Wartburg game notes - Loras - Sept. 25

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Wartburg vs. Loras, Saturday, Sept. 25, 1 p.m. – Walston-Hoover Stadium, Waverly – Series history: Wartburg holds a 20-9 advantage. The Knights have won 14 of the last 16 and five in a row. The string includes last year's 28-9 victory at Loras' Rock Bowl.

For the fans – Live audio, video and statistics – Go to www.go-knights.net, the Internet home of Wartburg athletics for more information. … All children ages 12 and under will be admitted free with a paid adult Saturday as part of NCAA Football's Take A Kid to the Game initiative. .  Entering its 15th year, the Take A Kid to the Game (TAKG) program provides NCAA® member institutions a national grassroots program that allows institutions an opportunity to introduce area youth to its athletics programs as well as the college or university while also boosting attendance. … Wartburg's coaching staff recognizes the American Football Coaches Association's Coach to Cure MD program throughout the game. The initiative, in its third year, is part of a rapidly growing effort to fight Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and has raised more than half a million dollars. The Knights' staff will wear a Coach to Cure MD logo patch, and fans will be asked to donate to research projects supported by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy during the afternoon.

Game overview/notes – Wartburg continues to get poll attention due to their 3-0 start. The Orange and Black received 24 votes on D3Football.com and 22 votes from the American Football Coaches Association. … On the overall league statistics chart through three weeks, coach Rick Willis' defensive crew is first in fewest points (27) and yards (256 per game) allowed. The "D" is also first in interceptions (six) and sacks (13). Individually, junior defensive lineman Matt Tschetter of Milford is first in sacks (five), while the defensive backfield tandem of sophomore Garrett McGrane of Fairbanks and senior Andrew Creary of Knoxville are first and third in interceptions (three and two, respectively). On offense, sophomore running back Reese Thompson of Van Horne leads the conference in rushing (119.3 ypg), and the team is first as well (223 ypg) and third in points (29.3 pg). … Junior quarterback Danny Stiefel of Sterling Heights, Mich.'s outing last weekend increased the run of Knights' quarterbacks with 100-yard games to 36 straight. … In regards to the NCAA Division III statistics charts, Wartburg is among the top 10 in sacks (four per game – No. 7), turnover margin (plus 2.33 – No. 6) and fewest sacks allowed (.33 per game – No. 9). Individually, Tschetter is tied for sixth in sacks per game (1.67), and junior punter Robby Salmon of Mason City is fifth in yards per kick average (43.11)