Dutch score twice in fourth quarter
Two short scoring drives proved to be the difference.
With the game tied at 14-14 entering the fourth quarter, Central used excellent field position on two fourth-quarter possessions and cashed them in for touchdowns as the Dutch knocked off Buena Vista 28-14 in an Iowa Conference game on Saturday at J. Leslie Rollins Stadium.
Central's first scoring drive began at the 50-yard line and the second one started at the Buena Vista 43-yard line.
"Field position was a big factor as far as giving them an opportunity to score with a short field," Buena Vista coach Steve Osterberger said. "I felt great about our entire team. It was 14-14 at the start of the fourth quarter. We gave them two short fields in the fourth quarter and that was the difference. I would have liked to win the game, but I have nothing but good things to say about our football team."
Matt Brandt scored both fourth-quarter touchdowns on runs of 1 and 2 yards to allow the Dutch to pull away.
Central took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter when Tony Rietema caught a 12-yard TD pass from Mark Isaacson.
Buena Vista tied it at 7-7 just before halftime on a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Eric Wiebers.
Central went ahead 14-7 in the third quarter when Isaacson fired a 10-yard touchdown pass to Trent Cooper.
Buena Vista answered 5 minutes later when Wiebers hooked up with Josh Espinosa for an 8-yard TD pass with 54 seconds left in the third quarter. That score was set up by a Central fumble, which was recovered by the Beavers on the Dutch 4-yard line.
Central's next two possessions resulted in great field position and scores.
Buena Vista's defense held Central to only 123 rushing yards and 134 passing yards.
"I think there were a ton of positives," Osterberger said. "The kids played extremely hard. They played a full four quarters. I thought we had a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of excitement. Our kids were flying around all over the field. The score didn't indicate how the game really was."
The Beavers, however, managed just 89 yards on the ground and 126 passing for a total of 215 in offense.
"Statistical-wise, we did better than what they've let people have for yards," Osterberger said. "They're a very good defense that's shut people down during the year. We had four drives over 10 plays, so I thought we moved the ball really well and I thought we had a great game plan."
Barry Van Voorst rushed for 35 yards on 12 carries to lead Buena Vista's offense. Wiebers completed 12 of 23 passes for 126 yards. Espinosa caught five passes for 51 yards.
Michael Irvin led the Beavers on defense with an amazing 17 tackles, including 16 solos. Scott Jamison had 10 tackles, and Michael Lang and Troy Nielsen added six apiece.
Buena Vista, now 2-6 overall, plays at the University of Dubuque this Saturday.