IW football team shut out in final game

Tigers finish 1-9 after 28-0 loss at Northwestern

The Iowa Wesleyan football team played their final game of the season Saturday afternoon. They took on the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, Minn., in a 12 p.M. kickoff. IW’s offense stalled in their final game with the Tigers suffering a 28-0 loss to the Eagles.

The offenses of both teams struggled to get the ball moving in the opening period. The Tigers had the ball three times in the first quarter, but they could not take advantage of their drives. IW punted twice and lost possession after an interception on offense. Iowa Wesleyan’s defense kept the Eagles in check as well, which led to a scoreless first quarter.

Northwestern was able to get on the board in the second quarter. They ran 12 plays and ended their drive with a nine yard rush for the first touchdown of the game. The touchdown was the only score of the second period, and Iowa Wesleyan would head to the locker room trailing by just seven points.

Iowa Wesleyan’s offensive struggles continued in the third quarter. The Tigers fumbled on their first possession of the second half. Their other drives ended on a turnover on downs and a punt. The Eagles were able to find the end zone twice in the third quarter to extend their lead to 21-0.

Northwestern scored on their first drive of the fourth quarter to bring the score to 28-0. That proved to be the only score of the quarter as the Tigers were forced to punt twice and turned the ball over with an interception.

Stafford Lewis led the Tiger offense in rushing with 14 carries for 53 yards. Kyle Divelbiss caught two passes for 57 yards, one of which was a 32 yard reception. Harrison McIntyre punted seven times for 247 yards for the Tigers. He averaged 35.3 yards per punt and had one land inside the 20 yard line.

On defense, Iowa Wesleyan was led by Luke Wells. Wells recorded 13 total tackles and had one tackles for a loss of three yards. Jaiya Garcia added 10 tackles with 1.5 tackles for a loss of three yards.

Iowa Wesleyan ended the season with an overall record of 1-9 and went 1-7 in conference play.