WAVERLY - Coming into his final home game as a Wartburg College football player Saturday, Nov. 16, against Loras, former Anamosa superstar wide receiver Kolin Schulte needed two touchdowns to break the Knights’ school record for most receiving scores in a single season.
With family and friends on hand, Schulte did it, tying the record with a second quarter 11-yard grab from quarterback Noah Dodd before writing his name into the record books all by himself when he snared a short third quarter pass then raced 51 yards and into the end zone toeing the sideline the entire way while also breaking a tackle for his 16th touchdown of the season.
Schulte topped the previous school record of 15 which had been shared by Ryan Rausch (in 1999) and Riley Brockway (2017).
“Setting the record means a lot to me,” said Schulte who finished with four catches for 82 yards in Wartburg’s 48-7 rout over the Duhawks, where Kolin’s brothers Nic and Josh, who were on hand to cheer on their younger brother, starred just a few years ago.
“Earlier this year I guess I tied the school record for touchdowns in a game (4), and that’s when I first started even taking a look at the Wartburg football record books. There are a lot of great names in there. Wartburg has had great football for a long time, and to just be mentioned with those guys is a huge honor.”
Schulte has come a long way in four years at Wartburg, starting his career at quarterback before making the move to wide receiver early in his freshman campaign.
“It was challenging making the adjustment to receiver,” he said. “I studied a lot of film and worked out with my brothers in the off-season. I got more comfortable by my sophomore year and then when I got my chance last year, I wanted to make the most of it.”
He certainly did.
With Josh, who was an All-Conference receiver himself at Loras, and Nic, who was a Duhawk quarterback, the pair helped mold Kolin into an All-Conference performer himself where he earned second-team All-Conference honors at wide receiver last fall. Schulte will most likely earn post-season honors for his senior season as well which closed Saturday with regular season numbers of 62 receptions, 999 yards, 16.1 yards per catch and the school-record 16 touchdowns.
“This year was a little tougher than last year,” Schulte said. “We had a new quarterback and I was getting a lot more attention from defenses than I did last year. But we have so many good players in this program, that was able to take some pressure off of me. Guys like Nick Wall, Brandon Childs and JoJo McNair gives defenses other guys to worry about too.”
The win over Loras allowed Wartburg to celebrate a share of an American Rivers Conference championship Saturday afternoon, but the program waited patiently for news if they would receive an at-large bid to the D-III playoffs.
Sunday afternoon they found out.
“We weren’t sure what was going to happen,” Schulte said. “A lot of things had to fall just right for us to make it, and thankfully they did. I get to play at least one more football game.”
The Knights (9-1) earned an at-large bid and will play in Holland, Michigan, against host Hope College (9-1) Saturday, Nov. 23, at 11 a.m.
“It’s up to us now to keep this thing going, not a committee,” Schulte said. “We don’t want our season, and I don’t want my football career to be over just yet.”