Fourth-and-goal plays loomed large for the Central College football team Saturday but this time it was the defense that delivered as the No. 16 Dutch escaped with a 41-27 victory at the University of Dubuque in the Iowa Conference opener Saturday.
Quarterback Nate Snead whose running rallied the Dutch from an 11-point deficit in the game’s final 6 minutes, muscled his way into the end zone with1:05 remaining on fourth down and goal from inside the 1 yard line and No. 25-ranked Central knocked off No. 7 Wisconsin.-Stevens Point 22-21 Saturday afternoon in the Dutch home opener . Wisconsin.-Stevens Point has a veteran club and played like it, particularly in the first half, outgaining Central 193 yards to 69 and leading 7-0 at intermission. The Dutch were limited to just nine yards rushing in the first half, however the Dutch offense came alive in the second half. Snead finished with 90 yards rushing, including 84 yards on 19 second-half carries with three touchdowns. Snead’s one-yard rush capped a four-play, 50-yard drive on Central’s first drive of the second half to make it 7-7. Then a 40-yard Jake Viggers field goal with 6:49 left in the third quarter gave Central a 10-7 lead. Wisconsin Steven Point then score back to back touchdowns to re gain the advantage 21-10, but Central came back with an 11-play, 56-yard drive with Snead scoring from three yards out with 5:06 left. The Dutch defense gave Central a final shot at its own 41-yard line with 3:14 remaining. A 30-yard strike from Snead to his brother Jeremy Snead was the pivotal play of the drive, giving the Dutch first down at the 8-yard line. Following Snead’s touchdown, Wis.-Stevens Point drove to the Central 37 but under heavy pressure, Beckwith’s final pass fell incomplete as time ran out. Central is 2-0 and opens Iowa Conference play on the road next Saturday, traveling to the University. of Dubuque for a 1 p.m. game.
The Central College Men’s golf team was in fourth-place after the first round of the Mount Mercy Cropper Classic yesterday. In their first action of the season, the Dutch were led by junior Jason Harvey, who shot a 69 and is in second place individually going into today’s final round. On the women’s side, two top-three performances have the Dutch in a tie for first place with the host team through the first round of the Wartburg Fall Invitational. Senior Eva Downes fired a career-best 73 and is tied for first individually, while sophomore Sarah Paulson is in third place after carding a 77. That tournament also resumes today.
Yesterday was a tough day for the Central College soccer teams, as both squads faced strong teams from Gustavus Adolphus. The men’s squad fell just short in their bid to upset the nationally-ranked Gusties, as Gustavus Adolphus eeked out a 1-0 win in overtime. On the women’s side, three goals in the second half put plenty of distance between the Gusties and the Dutch, as Central fell 4-0.
Central College rallied for a five-set win over St. Catherine University and captured the University. of Wisconsin.-Superior Invitational volleyball title Saturday Central is 7-2 overall and opens Iowa Conference play Tuesday with a match at Wartburg College in Waverly at 7:30 p.m.