It came down to a last minute score.
That was all that stood between the Ducks and moving forward into the playoffs: a last minute try by Fort Wayne. The only loss of the season would also be Iowa City's last game until the Spring.
Despite the heartbreak, the season was still a success. The Ducks did a full 180° from 2016 — when they didn't win one game — to go 7-1-1 in 2017.
"We have to remember what helped get us from 0-6 last year to a Midwest Championship game," Duck's Captain Ty Carew said. "We earned everything from the hard work, dedication and sacrifices that every guy made."
Carew said the Ducks would do everything they could to get back to Midwest Championship in 2018.
"We put together an excellent season and every one of us had something to do with that," he said. "In the off-season we need to build on our strengths and correct our weaknesses."
Until the Spring Season starts, the Ducks will be training hard, working at Beat the Bitter in North Liberty and hanging out at Grizzly's, Deadwood, The Dublin Underground and other various sponsors around town.
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