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#23 Saints Cruise to 31-10 Victory Over Indiana Wesleyan

Photo Courtesy of Laura Harvey
Photo Courtesy of Laura Harvey

ADRIAN, Mich. -- The 23rd-ranked Siena Heights football team cruised to a 31-10 victory over Indiana Wesleyan at O'Laughlin Field on Saturday afternoon. Tyler Knecht had a solid game at quarterback for the Saints completing 10-19 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing).

THE BASICS

Final Score: Siena Heights 31, Indiana Wesleyan 10

Location: Adrian, Michigan (O'Laughlin Stadium)

Records: Siena Heights (6-1), Indiana Wesleyan (5-2)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Adam Glanders capped a three-play drive with an eight-yard touchdown reception from Knecht to put the Saints up 7-0 with 5:54 left in the first quarter. D'aries Davis doubled the SHU lead with his first touchdown run of the season when he scored from two yards out with 2:18 remaining on the clock in the opening 15 minutes.

Jared Jordan scored a one-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter to put the Saints up 21-0. Brady Tanguay finished a 13-play drive with a 34-yard field goal to give Siena the 24-0 lead at halftime.

The Wildcats got on the board with 10:46 remaining in the third quarter after Amaun Clark tallied a 10-yard touchdown run that completed a seven-play, 52-yard drive. Ben VonGunten drilled a 35-yard field goal to cut the Saint lead to 14 points with 5:01 left in the third.

Knecht tallied the final score with a one-yard run with 12:41 left in the fourth quarter.

TOP SAINTS

Offense

 

• Davis finished with 73 yards on 11 carries for an average of 6.6 yards a touch while tallying his first rushing touchdown of the year.

• Jordan had 24 rushes for 72 yards and one touchdown.

Damon Wright Jr. hauled in four catches for 47 yards.

Adam Glanders had three receptions for 41 yards and a score.

Defense

• Griffen Sobol led the Saints defense with 11 tackles and an interception.

Andrew Loria finished with six tackles, 0.5 tackle for loss, and one pass break up.

Kole Murlin tallied two sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss.

Special Teams

• Tanguay was 1/2 in field goals and a perfect 4/4 in extra points.

Caleb Meister punted four times for 156 yards and pinned one punt inside the 20.

Brock Quinlan had six kickoffs for 334 yards and one touchback.

THE OPPOSITION

Offense

• Zack Blair was 22-41 for 223 yards passing.

• Devodney Alford had 14 carries for 44 yards.

• Brayden Smith led IWU with eight catches for 74 yards.

• Dontea Henderso tallied seven receptions for 83 yards.

Defense

• Josh Davidson led the Wildcats with 10 tackles, 0.5 for loss.

• Brevin Beard tallied nine tackles, one for loss.

• Justin Johnson and Adam Schantz each tallied eight tackles.

• Bryce Adams had the team's only sack of the game.

Special Teams

• VonGunten was 1/2 in field goals and he made his lone extra point attempt. He also tallied three punts for 126 yards, pinning one inside the 20. His three kickoffs went a combined 185 yards.

UP NEXT

Siena remains at home this week and will host No. 2 Marian (Ind.) next Saturday, October 27 at O'Laughlin Stadium. The game is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m., EDT, kickoff.