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HIGHLIGHTS: KWU Cruises Past Saint Mary

Mike Hammett - November 9, 2013 5:30 pm

The Kansas Wesleyan football team took control of Saturday’s game against Saint Mary early, and cruised to a 27-14 win over the Spires at Salina Stadium.

KWU forced Saint Mary to punt on the opening drive, and the Coyotes needed just three plays to score, as Trey Dallas hit Zach McClain for a 50-yard touchdown pass to give the Coyotes an early 7-0 lead.

The teams would trade possessions before the Spires drove inside the Coyote 10-yard line. Kenny Diaz would intercept a pass from Josh Ervin and return it all the way to the Spire 16-yard line. It set up a 30-yard field goal by Terry Stecker, and gave the Coyotes a 10-0 lead after a quarter.

The teams traded possessions again before the Spires scored on a 27-yard run by Will Ryan to cut the Coyote lead to 10-7 with 6:48 to go in the half.

Kansas Wesleyan would respond on the next drive, running 15 plays over 69 yards and taking 5:55 off the clock. Taylor Sachs scored on a 6-yard run to push the Coyote led to 17-7 at halftime.

In the second half, an interception by Marc Porras set up a 25-yard touchdown pass from Dallas to Albert Geason, as KWU led 24-7.

The Coyotes got their final points early in the fourth quarter when Stecker snuck a 45-yard field goal just over the cross bar to give KWU a 27-7 lead.

Saint Mary would add another score midway through the fourth quarter on Thomas Grossman’s 6-yard touchdown pass to Jerrell Young, cutting the KWU lead to 27-14 with 8:27 left. However, Saint Mary was unable to threaten again as the Coyotes held on.

Sachs paced the Coyotes with 210 yards rushing on 34 carries. Dallas was 13-of-27 passing for 174 yards and two touchdowns. McClain had two catches for 56 yards and a score while Blaine Ruiz had four catches for 40 yards. Brady Harwell led the Coyote defense with 12 tackles.

Grossman was 15-for-33 passing for 149 yards, a touchdown and an interception for Saint Mary. Ervin was 8-for-16 passing for 81 yards and two interceptions before exiting the game. Will Ryan picked up 57 yards rushing on eight carries, while Jacob Pruger caught six passes for 108 yards.  Dwain Taylor led the Spire defense with 11 tackles.

KWU had 394 yards of offense to 327 for USM. The Coyotes had a fairly balanced attack, gaining 220 yards on the ground and 174 through the air. Saint Mary had 97 yards rushing to 230 yards passing.

The Coyotes and Spires are both 4-6 on the season and 3-5 in the KCAC. Kansas Wesleyan hosts Sterling at Salina Stadium to end the season next week.

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