Simpson blanks Loras 30-0


by Hunter Hillygus, Sports Editor

The Simpson defense pitched a shutout and the offense got back on track as the Storm defeated Loras 30-0 on Saturday.

Simpson (3-4) held Loras (0-7) in check all day, limiting Duhawk quarterback Bob Kelly to just 192 yards through the air on 50 attempts and keeping the Loras offense backed up in its own territory thanks to a strong effort from punter Nathan Hawkins.

Hawkins averaged 52.7 yards per punt with a long of 66 and pinned the Duhawks back inside their own 20 four times.

With the Storm holding the advantage in the field position battle, the Simpson offense was able to break out after four straight games scoring under 20 points.

Senior running back Jordan Beem got the scoring started with 1:38 left in the 1st quarter with a seven-yard scamper into the end zone after a systematic 11-play, 82-yard drive down the field.

After several scoreless possessions, the Storm tacked on a 22-yard field goal from junior kicker Drew Jensen with 7:48 left in the 2nd quarter to make it a 10-0 Simpson lead. The field goal was Jensen’s school-record 10th of the year.

The Storm weren’t done yet in the half, as they drove down the field and scored on a Caleb Frye touchdown pass to Jackson Redmond with eight seconds left in the 2nd quarter to increase their lead to 16-0 after a failed extra point.

A scoreless third quarter gave way to a high-scoring fourth by the Simpson offense. Nathan Russell and Ricky Reeve both caught touchdown passes from Frye with 10:46 and 4:15 left to go in the game, respectively.

Frye led the Storm in passing with 178 yards on 15-23 passing and three touchdowns. Beem led the Storm rushing attack with 85 yards on 26 carries and one score, while Frye ran for 64 yards on 15 carries. Redmond led Simpson’s receiving corps with 6 receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown. Defensive back Brendan Holmes led the stout Storm defense with 12 tackles while linebacker Ryan Sarver had 11 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss. Isaac Fraizer recorded the only Storm sack of the game, his IIAC leading ninth of the season.

The Storm are home again Saturday vs. Nebraska Wesleyan. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.