By: Brady Behrend
The Coe College Kohawks hosted the Simpson College Storm for their first in-conference game of the season. The Kohawks entered the game on a two-game win streak, while Simpson had lost their previous two games. Coe came away with the win, with a score of 42-22.
Neither team was able to score the ball in the first quarter. However, once the Kohawk offense got running, they never looked back. Sophomore running back Ray Seidel got the offense rolling when he punched in a one-yard touchdown run. After this, the run game would open up for the Kohawks. Junior running back Alphonso Soko showed off his speed and agility with 23 rushes for 134 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 5.8 yards-per-carry and his longest run was for 21 yards. In the air, sophomore quarterback Carter Maske completed 52.9 percent of his throws for 229 yards with his longest throw being 37 yards. Maske did add a seven-yard rushing touchdown off of pump fake as well. Junior Dominic Shepardson led the Kohawks in receiving for the second straight week with eight receptions for 80 yards. Senior Joshua Bishop added 63 yards on two receptions, one of those being a 37-yard catch.
While the Kohawk offense took some time to get started, the defense was playing strong all day. They Junior linebacker Jon Bell started the game off with an interception on the first drive of the game. The Kohawks finished with three total interceptions, with senior linebacker Manny Lopez and senior defensive back Trevor Eckols adding one apiece. Senior lineman Cedric Nah and sophomore linebacker Jay Oostendorp each brought down the quarterback for a sack. Oostendorp also hed the team in total tackles with nine, while senior linebacker Heath Henderson followed closely behind with eight total tackles. The Kohawk’s defense held the Storm offense to just 81 rushing yards, with an average of 2.5 yards-per-carry.