ORANGE CITY -- Gehlen Catholic came from behind twice Friday night, but Unity Christian finally picked up the Knights' first win of the season in a 38-34 defeat of the Jays.
Unity (1-7) jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. AAron Van Wyhe ran in for a 1-yard touchdown run two and a half minutes into the game. Jason Goslinga kicked the successful point after attempt for Unity. Dalton DeHaan extended the Knights' lead on a 15-yard touchdown run. Goslinga kicked then kicked his second of five PAT's in the game.
Gehlen (2-6) answered on the next drive on a 17-yard touchdown reception from Blake Wiltgen to Michael Whitehead. Fabio Rivera made the score 14-7 with a PAT of his own.
Dominic Ellensohn scored on a 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Rivera kicked the PAT to tie the game at 14-14.
Goslinga gave Unity a 17-14 edge with 2:32 until halftime on a 30-yard field goal, but the Knights would score once more before the break.
Van Wyhe scored on an 8-yard touchdown run with just 56 seconds remaining in the first half. The Knights led 24-14 at halftime.
The Jays answered early in the third quarter on a 48-yard pass from Wiltgen to Aaron Jentz. Gehlen trailed 24-20 after the unsuccessful PAT. Neither team scored again in the third quarter, but the fourth quarter saw plenty of scoring.
Wiltgen linked up with Whitehead less than a minute into the fourth quarter on an 11-yard touchdown pass. Gehlen led 27-24 after a PAT by Rivera.
Unity scored again with 6:45 on the clock on a 6-yard touchdown run by De Haan. The Knights then led 31-27.
The Jays responded two minutes later. Wiltgen found Jentz for a 26-yard touchdown reception. Rivera gave Gehlen a 34-31 lead with just 4:21 remaining in the game.
The Knights scored the final touchdown of the game on a 6-yard run by De Haan with 58 seconds to play. Goslinga's PAT set the final score.
Gehlen out-gained Unity 472-469 on offense and turned the ball over twice, while forcing three turnovers by the Knights. The Jays were called for just four penalties for 40 yards and Unity was whistled eight times for 60 yards.
Wiltgen finished with 339 yards, four touchdowns and one interception on 22-for-39 passing. Wiltgen ran 10 times for 79 yards.
Whitehead caught 10 passes for 115 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Jentz had two touchdowns as well on six catches for 154 yards. Colton Kneip made five receptions for 56 yards.
Ellensohn was held to 24 rushing yards on 12 carries. Lucas Hunt gained 20 yards on three rushing attempts.
Corey Sitzmann led the Gehlen defense with five solo tackles and 12 total tackles. Mitchell Flack made four solo tackles as he and Wiltgen each made 10 total tackles.
Angel Chagolla made five solo stops and one assisted tackle. Chagolla, Wiltgen and Joey Mayrose each recovered one fumble.
Gehlen will go on the road to No. 3 Emmetsburg (7-1, 5-0) in the final game of the regular season.