No. 5 Indiana Wesleyan Football beats Avila to secure the program’s first postseason win

VSN (admin) Published Saturday, November 19, 2022 – 4:15 p.m


Marion, Ind. – No. 5 Indiana Wesleyan Football edged No. 13 Avila University 14-7 in the first round of the 2022 NAIA Football Championship Series on Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats celebrated their 10th win of the season and the program’s first postseason win.

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HOW IT HAPPENED
  • IWU scored all of their points in the first half and relied on their defense to get them through.
  • That defense held one of the best rushing offenses in the country at just 133 yards on the ground.
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FIRST QUARTER
  • Both teams got off to a slow start with a 3-and-out drive to start the game.
  • Dederrian Williams gave the Wildcats their first big game with a 31-yard run over the 2-yard line. Xander Stokes found Charlie Hill back in the endzone to give IWU the only result of the 1st Quarter
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SECOND QUARTER

  • The IWU defense got the 2nd quarter going by forcing the Eagles into a turnover on downs.
  • A 25 yard link from Stokes to Levi Tidwell Place the Wildcats within the 10th Dederrian Williams hit it from 5 yards for his 13th total of the season and added another program record to his resume.
  • Malik Nesbitt single-handedly led the Eagles offense, recording 8 rushes and 3 receptions for 54 yards and giving Avila their first touchdown of the game.
  • IWU went into the dressing room with a 14-7 lead at halftime, with both teams totaling under 135 yards in the first half.

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THIRD QUARTER

  • The second half started the same way as the first half, with each team sticking to 3 and out-drives.
  • The Avila offense went into the red zone with 7 plays and 88 yards, which took more than 7 minutes to complete. An open field tackle by Daniel Schaeger On the 4th down, the Eagles flipped on downs at 4:13 in the quarter.
  • With no goals in the 3rd quarter, the Wildcats held onto a 14-7 lead.
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FOURTH QUARTER

  • The IWU offense found spark to start 4th with 22 rushing yards from Williams, but a missed field goal attempt kept the score at 14-7.
  • IWU continued to use Williams in running play throughout the quarter as time continued to tick.
  • An interception by Owen Perkins on Avila’s final drive sealed the game 14-7 and gave the Wildcats their first playoff win in program history.
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TURNING POINT
  • The Eagles moved aggressively in the second half with running play, but the IWU’s stellar defense made key stops to prevent a comeback.
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WHAT WIN MEANS
  • The Wildcats survive and advance to the Quarterfinals of the 2022 NAIA Football Championship Series next Saturday.
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IMPORTANT STATISTICS

  • On offense, Stokes completed 11 of 20 through the air with a touchdown pass, bringing his single-season record to 24 touchdowns this season.
  • Williams rushed for 178 yards and a touchdown and broke another program record with his 13th of the year.
  • A limited offensive attack through the air was carried out Jacques Carter with 4 receptions for 27 yards.
  • Defensive, Devin Bacchus led the team with a total of 8 tackles while also forcing a fumble and interrupting a pass.
  • Gardy Paul, Isaac Abeoand Ryan Wolford everyone had sacks in the win.
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PLAYER OF THE GAME

  • Dederrian Williams was named Offensive Player of the Game after rushing for 178 yards and a touchdown.
  • Devin Bacchus was named Defensive Player of the Game after leading the IWU with 8 tackles, a forced fumble and a broken pass.
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LONG PERSPECTIVE
  • ” Today’s win was a great team win that required toughness and togetherness,” said Jordan Langs, head football coach. ” I was so proud of how we played our football against a very good team!”

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I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO

  • IWU will be back home at Wildcat Stadium next week for their Quarterfinals game.
  • The Wildcats take on Benedictine College on Saturday, November 26 at 12:00 p.mth.
  • All general admission tickets go on sale at 8:00 am Wednesday and can be purchased at IWUWildcats.com/Tickets or by clicking HERE.
  • Persons with reserved season tickets will receive information via e-mail on how to use their reserved seats.

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