CROOKSTON, MN – For the second time this season, the Wayne State College football team competed in a Thursday night road game.
From Ed Widseth Field in Crookston, Minnesota the Wildcats took on the Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles.
Both teams were held scoreless in the first quarter of play before the final 8:21 in the second quarter caused for some exciting football.
UMC scored first when redshirt freshman Joseph Nava connected with senior wideout Adam Connette from two-yards out.
With the Golden Eagles looking like they would hold onto their one score lead, WSC countered with three passing touchdowns in the final three minutes.
Senior Zach Osborn connected with sophomore wideout Willie Walton on two touchdowns (21/47-yards) while senior wideout Nate Rogers caught a 25-yard touchdown.
Sophomore place-kicker Ethan Knudson was 1-2 in PAT’s while the ‘Cats failed to convert a two-point conversion.
At the half, WSC led 19-7.
The Wildcat rushing attack was able to make their name when senior Rashad Trimble busted up the middle for a 76-yard score for the only touchdown in the third quarter, WSC extended their lead to 26-7.
WSC added one more passing touchdown when Osborn found Rogers for a 52-yard passing touchdown.
Minnesota Crookston’s Nava and Connette hooked up for a nine-yard passing touchdown at the end of the game which found the Wildcats winning 33-14.
WSC is now 2-1 on the season while the Golden Eagles fall back to 0-3.
Osborn went 14-23 for 253 yards with four passing touchdowns and one interception. Walton caught six passes for 101 yards as Rogers had five grabs for 114 yards, each with two scores. Trimble had 24 carries for 185 yards and one score, averaging 7.7 yards per carry.
Defensively, senior linebacker DeWayne Scott led the team with 11 tackles (eight solo), one sack and one tackle for loss. Sophomore free safety Ian Ailts (seven solo) and sophomore linebacker Tyler Thomsen (three solo) each had 10 tackles and a pass break-up. Junior Emile Hope had one interception for the Wildcat defense.
Wayne State College is back at home on Saturday, September 23 when #20 Minnesota Duluth comes to Bob Cunningham Field. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. as it will be the first afternoon start time of the season for WSC.
Saturday, September 16 NSIC schedule:
Bemidji State at Augustana University at 1 p.m.
Upper Iowa at Northern State at 1 p.m.
MSU Moorhead at Winona State at 1 p.m.
#7 Sioux Falls at University of Mary at 1 p.m.
Minot State at Southwest Minnesota State at 6 p.m.
St. Cloud State at Concordia-St. Paul at 6 p.m.
#8 Minnesota State-Mankato at #20 Minnesota Duluth at 6 p.m.