By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
The Wartburg College Knights traveled to Bloomington Illinois on Saturday and came away with a convincing 41-7 trouncing of No. 13 Illinois Wesleyan in the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs. The Knights, who improved their record to 9-2, dominated the Titans on the ground, amassing 274 yards rushing, while holding IWU to minus five. West Delaware 2012 graduate Brandon Domeyer, a sophomore running back from Manchester, scored three touchdowns garnering 161 yards on 34 carries.
It wasn’t just the offense that was red-hot for the Knights on the 24-degree day, the Iowa Conference intercepted four passes and recovered three fumbles — with four of the takeaways stopping IWU drives in Wartburg territory. Another former West Delaware Hawk chipped in from the special teams department as kicker Michael Bohlke had 5 point after touchdown kicks.
The Knights will advance on to the Twin Cities this Saturday, Nov. 30th to face Bethel University of St. Paul, which defeated them in the second game of the season, 30-17. No. 6 Bethel blasted St. Scholastica of Duluth, 70-13, in the Metrodome on Saturday.