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Central Football Withstands Augustana to Claim First Win

Posted: Monday, September 10th, 2012 at 5:57 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS Sports-Trevor Castle

The Central College football team needed a big performance Saturday to regain confidence following a 47-28 thrashing by Wisconsin-Oshkosh in the season opener.  The Dutch dominated most of their home opener against Augustana, eventually holding on for a 17-10 victory.  Kevin Sheldon’s 27-yard first quarter field goal was the only scoring of the first half, despite the fact that Central journeyed inside the Viking red zone on three separate occasions.  After a scoreless third quarter kept it 3-0 in favor of Central, the Dutch drove deep for a fourth time, finally putting it in the end zone on an Aaron Eisler touchdown run that put Central up 10-0.  Augustana answered with a 32-yard field goal from Brady Rogers, but Central had a response of its own less than two minutes later as quarterback Jack Flaherty connected with Blaine Forsythe for a 49-yard score.  Central had a chance to close out the game on defense, but Viking quarterback Nick Welch hit running back Eric Chandler for a 58-yard touchdown on fourth-and-10 with five minutes to go.  After forcing a punt, Augustana had one last chance, which ended in an interception by Central’s Jacob Edelman.  The Dutch are 1-1 on the season, and have their bye week on Saturday.  They’ll return to action September 22nd at Albion of Michigan.