Wartburg Wins 16th-Straight Home Opener [Video]
After back-to-back road trips to Illinois and Nebraska the past two weeks, the Wartburg Knights finally hosted a football game in Waverly on Saturday (Sept. 24, 2016).
Wartburg kept its record perfect (16-0) in home openers at Walston-Hoover Stadium, rolling to a 56-0 victory over Finlandia. The Knights started slow before proving how over-matched they were against the Lions, a second-year program from northern Michigan.
The orange and black scored 35 points in the second quarter while building a 42-0 lead at halftime. Wartburg (2-1) ended the game with a 491-to-145 edge in total offensive yards over Finlandia (0-4). The Knights got all but 81 of those yards on the ground, while holding the Lions to negative-two yards of rushing.
Reserve running back Dylan Binion had the biggest day for Wartburg, running for 121 yards and one touchdown on nine carries. Connor Schrader gained 88 yards on seven carries and opened the scoring with a 56-yard TD run in the first quarter.
In all, 11 different players carried the football for the Knights. They rushed for 410 yards on the day.
Throwing the football, Wartburg quarterback Matt Sacia completed six of his 10 pass attempts and threw touchdown passes to Jake Haberman and Denison Harrington. Back-up signal-caller Will Hasken was 5-of-6 for 31 yards.
Sam Ambrose, Tony Anstoetter and Peyton Imhoff led the Wartburg defense with four tackles each.
The shutout was the fourth for the Knights in season-opening games at Walston-Hoover Stadium, a facility that opened in 2001.
UP NEXT: Wartburg returns to Iowa Conference play on Saturday (Oct. 1), when the Knights travel to Cedar Rapids to play Coe. Kick-off is scheduled at 1 p.m.
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