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REIVER DEFENSE PICKS ON CHAPARRALS ALL DAY
GLEN ELLYN, Ill. – Iowa Western made sure there would be no miracle comeback this time.
A week ago, the College of DuPage trailed Iowa Central 35-7 in the second half, but rallied with 35 unanswered points for an improbable 42-35 victory.
On Saturday, Iowa Western also had its way early with the Chaparrals. But the Reivers didn’t allow DuPage any designs on getting back in the game. Iowa Western blasted the Chaparrals 52-7 at Bob MacDougall Field.
The Reivers led 38-7 at the half and didn’t allow any openings after the break, pleasing coach Scott Strohmeier.
“When it’s 38-7 you might lose a little bit of focus, and I thought for the most part our guys kept their focus for four quarters,” he said.
The Reivers, rated sixth nationally in the latest juco poll, improved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the Midwest Football Conference, while dropping DuPage to 3-1 and 1-1.
The point total and offensive numbers were impressive, but Iowa Western’s defense was the story of the day. Last week, DuPage quarterback Bobby Vega finished 37 of 47 for 511 yards and four touchdowns. He had been averaging 360.3 passing yards per game and hitting on 74 percent of his attempts.
On Saturday, Vega finished 13 of 30 (43.3 percent) for 78 yards and four interceptions with no touchdowns. Making picks were Micah Berg, Andrew Brown, Drake Ferch and Tyrrell Miller.
Strohmeier said his defensive line also deserves credit for taking Vega out of his comfort zone.
“The front four, we got them out of their passing game,” Strohmeier said. “They had probably three favorite plays, and we repped them and repped them and repped them, and our guys stopped them. They didn’t really have an answer to it, so credit our defensive line.”
Iowa Western established its running game early and often. Freshman Aaron Wimberly was a workhorse in the first half, carrying 18 times for 92 yards and a touchdown before the intermission. Wimberly finished with 24 carries for 117 yards.
Rodney Coe, a 265-pound running back who was returning to his home state, and tight end Ryan Hubbell each figured in a pair of scores late in the first half.
Coe scored on a 10-yard touchdown run, and then made a 6-yard jump pass to Hubbell for another score, surprising the defense and putting the Reivers up 31-7 with 4:02 left in the first half.
“We put that in this week and worked on it,” Hubbell said. “We knew it would be there. Coach pulled the trigger on it and we got it.”
Hubbell closed the first-half scoring on an 8-yard touchdown reception from Jake Waters.
Waters turned in a solid game after working around a pair of early interceptions, his first two of the year. The 6-2, 215-pound sophomore out of St. Albert finished 12 of 20 through the air for 123 yards and two scores, to go with the two picks. He also carried nine times for 56 yards, including a 47-yard burst that set up another Reiver score.
“He’s growing as a QB,” Strohmeier said. “You don’t go a whole season without throwing an interception, so let’s get them out here in a 52-7 game.”
Iowa Western finished with 370 total yards, 241 on the ground and 129 through the air. DuPage ended with just 218 total yards.
DuPage scored its only touchdown on the first play of the second quarter, ending a streak of nine scoreless quarters for the Reiver defense.
All in all, an outstanding perfomance from Iowa Western.
“The guys came out from the beginning and had a little chip on their shoulder,” Strohmeier said. “I don’t know if there’s ever a perfect game, but we’re making strides.”
Iowa Western (4-0, 2-0) 14 24 14 0 – 52
College of DuPage (3-1, 1-1) 0 7 0 0 – 7
IWCC: Jake Waters 1 run (Cody Dickson kick)
IWCC: Aaron Wimberly 24 run (Dickson kick)
DuPage: Darnell Ratcliff 2 run (Christian Lainez kick)
IWCC: FG Dickson 32
IWCC: Rodney Coe 10 run (Dickson kick)
IWCC: Ryan Hubbell 6 pass from Coe (Dickson kick)
IWCC: Hubbell 8 pass from Waters (Dickson kick)
IWCC: Will Frantzen 11 pass from Waters (Dickson kick)
IWCC: Coe 1 run (Dickson kick)
IWCC - Wimberly 24-117, J. Waters 9-62, Coe 9-36, Wes Smith 1-17, Evan Williams 7-13
IWCC - J. Waters 12-20-2 130, Coe 1-1-0 6.
IWCC - Hubbell 3-20, Andrew Stone 2-24, Glen Lewis 2-18, M. Waters 1-28, Coe 1-15, Smith
1-13, Frantzen 1-11, Devin Thomas 1-6, Wimberly 1-1.