BVU football returns home to face Dubuque
The Buena Vista Beavers had another rough fourth quarter last week, this time giving up 22 points in the final frame in a 15 point loss against Luther, 41-26. The loss dropped the Beavers to 1-6 and 0-4 in the American Rivers Conference. This week they will host the Dubuque Spartans. The Spartans enter the game with a 4-2, 3-1 record. Their two losses came at home against UW-Whitewater and Central.
The Spartans have had a balanced attack this year with 195 yards on the ground and 201 through the air for 396 yards a game. They average a little more than 26 points a game as well.
Playing under center for the Spartans is Sean Duffy. Duffy has thrown for 1192 yards, 13 touchdowns and five interceptions while completing 55 percent of his passes. Behind him is Dwayne Allen Jr who gets nearly six yards a carry, and has 725 yards and four touchdowns. Their second best running back is Maurece Herrion who has 253 yards on 48 totes and four scores.
The offensive line has paved the way for 5.4 yards per carry this season and has only allowed two sacks this season. Emanuel Jenkins has been the top pass catcher this year with 37 grabs for 378 yards and five touchdowns. Kody Riemer has 24 catches for 318 yards and two scores.
Defensively, Dubuque has given up some yards this season at 370 with 148 coming on the ground and 222 through the air. Amazingly, their points per game stands at 27.
Defensive Marston Crowder has been a do-all player for the Spartans. He has 39 tackles, eight for a loss, six sacks, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries, four pass break ups and five passes defended. Defensive back Blaze Barista has 40 stops and two interceptions. Defensive lineman Doug Gates has three sacks.
Altogether the Spartans have 15 sacks, five interceptions and three fumble recoveries. Their plus/minus on turnovers sits at -1.
The Beavers have struggled defensively in A-R-C play this season. They have yet to allow under 35 points in the conference contests, but the offense has found signs of life in the past two weeks, scoring 66 points after just 34 in the first three games.
Senior quarterback Cole Miller continues to approach first place in a couple of records, only six touchdown passes away from tying Bobby Brown for most all time and needs 1500 yards or so more for the all time yardage lead. For the season, Miller has 1704 yards, 17 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Sophomore wide receiver Eric Pacheco, who has 46 catches for 928 yards and nine touchdowns, is also closing in on some single season records. Pacheco needs six touchdowns and 173 yards to tie Gunner Gillardís season marks.
Sophomore Josh Werge leads the team in rushing with 241 yards and three touchdowns.
Defensively, sophomore Reed Kruse has been a tackling machine with 72 on the year. Junior Gary Weaver has 4.5 sacks to lead the team and defensive back Patrick Spicer has three interceptions.
The game kicks off at 1 p.m. in Storm Lake at J. Leslie Rollins Stadium.