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Self-Inflicted Mistakes Dooms KWU at Hastings

Mike Hammett - September 8, 2013 12:40 pm

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Self-inflicted wounds cost Kansas Wesleyan dearly in a 38-20 season opening loss at Hastings on Saturday night.
The Coyotes committed five turnovers in the game and seven penalties for 84 yards, including a costly personal foul penalty which negated a first down as the Coyotes were driving in Hastings territory, down just four in the fourth quarter.
The Coyotes were forced to punt after the penalty took them out of field goal range, and Hastings added two more touchdowns to put the game out of reach.
The Coyotes committed their first turnover on the first play of the game, when Trey Dallas’ pass was intercepted by Garrett Griffith. Hastings would give it right back to the Coyotes on a fumble.
After a Coyote punt, Hastings got on the board on Jake Fowler’s 5-yard touchdown run, putting the Broncos up 7-0.
After the teams traded punts and interceptions, the Coyotes jumped on the board with Terry Stecker’s 25-yard field goal, cutting the lead to 7-3 with 14:50 to go in the first half.
The Coyotes would turn the ball over on the next two possessions, but forced a fumble and two Hastings punts in the process.
KWU would then take its first lead of the game when Taylor Sachs followed a 52-yard run with a 1-yard scoring plunge, putting the Coyotes up 10-7 with 2:13 to play in the half.
Hastings would answer, marching right down the field in four plays to answer, as Matt Overmiller hit Austin Curlee for a 23-yard touchdown, giving Hastings a 14-10 lead with 1:08 to go in the half.
KWU wasn’t done in the half, the Coyotes mounted a quick strike drive, ending the half with Stecker’s 31-yard field goal, closing within 14-13 at the break.
In the second half, Hastings added a 25-yard field goal by Owain Hickey to build a 17-13 lead.
KWU answered back as Dallas hit Zach McClain for a 22-yard touchdown, giving Wesleyan one last lead at 21-17.
Hastings scored on the ensuing drive, as Ramiro Flores ran in from 16-yards out to put the Broncos up for good at 24-20.
Sachs had quite the debut as a starting running back, rushing for 185 yards on 27 carries, including a touchdown. Sachs also caught five passes for 65 yards.
Dallas finished 25-for-48 passing for 223 yards, a touchdown and four interceptions. McClain was the leading receiver with seven grabs for 66 yards and a touchdown. Dallas set the KWU career record for completed passes, while McClain set the KWU record for career receptions.
The Coyotes are 0-1 and host Evangel in the KCAC-Heart of America Athletic Confernce Crossover Series next week at Salina Stadium. Kickoff is at 6pm. Pregame coverage begins at 5:50 on Classic Hits 104.9.

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