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Iowa Wesleyan drops home opener

MT. VERNON — Iowa Wesleyan’s first game of the season was spoiled by a staunch defensive effort from Cornell. The hosting Rams held the Tigers to just 166 total yards and six points. IW dropped the game 33-6.

Cornell struck on two 40-plus yard touchdowns in the first quarter. The Rams scored on a 40-yard rushing touchdown by Peni Waqairatu and a 41-yard touchdown reception by Isaak Hahn. After one quarter, it was 14-0 Cornell.

The Tiger defense answered the call in the second quarter, allowing just three points on a 25-yard field goal. The offense, however, couldn’t find their rhythm and Cornell rode a 17-0 lead into halftime.

Cornell scored 16 points in the third quarter to put the game away. The Tigers finally got on the board early in the fourth quarter when Andy Wilson found Ryan Hampton on a five-yard touchdown pass, Wilson’s only pass attempt of the game.

IW starter Carter Colby went 13-25 for 113 yards in the loss. His favorite receiver was Jacob Santos, who caught four passes for 40 yards.

Jacquez Hall led the Tigers’ rushing attack. He gained 58 yards on 16 attempts.

Austin McBeth made some noise on special teams. The New London graduate returned three kicks for a total of 116 yards.

The defense was led by Marco Ventura, who had 13 tackles on the day. Austin Ferguson finished with 10 tackles. Gunner Martin and Dalton Hanson each had one fumbel recovery.

The Tigers will try and pick up their first win of the year on Saturday, Sept. 14, in Galesburg, Illinois, when they hit the road to take on Knox College.