Bragging rights, the Key to the City Trophy and the lead in the Iowa Conference race is on the line Saturday when the University of Dubuque hosts Loras. At 4-0, Dubuque has sole possession of the conference lead while the 3-1 Duhawks can earn a share of the lead with a win.
Loras coach Steve Helminiak has turned the Duhawk program around in just his second season at the helm and much of the reason is the play of freshman quarterback Nolan Baumhover. The former Western Dubuque standout has passed for more than 18 hundred yards and 22 touchdowns.
“He stepped in and for a young guy has shown incredible poise”, said Helminiak. “I’m very proud of the job he has done so far and obviously this week it is a tall task and we hope he is up to the task.”
Baumhover leads a high tempo Loras offense that averages 38 points and 571 yards per game.
Dubuque coach Stan Zweifel says time of possession will be meaningless in this game and it will come down to the number of snaps each team gets.
“They have scored almost 38 percent of their points in the fourth quarter and they just flat out wear people down by the number of plays they run”, said Zweifel. “They have been averaging close to 90 plays per game but also at times have run between 30 to 35 plays in the fourth quarter.”
The series dates back to 1900 and Loras will be out for its first victory over the Spartans since 2010.