STORM LAKE - Central scored nine fourth quarter points on Saturday afternoon, and its defense came up big in the end to spoil Senior Day for Buena Vista, as it escaped with a 23-14 victory over the Beavers.
After holding Central to a three-and-out on the game's first possession, the Beavers took the ball and marched 65 yards down the field in seven plays, capped off by an Alex Moss two-yard run. Steven Maguire set up the touchdown when he hauled in a 43-yard pass from Matt Pearey on a third-and-two play.
The two teams then traded punts, and BVU looked to extend its lead with 3:39 left in the quarter, but Zach Kaufman's 38-yard field goal attempt missed wide right and the score remained 7-0.
After the two teams traded punts yet again, Kurtis Brondyke evened things up for Central early in the second quarter when he hauled in a 45-yard pass from quarterback Jake Viggers on the first play of the drive with 11:55 remaining in the half.
Each team then came up with interceptions later in the quarter, but both defenses stood up to the challenge, forcing the other to punt it right back and the two teams were tied 7-7 at the break.
After forcing Central to punt to begin the second half, BVU took over at its own 14-yard line. Then on the second play from scrimmage, Pearey was intercepted and Central regained possession at the Beaver 10-yard line. Two plays later the Dutch went in front for the first time when Lackey punched it in from two yards out.
BVU then evened things up late in the quarter when sophomore Cory Donscheski, who led the team with 46 yards rushing in the contest, dove into the end zone from a yard out with 1:03 left in the quarter.
Thirteen plays later, Central regained the lead at 17-14 when Jake Viggers connected on a 37-yard field goal attempt with 8:40 left to play.
The two teams again traded punts before BVU took over at its own 20 with 6:33 to play. After getting out to its own 46-yard line, the Beavers were then forced to turn it over on downs with 3:41 left to play.
BVU still had hope after forcing Central to punt, but the punt was downed at the Beaver 2-yard line.
From there, Central held defensively and took over on downs from the two with 2:05 to play. Two plays later Lackey scored his second rushing touchdown of the contest, to put the game out of reach at 23-14.
Buena Vista finished with 286 yards of total offense, while holding Central to only 168. Through the air, Pearey completed 21-of-45 attempts for 216 yards and two interceptions. Donscheski led the team in receiving as well with six grabs for 59 yards. Maguire finished with four catches for 72 yards.
Lackey completed just 5-of-15 passes for 73 yards, while rushing 19 times for 44 yards.
Defensively, Ben Chukuske and Ben Hansen led the way for BVU with eight tackles apiece.
Buena Vista dips to 6-3 overall (5-2 IIAC) and will now close out its season next Saturday afternoon with a road contest at Cornell (0-9, 0-7 IIAC). Kick-off is again scheduled for noon.