MacTaggart and Otdoerfer Score in Upper Iowa Game

A couple former area high school football standouts had some key plays for Upper Iowa on Saturday as the Peacocks took on Southwest Minnesota State University in a road game. Early in the game, former West Delaware athlete and Upper Iowa redshirt sophomore Trey MacTaggart returned a punt 91 yards for a touchdown, answering the Mustangs after they opened the game with a touchdown. Upper Iowa made a field goal on their next possession, pushing them ahead 10-7. The lead went back and forth throughout the game, with Upper Iowa leading 17-14 entering the fourth quarter. Southwest Minnesota State came from behind to give themselves a 28-17 lead with just over six minutes to play in the game. Upper Iowa took over and covered 78 yards in 10 plays to pull within three, 28-25, as the clock moved to just over three minutes. Former Starmont standout and Upper Iowa redshirt sophomore Vinnie Otdoerfer took the ball into the endzone from a yard out and teammate Evan Dornink dove through the middle for a two-point conversion as the Peacocks kept hope alive. But it wasn’t enough to win, as time ran out and the Peacocks lost 28-25. The loss was Upper Iowa’s first on the season as they fall to 5-1 overall and 1-1 in their division.