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Turnovers, Mistakes Haunt KWU in Loss to Friends

Mike Hammett - October 5, 2013 11:44 pm

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The Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes dropped their third straight game on Saturday night, falling to Friends 45-22 at Salina Stadium.

The Coyotes committed six turnovers in the loss.

Friends opened the game with a 22-yard field goal by Ky Nixon to take a 3-0 lead.

The Coyotes would get an answer later in the first quarter, when Trey Dallas hit Zach McClain for a 63-yard touchdown pass. The touchdown reception by McClain set a new school record for touchdown receptions with 23.

Friends responded on the ensuing drive, as Aaron Hansen hit Lewis Taylor for a nine yard touchdown pass, giving Friends a 10-7 lead after a quarter.

It was the first of four straight touchdown drives for the Falcons.

Friends scored on a two-yard keeper by Hansen, a 36-yard pass by Hansen to Chris Allen, and a one-yard run by Cameron Brandon to lead 31-7 with 2:21 to go in the half.

The Coyotes slowed the bleeding when Dallas connected with Joe Vela for an 18-yard touchdown pass, cutting the Friends lead to 31-14 at halftime.

KWU fumbled the opening kickoff of the second half, setting Friends up with the football at the Coyote 28 yard line. Five plays later, Jesse Rogers scored on a six-yard run, putting the Falcons up 38-14.

Wesleyan would add a late score on a 28-yard touchdown pass from Dallas to Korey Winn, but Friends answered two plays later with Rogers’ 70-yard run for a score.

The Coyotes picked up 374 yards as a team, with 297 coming through the air. Dallas was 16-for-49 passing for 297 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. Taylor Sachs had 17 carries for 68 yards.

Hansen was 11-of-29 passing for 131 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for Friends. Thomas Hankerson had 199 yards on 28 carries, while Rogers added 92 yards and two scores on eight carries.

Friends improves to 4-1 overall, 3-0 in the KCAC.

Kansas Wesleyan drops to 1-4 overall, 0-3 in the KCAC. The Coyotes are at Tabor next Saturday.

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