Stakes were high as Wartburg College football entered into their 2019 season.

“One of the things that this group of seniors wanted to do was be only the second group in the history of Wartburg football to be part of three consecutive championship seasons,” Rick Wills, Wartburg head football coach, said.

That goal looked to have a setback after a heartbreaking 56 to 57 overtime loss to Central College in the ninth game of the season. But the Knights battled back in their tenth game to win a share of the conference crown and one of five at-large bids to the NCAA playoffs.

“To make it to the playoffs is just something special, and to win three conference championships in a row and to be a part of that, it’s really special,” Kolin Schulte, senior receiver, said.

Wide Receiver Kolin Schulte was an integral part of Wartburg’s team success throughout the season. He also proved he was worthy of personal honors. In the last regular season game, Schulte first tied then broke a Wartburg College record for receiving touchdowns with 16 in a single season.

“I was just like ‘Wow, this is incredible.,” Schulte said. “It’s an incredible feeling because I just know all of the Wartburg greats that have come ahead of me like Riley Brockway. I played with him for two years. He’s a great guy, a great receiver, a great competitor.

So I just knew that I would have my name up there with those types of guys, and it’s just an honor. It’s something really special that I’ll remember forever.”

Schulte ended the season with 19 receiving touchdowns and ends his football career in the record books.

“Definitely some emotions just being done with competition like this forever,” Schulte reflected. “But again, just having the season that we had this year and the career that we had here and just looking back on everything that this team has accomplished and what I’ve accomplished in the past is something to be proud of. Little sad to see it go.”



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