Football Opens American Rivers Conference Play on Saturday at Wartburg

Photo credit: Allie Hartman
Photo credit: Allie Hartman

After splitting a pair of non-conference games to begin the season, the Buena Vista football team will now turn its focus to American Rivers Conference play as it travels to Wartburg College this Saturday to face the defending conference champions in the league opener for both sides.

Game Info:
Who: Buena Vista (1-1, 0-0 A-R-C) @ Wartburg (1-1, 0-0 A-R-C)
When: Saturday, September 15, 2018 | 1:00pm
Where: Wacverly, Iowa | Walston-Hoover Stadium

Broadcast Info:
Radio: 97.5FM KBVU (local broadcast)
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Scouting Reports:

Wartburg -  The Knights are continuing to receive votes in the latest poll despite suffering a narrow 24-18 road loss at Monmouth College (Ill.) this past Saturday.  The Knights received seven possible first-place votes and were the coaches pick to repeat as conference champions in 2018.  They are coming off a season in which they finished 12-1 overall and a perfect 8-0 in conference play.  A big part of its offense runs through junior quarterback Matt Sacia, who was tabbed the Offensive Performer of the Year in 2017.  Wartburg returns a total of five all-conference players from a year ago and a combined total of 12 starters.  The Knights have won nine straight conference games overall, dating back to the end of the 2016 season.  Their last loss was an overtime defeat at home (28-27) to Luther College in the second to last game of 2016. 

2018 Indivudal Leaders
Passing: Matt Sacia – 33/50 (.660), 407 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT; Rushing: 9 carries, -22 yards, -11.0 avg, 0 TD
Rushing: Connor Bailey – 12 rushes, 120 yards, 10.0 avg, 2 td
Receiving: D. Harrington – 11 catches, 117 yards, 10.6 avg, 1 TD
Defense: Marcus Johnson – 22 tackles, 2.5 tfl, 0 sack, 1 pbu 


Buena Vista -  Senior quarterback Cole Miller enters the game just four TD passes shy of tying Rollie Wiebers for second on the all-time career list of 49.  He has thrown for at least 200 yards and one touchdown in eight straight games.  Eric Pacheco has now returned a punt for a touchdown in each of his first two seasons after his 63-yard return a week ago.  He's also leading the conference in receiving yards and touchdowns and is ranked second in DIII in yards per game (219.5) and fourth in all-purpose yards per game (270.5). The Beavers will look to be more productive and consistent in the run game with just 54.0 ypg through the first two.  BVU has dropped four straight road games overall, including three during conference play.  Its last win was at Dubuque (44-41) on October 7 of last season. 

2018 Individual Leaders
Passing: Cole Miller – 40/67 (.597), 665 yards, 7 td, 1 INT; 57 rush yards, 0 td
Rushing: Cole Miller – 26 rushes, 57 yards, 2.2 avg, 0 td
Receiving: Eric Pacheco – 13 catches, 439 yards, 33.8 avg per catch, 5 td
Defense: Reed Kruse – 27 tackles, 0.5 tfl, 0 sacks, 1 blkd kick, 1 pbu


2018 Team Stat Comparison & A-R-C rankings:


Scoring Offense - 45.5 1st)
Scoring Defense - 18.5 (3rd)
Rush Offense - 169.0 (4th)
Pass Offense - 253.5 (4th)
Total Offense - 422.5 (1st)
Rush Defense - 120.0 (4th)
Pass Defense - 173.0 (3rd)
Total Defense - 293.0 (4th)
Turnover Margin - +2.0 (t-2nd)

Buena Vista

Scoring Offense - 29.5 (3rd)
Scoring Defense - 27.0 (7th) 
Rush Offense -  54.0 (9th)  
Pass Offense - 332.5 (1st) 
Total Offense - 386.5 (3rd)
Rush Defense - 192.0 (7th)
Pass Defense - 192.0 (6th)
Total Defense - 384.0 (7th)
Turnover Margin - -2.00 (7th)


Up Next:

The Knights go on the road next Saturday to play at Nebraska Wesleyan (1:00pm) while the Beavers return home to host Coe College inside of J. Leslie Rollins Stadium.