INDIANOLA, Iowa - Josh Williams ran for 122 yards, Elmhurst took advantage of three Simpson turnovers and the Storm football team lost 31-12 on Saturday.
Drew Domino threw for 184 yards and Williams scored two TDs for the Bluejays (3-0), who scored 17 points off Simpson turnovers in the second ever meeting between the two teams.
Sean Wetherell returned an interception 19 yards for a touchdown and Elmhurst took advantage of short fields on a pair of Simpson fubmles. A botched snap on a quick-punt attempt led to a 31-yard Brett Bayer field goal in the second quarter and a fourth-quarter fumble by Caleb Frye set up a two-yard score by Williams.
"We have a football team that has a small margin for error," head coach Jim Glogowski said. "We can't beat ourselves."
Simpson took the opening drive 68 yards in nine plays, culminating with Frye hitting Norman on a 12-yard fade for an early lead. Drew Jensen missed the extra point - the first PAT miss of his career - for a 6-0 lead.
Simpson got the ball back after a defensive stop, but Wetherell jumped Frye's first-down pass to change the momentum of the game. Elmhurst led 10-6 at halftime and took the opening drive of the second half 71 yards on 11 plays, getting an eight-yard TD run by Williams.
Frye answered with a 30-yard scoring toss to Redmond, pulling Simpson within 17-12 after a failed 2-point conversion. But Garrett Claxon gave Simpson's comeback hopes a blow when he ran for a 31-yard TD with 11:25 to play in the game.
"Give Elmhurst credit. They made plays when they had to and turned us away on defense a few times," Glogowski said.
Simpson's final turnover effectively ended it when Jimmy Abbott stripped Frye with 5:53 left.
Simpson finished 5 of 11 on third down and failed to convert on five fourth-down tries. Elmhurst was 10-for-17 and 2-for-3, respectively.
Simpson hosts Buena Vista in the Iowa Conference opener next week. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. in the second of three-straight home games for the Storm.
"We have some things to build on," Glogowski said. "The non-conference schedule comes in to play, but how we play in the conference is what really matters."