Alberts kick)|
|6 plays, 48 yards, TOP 2:20||0 - 7|
|03:16||DBQ||Emanuel Jenkins 7 yd pass from Michael Briscoe (B. Neuendorf kick)|
|17 plays, 84 yards, TOP 6:02||7 - 7|
|01:20||CEN||Pat Gray 9 yd run (Jon Alberts kick)|
|6 plays, 52 yards, TOP 1:51||7 - 14|
|01:07||DBQ||Michael Joseph 96 yd kickoff return (B. Neuendorf kick)|
|14 - 14|
|2nd||04:51||CEN||Kyle Gritsch 1 yd run (Jon Alberts kick)|
|9 plays, 46 yards, TOP 2:46||14 - 21|
|3rd||11:51||CEN||Jon Alberts 24 yd field goal|
|9 plays, 73 yards, TOP 3:04||14 - 24|
|06:05||DBQ||D. Allen Jr. 4 yd run (B. Neuendorf kick)|
|11 plays, 53 yards, TOP 5:42||21 - 24|
|4th||11:26||CEN||D. Groezinger 10 yd pass from Blaine Hawkins (Jon Alberts kick)|
|10 plays, 57 yards, TOP 3:30||21 - 31|
|05:04||CEN||Sam Markham 22 yd pass from Blaine Hawkins (Jon Alberts kick)|
|9 plays, 70 yards, TOP 4:07||21 - 38|