Wartburg Loses First Football Game of Season in Playoffs

wartburgfbWHITEWATER, Wis.– The fifth-ranked Wartburg football team had its first loss of the season in the 37-33 game to top-ranked UW-Whitewater Saturday afternoon.

The Knights ended the season with a school-record 12 wins. They also set new records in points, yardage and others that will be confirmed once the stats are finalized.

In the game, junior Michael Bohlke (Manchester), classmate Logan Schrader (Killdeer, Ill.) and senior Taylor Jacobsmeier (Wapello) set new single-game NCAA Tournament records.

Bohlke had four field goals which broke the old mark of two set by Spencer Herzberg against UW-Stevens Point in 2008. His total also marked a new career-best.

Schrader threw for 358 yards to break his old NCAA tournament school record of 347 set against Bethel in the Sweet Sixteen.

Jacobsmeier had 181 receiving yards to break the NCAA tournament record of 148 set by Justin Vetter against UW-Stevens Point in 2008. This also marked a career-best for him.

Junior Brandon Domeyer (Manchester) led the team on the ground with 111 yards.

In the first quarter, the Knights scored on all three possessions to take the 13-6 lead.

The Orange and Black added to its margin in the second quarter as they scored on their first two drives. Whitewater brought the margin to one score on its second drive of the quarter. Wartburg led 19-13 at halftime.

In the second half, the Warhawks got the ball and drove down field, but were held to a field goal to make the score 19-16. The Knights answered on their ensuing drive to go ahead 26-16 as Schrader kept it himself for the 11-yard score.

On the next drive, UW-Whitewater was sacked and then had a 15-yard penalty to back the ball up to the UWW 46. The Warhawks chose to go for it on fourth-and-one but were unable to convert to turn the ball over to the Orange and Black on their own 36-yard line.

The Knights capitalized on the short field to as Jacobsmeier caught a 12-yard pass from Schroeder in the deep left corner of the endzone to make the score 33-16.

In the fourth quarter, UW-Whitewater scored on a 57-yard TD run and after a Wartburg fumble, scored again to bring the margin to three, 33-30 with 6:10 to go.

The Knights went three and out to give the ball back to the Warhawks, which they drove 89-yards on eight plays for the eventual game-winning touchdown.

(Story courtesy of Katie Jo Kuhens via Wartburg College website)