VIEW PHOTOS: 2016 homecoming game vs. Luther
October 10, 2016
INDIANOLA, Iowa — Quarterback Brady Letney and fullback Christian Moore ran wild Saturday as Luther’s potent triple option spoiled Simpson’s homecoming, 24-17.
Luther (2-3, 1-2) ran for 328 yards, 300 coming from Letney and Moore and controlled the game from start to finish, dominating the time of possession, holding the ball for nearly 40 minutes compared to Simpson’s (2-3, 1-2) 20 minutes of possession.
The Storm got off to an early 14-3 lead in the first quarter, getting touchdown runs from running back Jordan Beem and quarterback Caleb Frye from 63 yards and 25 yards, respectively.
Luther answered back in a big way, scoring 21 unanswered points from 1:56 left in the first quarter to 7:44 remaining in the third. The scores came off the feet of Letney and Moore, as well as running back Andrew Whalen, who finished the day with nine carries for 47 yards and a score.
Drew Jensen tacked on a 22-yard field goal with 2:07 left in the third quarter, but that’s all the offense Simpson could mount.
The Norse snuffed out several Simpson drives in the fourth including a drive that saw Simpson take over at the Luther 35-yard line with 40 seconds left to play. The Storm drove to the Luther 21 before a Frye shot to the end zone was picked off, sealing the Norse victory.
Jordan Beem returned from injury to lead the Storm in rushing and receiving, running for 134 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown while catching four passes for 20 yards. Caleb Frye completed nine of 18 passes for 48 yards and two picks while running seven times for 64 yards and a score. Brendan Holmes led the Storm in tackles with 22, while Cole Cook added 12 tackles, putting him second in the IIAC in that category.
The Storm travel to Waverly to take on Wartburg at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Knights defeated Simpson last season 51-45.