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Central Survives Late Scare, Secures Another Winning Season

Despite the fact that they owned a 17 point lead with less than six minutes remaining, the Central College football team had to make a last second defensive stand to preserve a 31-28 win over Wartburg College Saturday afternoon. The Dutch scored four first half touchdowns and had a 31-14 lead before the Knights struck for two touchdowns in a four minute span late in the game. Wartburg recovered an onside kick with two minutes remaining, and drove to the Central 12. After an apparent go-ahead touchdown was pulled off the board due to a holding penalty, Wartburg faced fourth-and-two with the game on the line. After a big stop and three kneel-downs later, Central secured its fifth victory of the season, guaranteeing at least a .500 record, which it has done every season since 1961. The Dutch are 5-4 overall and 4-2 in the Iowa Conference, tied for second place with Buena Vista. Central travels to Cedar Rapids next Saturday for the season finale against Iowa Conference champion Coe. Hear more about Saturday’s victory over Wartburg when Central Coach Jeff McMartin joins us live at Applebee’s Monday night at 7:00 for the Central College Radio Coaches Corner on 92.1 KRLS