STORM LAKE - You can't do too much when you put your defense in that much of a hole.
Central had three possessions inside the Buena Vista 40-yard line in the fourth quarter and ended all three possessions by scoring a touchdown as it pulled away to a 27-10 victory in an Iowa Conference clash on Saturday at J. Leslie Rollins Stadium in Storm Lake.
Trailing 10-7 early in the fourth period, Central got the ball on the Buena Vista 39-yard line with 13:42 remaining. Four minutes later, quarterback Scott Koerselman scored on a 1-yard run for a 14-10 lead.
After forcing the Beavers to punt, Central then got another possession on the BV 15-yard line with 7:15 to play. Fifteen seconds later, Aaron Aeschliman scored on an 11-yard run to make it 21-10.
The Dutch got the ball back once more in Buena Vista territory, this time on the 9-yard line with 4:47 remaining. A few plays later, Jesse Collins scored on a 5-yard run to make it academic at 27-10.
Neither team scored in the first quarter, and the only scoring in the first half was a 37-yard field goal by Carlos Martinez.
Central took a 7-3 lead when Koerselman connected with Curt Long for a 7-yard TD pass. The Beavers, however, regained the lead at 10-7 on a Jared Smith 2-yard run with 2:03 left in the third quarter.
Smith rushed for 188 yards on 38 carries to lead Buena Vista, which rushed for 168 yards on 56 attempts in the game.
Buena Vista's defense deserved a better fate. The Beavers held Central to just 118 yards rushing and 46 passing for a total of 164 in offense.
Buena Vista also dominated in time of possession. The Beavers had the ball for 33:24, while Central had it for 26:36.
Kurt Boustead led the Buena Vista defense with 12 tackles. Eric Schade had 10 and Garrett Gingrich nine.
Buena Vista, now 2-1 overall, hosts William Penn this Saturday for its homecoming game.