Category: Flying Dutchmen

The Fightin’ Titans opened its home football season with a 14-7 nonconference win over Hope College before a “Family Day” crowd of 2,600 on Saturday, at Tucci Stadium. Illinois Wesleyan improved to 3-0 and will open College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin play next Saturday at Millikin. Hope lost for the first time this season and is 3-1. All the scoring was in the first half. The Flying Dutchmen opened the scoring with 05:17 to go in the first quarter when Shawn Jackson rushed in from 24 yards out. Evan Finch added the kick to put the Dutch ahead, 7-0. The Titans answered with a touchdown pass from senior Rob Gallik to sophomore Artie Checchin with 1:45 to play in the first quarter, ending a nine-play, 71-yard drive that took 3:24. Sophomore Michael Kelley‘s kick tied the score at 7-7. The final TD of the game came with 10:36 to go in the second quarter when Gallik found senior Taylor Dee on a 5 yard pass to end a 72 yard, six-play drive that consumed 2:43. Gallik completed 22 of 38 passes for 227 yards and two TDs, hitting senior Alex Garvey for eight balls and 105 yards. Checchin made four grabs for 18 yards and senior Tate Musselman had three grabs with 41 yards. Senior T.J. Stinde had 129 yards on 17 carries with a long of 49 yards and Devonte Jones rushed for 16 yards on 11 carries.

-Bob

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