Patrick Poetsch (#32) barrels near the goal line in the second quarter Saturday. Photo courtesy Emily Situ
Patrick Poetsch (#32) barrels near the goal line in the second quarter Saturday. Photo courtesy Emily Situ
Football - Sun, Oct. 2, 2011
IWC steamrolls Wright State for football win
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Iowa Wesleyan
Wright State University
MOUNT PLEASANT - Ridge Hobbs (So.-New London, Iowa) caught three touchdown passes and the Iowa Wesleyan College football team easily defeated Wright State (Ohio) 58-7 Saturday afternoon at Mapleleaf Stadium.

IWC built a 42-0 lead at halftime and cruised to the win, piling up 538 yards of offense. The Tiger defense also recovered eight turnovers from the Raiders

Quarterback Kevin McConnell (Jr.-Kansas City, Mo.) completed 20 of 24 passes for 336 yards and three touchdowns in one half of play. All three of his touchdown passes went to Hobbs, who caught four passes for 139 yards.

The highlight was a 95-yard connection between the two that gave the Tigers a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter. Hobbs also caught touchdown passes of six and 27 yards in the first half.

Kenyon Morgan (Fr.-Gainesville, Texas) also rushed for a pair of touchdowns in the first half, opening the scoring with a two-yard plunge less than two minutes into the game and adding a six-yard scamper midway through the second quarter. Patrick Poetsch (Fr.-Remscheid, Germany) also barreled in for a first half touchdown as well, scoring from two yards out to make it 42-0 with 3:50 left in the first half.

The Wesleyan defense forced or recovered four turnovers from the Raiders in the first half. Tarvis Gordon (Jr.-Sanford, Fla.) recovered a fumble early in the first quarter to set up IWC's second score, and Cameron Jones (Sr.-O'Fallon, Mo.), Jesse Carbajal (Jr.-San Jose, Calif.) and Elijah Albert (Jr.-Richmond, Calif.) all intercepted passes.

The Tigers continued to turn the Raiders over in the second half, as Carbajal added a second interception and Edward Amadi (Jr.-Garland, Texas), Aaron Wagoner (Jr.-Roseville, Calif.) and Dashon Ellison (Jr.-Paterson, N.J.) all recovered fumbles, including Ellison recovering a fumbled WSU punt return in the fourth quarter.

Brett Brodersen (Jr.-Visalia, Calif.) and Jared Cross (Fr.-Normal, Ill.) added rushing touchdowns in the second half, with Brodersen scoring from 17 yards out in the third quarter and Cross tacking on a 14-yard score in the fourth.

Brodersen rushed for 62 yards and also kicked a 26-yard field goal. Poetsch added 39 yards rushing, while Cross and Morgan rushed for 37 and 34 yards, respectively.

Buddy Guastella (Jr.-Yorba Linda, Calif.) led Wesleyan receivers with six receptions and caught passes for a total of 102 yards. Chase Taylor (Jr.-LaPorte, Colo.) added five receptions for 32 yards and Matthew Vidales (Jr.-Los Angeles, Calif.) added four catches for 51 yards.

Tony Fuiava (Jr.-Pago Pago, American Samoa) and Zach Ray (Jr.-Springfield, Ill.) led the IWC defense with five tackles each. A total of 11 different players registered tackles for losses against the Raiders.

Trevor Luckenbill scored the lone touchdown for Wright State, a club team that fell to 2-1 this year. The Dayton, Ohio, university is a member of NCAA Division I in its varsity sports.

Iowa Wesleyan gets back into Mid-States Football Association play next Saturday when it faces Trinity International (Ill.) University at 1 p.m. in Deerfield, Ill.