With 16 days off since playing its 2017 season opener, the Buena Vista football team will get back out onto the field this Saturday afternoon when it hosts Central College in the Iowa Conference opener for both teams. It will also be Hall of Fame Day for Beaver Athletics.
Who: Central (1-1, 0-0) vs. Buena Vista (1-0, 0-0)
When: Saturday, September 16 * 1:00pm
Where: J. Leslie Rollins Stadium & Peterson Field * Storm Lake, Iowa
Other Info: BVU Athletic Hall of Fame Day. Five inductees and one team will be enshrined into the Class of 2017 at halftime ceremonies of the game.
Radio: 97.5FM KBVU
Live Webstream: http://portal.stretchinternet.com/bvu/
Live Audio stream: http://kbvu.streamon.fm/
Live Stats: http://www.bvuathletics.com/sports/fball/2017-18/boxscores/20170916_1e5v.xml
Inside the Series: The Dutch and Beavers first met back in 1928 and have now played each season since 1958. The Dutch hold a 58-12 all-time advantage in the series, including four straight victories. BVU's last triumph was a 30-25 victory here in Storm Lake in 2012. Central won 24 straight meetings before the Beavers knocked off the Dutch in 2003 (16-14) in a game that was played at Southeast Polk High School. Central took last year's game in Pella, 33-0. Four of the last six games, however, have been decided by 10 points or less.
About Central: The Dutch rebounded from a tough 56-13 season-opening home loss to Whitworth by knocking off Augustana College (Ill.), 33-22, this past Saturday. The team is averaging better than 200 yards on both the ground and through the air over its first two outings. It's also been tough stopping the run, allowing just 94.0ypg. A total of 11 starters are back from last season along with 43 letterwinners. The Dutch have a pair of running backs currently ranked in the top-10 of the conference leaders in rushing yards per game. Kohle Helle took over as starting quarterback against Augustana after hauling in six passes in the season opener. He completed 17-of-23 attempts for 247 yards and a pair of TD's. He also rushed for 102 more yards on 17 carries. Sam Markham is one of the team's big threats offensively. He was a Third Team All-American receiver a year ago and is a two-time all-conference performer. Defensively, the Dutch have already posted 11 tackles for loss, including three sacks. Opponents have completed 73 percent of their pass attempts and thrown for seven touchdowns. As a program, the Dutch have finished in the top-3 of the IIAC standings in eight straight seasons and have finished worse than third just twice since 1971.
About BVU: The Beavers, who were off last Saturday, are back on the field for the first time since holding off Mayville State, 31-27, back on August 31 here in Storm Lake. That gave the team its first season-opening victory since 2007 and also gave head coach Grant Mollring his first career coaching victory. It was a series of big plays that helped BVU build an early lead before it had to hold off a late surge by the Comets. The Beavers did a lot of the damage through the air, as junior signal-caller, Cole Miller, passed for 318 yards and two scores. Freshman Tariq Thomas broke free for a 56-yard TD run while fellow freshman Eric Pacheco returned his first career punt return 72 yards for a score. Defensively, senior Brady Illg was one of two players with eight tackles, including one sack, while breaking up three passes. He and Pacheco were named IIAC Performers of the Week following that contest. The Beavers' last conference-opening victory came against Simpson College (38-31) in 2014.
A Look Ahead: Buena Vista heads on the road for the first time this season when it travels to Loras College next Saturday, September 23 for a 1:00pm contest. The Dutch will host Nebraska Wesleyan next Saturday at 1:00pm.
Hall of Fame Day
Saturday is also BVU Athletic Hall of Fame Day with five new inductees, along with the first-ever team induction, taking place during halftime ceremonies of the game. You can read more about each inductee at the link below. A formal banquet will be held following the game.