|Iowa Wesleyan (1-1)||0||21||13||7||41|
|Mount Pleasant, IA|
|CROWN||Indv. Leaders||Iowa Wesleyan|
|#22 Chicoate - 107||Rushing||#28 Jacquez Hall - 117|
|#13 Synoground, R. - 95||Passing||#16 Alex Payne - 267|
|#10 McIntosh - 47||Receiving||#1 Rodolfo Amezcua - 103|
|CROWN||Team Statistics||Iowa Wesleyan|
Mount Pleasant, Iowa - September 9, 2017 - Iowa Wesleyan opened Upper Midwest Athletic Conference play this afternoon in their first home game of the season. In a game that featured a lot of offense by both teams, the Tigers were able to secure a 41-34 win over Crown College.
Both teams played solid defense in the opening quarter of play as neither Crown or IW were able to get on the board. Iowa Wesleyan's offense started to gain momentum late in the quarter, but were unable to finish the drive before the clock ran out.
It took just three plays for the Tigers to finish the drive and get on the board. Alex Payne (SR/Richards, MO) connected with Rudy Amezcua for a 19 yard completion for the first touchdown of the game. Jeremy Scholbrock (FR/Aurora, MO)'s extra point attempt was successful, and the Tigers took a 7-0 lead. Crown came back and scored on the next drive, but failed to make the extra point.
Iowa Wesleyan came out in the next possession and were driving down the field, but Crown returned an interception for a touchdown. The Storm missed another extra point, but they took a 12-7 lead with the pick-six.
The Storm lead did not last long as the Tigers scored on their next drive. Their drive lasted nine plays, and Akenyon Bagley (FR/Sylvester, GA) punched in a four yard rush for the touchdown.
Crown answered with touchdown to go up 20-14, and Iowa Wesleyan's next drive started with 4:06 remaining in the half. Akenyon Bagley caught a two yard reception from Alex Payne, and Scholbrock's extra point was good. The Tigers took a 20-21 lead with 56 seconds left in the half.
The adjustments that both teams made during halftime seemed to work for the beginning of the third quarter. Crown was the first to finally break through in the third quarter, scoring with 6:36 remaining. They took a 26-21 lead after failing to convert on a two point conversion. Iowa Wesleyan answered with a 10 yard reception by Rudy Amezcua with 4:27 remaining.
The opening drive of the fourth quarter resulted in a touchdown for the Storm to tie the game up at 34-34. Both offenses would come up empty for most of the quarter until Iowa Wesleyan took over with 5:32 remaining in the game. The Tigers drove the ball down the field, and Alex Payne capped the drive with a two yard rush to put IW up 41-34 with just over two minutes remaining. Crown entered four down territory and were looking to extend the drive, but Kameron Banks (FR/Grand Bay, AL) came up with a huge sack to seal the win for Iowa Wesleyan.
Alex Payne threw for 267 yards after completing 27-42 passing on attempts. Payne finished with three touchdowns through the air and added one rushing touchdown in the win. Jacquez Hall rushed for 122 yards on 14 carries and one touchdown. Rudy Amezcua was the leading receiver with eight receptions for 103 yards and two touchdowns.
The defense was led by Travaughn Durr (FR/Dallas, TX), who finished with nine solo tackles and five assisted tackles for a total of 14 tackles in the game. Austin Ferguson (SO/Pocatella, ID) finished with 11 tackles. Wallace Williams (FR/Dublin, GA) forced a fumble, and Adrian Walker (SO/St.Louis, MO) had one interception in the game.
Iowa Wesleyan will be on the road for their next two games, but will be back at home on September 30th for a 6 pm kickoff against Eureka College.
Tiger Athletics: Iowa Wesleyan University strives to provide its student-athletes the opportunity to be successful in life and sports. Engaged in the SLIAC and UMAC Conferences, Tiger athletics is a proud member of NCAA Division III.