CEDAR RAPIDS — Coe quarterback Quentin White almost had a record-setting day.
He will gladly trade any personal mark for the Kohawks breaking .500 any time.
White threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns, finishing with 33 completions, which ranks second in school history for a single game, and helping Coe down Nebraska Wesleyan, 40-28, in American Rivers Conference play Saturday at Clark Field.
White was 33-of-43 passing against the Prairie Wolves (1-4, 0-3 A-R-C), but was oblivious that he was approaching the record of 35 set by C.J. Feller in 2008.
“I, honestly, didn’t know,” said White, who completed 30 passes through three quarters. “I didn’t know I was getting close. I’m just out here doing my job trying to take care of my boys and trying to win some football games.”
The performance was another step in his progression. Coe (3-2, 2-1) is above .500 for the first time in an entire year and posted consecutive wins for the first time since Week 3 last season. Coincidentally, White hasn’t thrown an interception the last two games, completing almost 74 percent of his passes for 484 total yards.
“He was poised (and) played with confidence,” Coe Coach Tyler Staker said. “He continues to get better and grow every week. Today showed with how he played.
“He’s doing a better job of not trying to force things. He’s really done a good job of attacking what the defense gives him.”
The Kohawks started hot for Homecoming, scoring on their first three drives and building a 17-0 lead after the first quarter.
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White was 3 of 4 on Coe’s first possession, accounting for 35 of the 44-yard drive. Cody Russell capped the drive with a 2-yard TD plunge, which was the first of his two rushing scores.
Coe turned a fumbled kick return into a Tristan Connell 32-yard field goal.
White helped orchestrate a 65-yard, 13-play drive for a three-score edge with 29 seconds left before the first break. The Kohawks converted a fourth down and three first downs, including a 10-yard strike to Matt Kopp on third-and-goal.
“We were firing on all cylinders coming into the game,” White said. “It was huge.”
White hit eight different receivers with at least two receptions. Staker said the game has slowed for the junior signal caller and he has a firm grasp of the offensive scheme.
“He threw it around quite a bit,” Staker said. “He hit a lot of targets. We spread the field a little bit better today. He was dialed in. He played a great ballgame. I’m real proud of him.”
The most frequent target was his twin brother, Colton White. The wideout reeled in 13 catches, which is also second in school history for a single-game performance. They connected for 118 yards, including a 5-yard TD in the second quarter for a 24-7 edge.
“I’d like to think that Colton and I are always on the same page,” Quentin said. “I love playing football with him. We’re here to play together. It was just cool.
“I have a good connection with a lot of the guys on our team, but there is something special with me and my brother.”
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White was quick to praise the offensive line for not giving up a single sack. He said the passing game is dependent upon time and he had plenty Saturday.
“I didn’t get sacked the whole game or pressured a whole lot,” White said. “It definitely helps and opens up a lot of things when you have the line working for you like that.”
The Kohawks defense contributed a safety and Tyler Dralle and Russell added second-half TD runs, letting Coe pull away with a 40-14 lead early in the fourth.
Coe has built some momentum ahead a clash with Simpson next week at Indianola. The Storm topped Wartburg, 37-36, in overtime Saturday.
“I hope it brings some confidence to our guys,” Staker said. “I hope it gets us excited and focused each week for our next opponents.
“We have to continue to improve and take that next step.”
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