Warriors Topple 18th Ranked Kansas Wesleyan

Release Date: 
October 24, 2010

Sterling, Kan. - Kansas Wesleyan's Travis Hunter attempted to extend the final play at the end of the fourth quarter and did not stop the clock before time expired, preventing kicker Jesus Ochoa from kicking the game winning field goal. The Sterling College Warrior Football Team held on to upset the 18th ranked Coyotes 22-21. Special Forces (Teams) for the Warriors played a big role as SC blocked both a punt and an extra point on their way to a victory.

On a windy day, the Warriors struck first driving with the wind in the first quarter for a Doug Dunn field goal with 38 seconds left in the quarter. At the end of the first, Sterling held a slim 3-0 lead.

Kansas Wesleyan came alive with the wind in the second quarter. After a missed field goal by Ochoa, the Coyote defense held Sterling to a three and out. On their ensuing possession, KWU's Troy Alsobrook carried the ball five yards for a touchdown. On the PAT, the Warriors made their first big special forces play of the evening. Jesse Kendig blocked Ochoa's PAT attempt making the score 6-3 in favor of the Coyotes. Sterling was held to another three and out, forcing Josh Wheeler to punt into the wind. Kansas Wesleyan would capatilize on good field position with Travis Hunter throwing a 56 yard touchdown strike to Horace Carter with 4:30 left in the half. KWU would complete the two point conversion and lead 14-3. With their backs against the wall, Sterling would orchestrate a touchdown drive capped off by a seven yard Keoki Burbank touchdown pass to Matt James. At the half, Kansas Wesleyan held a small lead 14-10.

In the third quarter, the Coyotes would score on their first drive of the game on a Hunter to Zach McClain touchdown pass widening the score to 21-10. At this point in the game, the Sterling defense would enter and stay in shut down mode. The two teams would trade possession for the rest of the third quarter and the Warriors would go into the fourth quarter trailing 21-10.

Special Forces Coordinator Gabe Eliserio's unit would come up big again in the fourth quarter, blocking a punt early in the period. Jarrett Stanton would recover the punt at the one yard line and run the punt in for a touchdown. Trailing 1