Football Hosts Morehead State Saturday Afternoon

first_imgStory Links Drew Lauer (St. Peters, Mo.) rushed for a season-high 124 yards on 26 attempts with two touchdowns and added one receiving touchdown. Devin Cates (Yuba City, Calif.) had his first career 100-plus yard receiving game with 103 yards on nine catches and two touchdowns. Before Saturday’s game, former Bulldog greats Eric Saubert (131) and Conley Wilkins (140) in 2016 against Stetson were the last Bulldog teammates to have more than 100 yards receiving and 100 yards rushing in the same game. Drake is picked to finish third in the 2019 Pioneer Football League Coaches Preseason Poll as it returns eight All-PFL performers. Four of those PFL selections return on defense in defensive linemen, Gavin Dineen and Erin Morgan, linebacker Zac Rujawitz and safety Will Warner. The quartet were part of last season’s unit that ranked in the top 15 in nearly every defensive statistical category. Warner had an outstanding junior season that was capped by being named Drake’s first first-team All-American since Eric Saubert in 2015 and the Bulldogs’ first Associated Press first-team All-American since 1982. Individually, Warner was second in the nation in interceptions with eight to also tie the Drake program record. He also led the nation in interception return yardage at 223 total yards. Outside of his interceptions, Warner was second on the team in solo tackles with 41 and successfully defended a total of 12 passes. Dinnen was a 2018 All-PFL First Team selection who recorded 3.0 sacks and 38 tackles. Morgan was selected to the 2018 All-PFL Second Team after he tallied 3.5 sacks, 8.0 tackles for loss and 21 tackles at defensive end. Rujawitz started all 11 games and is the top returning tackler with 54, including 22 solo stops. On the other side of the football, Drake will have a new quarterback under center in true freshman Ian Corwin. Corwin comes to Drake after a decorated prep career for Jenks High School in Tulsa, Okla. At Jenks, Corwin broke 15 school records, went 29-8 in three seasons as the starter and helped Jenks finish as state runners-up in 2018. Corwin will play behind an experienced offensive line and will have help from the Bulldogs’ top three leading rushers and receivers from last season. Corwin’s top three receiving targets, Devin Cates, Steven Doran and Mitch McFarlane combined for 1,865 receiving yards and 21 receiving touchdowns. The Bulldogs’ top three returning rushers, Braeden Hartwig, Drew Lauer and Cross Robinson ran for 935 combined yards and seven touchdowns. Also, back is senior punter Ross Kennedy. Kennedy was an All-PFL honorable mention selection last season. He recorded 52 punts for an average of 37.3 yards, including a season-long 57-yarder against Montana. Kennedy placed 17 punts inside the 20-yard line and didn’t kick a touchback all year. He finished the season No. 93 among FCS punters with his average of 37.3 yards per punt. Print Friendly Version Drake’s offense rolled to 452 yards, including 182 on the ground, helping make 28 first downs and dominate the time of possession at 37:01. The team was penalized just once in the game, a third-qu­arter false start. Live Video Scouting DrakeDrake begins a new era in 2019 under the leadership of first-year head coach Todd Stepsis. Stepsis, who is the 27th head coach in Drake football history in its 126 seasons. Stepsis takes the reins of the Bulldogs’ program after serving as the program’s defensive coordinator for the past five seasons under previous head coach Rick Fox. As the defensive coordinator, Stepsis, built the Drake defense into one of the nation’s top units and coached a total of 42 all-conference selections including the program’s all-time leading tackler, John Hugunin and the most recent Pioneer Football League Defensive Player of the Year, Nathan Clayberg. Buy Tickets Live Audio Drake Game Notes Following Saturday’s home game, Drake travels to San Diego on Nov. 2. Kickoff with the Toreros is scheduled for 4 p.m. CST. San Diego travels to Dayton this Saturday.center_img Drake’s special teams unit started the game with a huge play on the opening kickoff. Noah Larson (Winterset, Iowa) forced a fumble by Butler and the football was recovered by Declan Carr (Frankfort, Ill.). Later on, fourth down from the Butler 1-yard line, Lauer punched it in the end zone for Drake’s first score. The Bulldogs are looking to go 4-0 in PFL play for the first time since the 2012 season. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University football team hosts Morehead State in Pioneer Football League action Saturday at 1 p.m. inside Drake Stadium. Drake (3-3, 3-0 PFL), which is in a first-place tie in the PFL with San Diego, is coming off its final bye weekend. Morehead State (4-3, 2-1 PFL) earned a 31-20 homecoming win over Butler on Oct. 19. Drake’s defense limited Butler’s offense to just 229 yards and just 22:59 in time of possession. Will Warner (Pella, Iowa) picked off a Butler pass late in the game for his second interception of the season. Live Stats Scouting Morehead StateAt 2-1, Morehead State is off to its best start in PFL play since the 2015 season. The Eagles are in a four-way third-place tie in the standings after back-to-back wins after dropping a high-scoring contest to Davidson in their PFL opener. Morehead junior defensive end Vaughn Taylor Jr. is the reigning back-to-back PFL Defensive Player of the Week and a three-time honoree this season. Taylor leads the PFL in tackles for loss with 12.5 and sacks with 5.5 this season. Ian Corwin (Tulsa, Okla.) passed for a career-high 265 yards on 25-of-32 with three touchdowns. Drake’s offensive line didn’t allow Corwin to be sacked as Corwin completed passes to seven different Bulldogs. RewindDrake rolled to a 42-7 road victory at Butler on Oct. 12, its third-straight win, as the team improved to 3-3 overall. The Drake Bulldogs were impressive in all aspects against the Butler Bulldogs as Drake’ offense, defense and special teams all made big plays and dominated in the team’s third-straight win.last_img