The Thunder football team put its full firepower on display Saturday afternoon as they crushed Kalamazoo College 60-6. The Thunder rushed out of the gates to take a 28-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back, going into halftime up 41-0. Kalamazoo did not even get on the board until the final few minutes of the third quarter, by which point the Thunder were up 50-0 and had already pulled the majority of their starters.
Senior quarterback Johnny Peltz started and went 16 for 21 passing, with 265 yards and four touchdowns — each to a different receiver — and one interception. Peltz is currently locked in a competition for the starting quarterback spot with fellow senior Andrew Bowers. The two will continue alternating starts until coach Swider determines who will clinch the job.
Swider still has yet to make the call.
“We got [Peltz] a start, and he played well, and we expected him to,” Swider explained. “We expected Andrew [Bowers] to play well last week, and now both of them are playing well, so you just gotta keep playing them both.”
Peltz accepted the decision. “Whatever the coaches decide is the best for the team, and that’s the way we’re gonna go,” said Peltz. “We’ll support one another either way.”
Sophomore quarterback Jaelin Goldsmith had the opportunity to be on the receiving end Saturday. He scored three total touchdowns, one rushing and two receiving. All in all, seven different players found the endzone for the Thunder. The win pushed the team’s record to 2-0. Overall, during their first two games, they have outscored opponents 86-13 and outgained their opponents 1089-494 yards.
The Thunder will take the field again this Saturday as they travel to Wisconsin to take on Carthage College at 1 p.m. Their next home game is Saturday, Sept. 24 against Elmhurst College.