WAYNE – A total of 24 Wayne State College football players were recognized during Senior Day during the 32nd annual Incredible Edible Egg Bowl game Saturday afternoon.
From Bob Cunningham Field, the Wildcats closed out their NSIC South Division slate with the University of Sioux Falls Cougars. A total of 1,855 fans attended the final regular season home game.
The Sioux Falls defense recorded seven sacks and outscored WSC 24-7 in the second half to pull away and secure the 38-17 road victory. USF won their fifth out of past six to improve to 7-3 (4-1 South) while the Wildcats dropped their third game of four to now sit 6-4 (3-3 NSIC South).
The lone score of the first quarter came off a one-yard passing touchdown from redshirt freshman Adam Mullen to junior tight end Ben Sokup with 3:28 to play in the opening quarter. WSC turned the ball over on downs from their own 46-yard line on a fourth-and-short which set up the USF scoring drive.
In the second quarter, WSC answered with a six-yard rushing touchdown from redshirt freshman quarterback Nick Bohn. Junior placekicker Alex Powders knocked through the extra-point with 14:44 to play in the first half to tie the game at 7-7.
USF added another touchdown on a reverse place from junior Thuro Reisdorfer tossing the ball back to redshirt freshman wide receiver Carter Slykhuis on a 23-yard score. With 7:41 to play until half, Sioux Falls led 14-7.
The Wildcats were held to a field goal on their final drive of the half as Powders punched through the 20-yard attempt.
At the break, USF led WSC, 14-10.
Sioux Falls forced a quick three-and-out defensive stop in the third quarter and tacked on a 28-yard field goal from freshman Nick Hernandez. The Cougars led 17-10.
The Wildcats missed a field goal and fumbled the ball in USF territory but were still down a score entering the fourth.
In the fourth quarter, Sioux Falls started to pull away with back-to-back scores. Mullen ran in from 12-yards (10:21 left) and Reisdorfer ran away on a 64-yard score (7:25 left) to lead 31-10 in the fourth.
The Wildcats never gave up and marched right back down the field as Bohn connected with senior wide receiver Taurean Grady on a seven-yard passing score. Powders make the extra-point with 4:44 left in the game cutting into the then 31-17 deficit.
But on the onside attempt, back-up running back Jacqueze Lockett picked up the ball and ran in for the touchdown with 4:36 left in the game.
Final favored Sioux Falls over Wayne State College, 38-17. USF has now won all nine meetings against Wayne State College in program history.
Bohn finished 21-43 for 302 yards passing with one touchdown along with 20 carries for 85 yards gained with one score. He was sacked seven time for a loss of 51 yards to have 34 net yards. Senior running back Anthony Watkins tabbed 12 carries for 40 yards and two receptions for 12 yards.
Junior wide receiver Mason Lee caught five passes for 92 yards; Grady added six receptions for 79 yards and a score along with three carries for 33 yards as senior Trystn Ducker also had five catches for 61 yards and two rushes for nine yards.
Senior safety CJ Burress recorded a team-high seven tackles (six solo) and a tackle for loss along with junior linebacker Nick Joynt with seven tackles (five solo). Junior cornerback J’Von France added six solo stops and freshman linebacker Alex Kowalczyk had five tackles (three solo).
Junior lineman Ryan Parker (five tackles/four solo), freshman lineman Jaxon Johnson (three tackles/one solo) and junior linebacker Jaylan Scott (two solo tackles) all finished with a tackle for loss.
Wayne State College finished with 86 totals plays for 416 yards while Sioux Falls gained 333 yards on 49 plays.
WSC converted 14 of 23 third downs compared to 4-10 for USF.
1st 2nd Half 3rd 4th Final:
7 7 14 3 21 38 – USF
0 10 10 0 7 17 – WSC
The Wayne State College football team will conclude their 11-week NSIC regular season schedule at MSU Moorhead of the North Division on Saturday, November 13 at noon. Pregame coverage on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedailynews.com will be at 11:30 a.m.
Week 10 NSIC Scores:
MSU Moorhead won at Concordia-St. Paul, 24-3
(RV) Bemidji State won at (RV) Northern State, 36-34
(RV) Minnesota Duluth defeated #17 Augustana, 41-15
Winona State defeated Upper Iowa, 40-12
Minnesota State-Mankato won at Southwest Minnesota State, 52-0
University of Mary defeated Minot State, 49-31
Wildcats recognized on Senior Day:
1 Trystn Ducker WR 5-10 180 Sr. Bellevue, Neb. / South Dakota
2 Anthony Watkins RB 5-10 175 Sr. Harvey, Ill. / Dodge City CC
3 Matt Romero QB 6-2 205 Sr. Oceanside, Calif. / New Mexico State
5 Kalei Aukai WR 6-2 205 Sr. Santa Rosa, Calif. / Santa Rosa JC
6 Taurean Grady WR 5-10 180 Sr. Chicago, Ill. / Arkansas Baptist College
14 Alex Thramer TE 6-4 225 Jr. O’Neill, Neb. / O’Neill HS
15 CJ Burress DB 5-11 190 Sr. Memphis, Tenn. / Ellsworth CC
20 Deshawn Massey RB 5-8 190 Sr. Apopka, Fla. / Coffeyville CC
21 Kevin Ransom DB 6-0 195 Sr. Port Allen, La. / Port Allen HS
23 Barrington Robinson III WR 5-8 175 Sr. Coconut Creek, Fla. Bethune-Cookman HS
27 Dimetri King DB 5-10 175 Sr. Apopka, Fla. / Los Angeles Pierce CC
33 Dan Ngoyi DL 6-3 245 Jr. Lincoln, Neb. / Southwestern CC (Iowa)
43 Nicholas Joynt LB 6-1 220 Jr. Garner, Iowa / Garner-Hayfield-Ventura HS
52 Austin Coffman DL 6-1 225 Jr. Dunning, Neb. / Sandhills HS
57 Alex Lindsay OL 6-2 260 So. Pierce, Neb. / Pierce HS
60 Soren Jensen LS 6-2 250 Jr. Carroll, Iowa / Carroll HS
65 Randy Gehl OL 6-2 280 Sr. Stillwater, Minn. / Ellsworth CC
75 Josh Taylor DL 5-11 260 Sr. Chicago, Ill. / Norfolk HS
76 Arnold (Lou) Gray OL 6-3 300 Sr. Hickman, Neb. / Morningside
77 Nick Gray OL 6-4 300 Jr. Hickman, Neb. / Norris HS
81 Blake Kaiser K 6-3 190 Jr. Wahoo, Neb. / Wahoo HS
87 Isaac Schafbuch TE 6-3 205 Jr. Madrid, Iowa / Ballard HS
94 Ryan Parker DL 6-4 285 Jr. McCook Lake, S.D. / Dakota Valley HS
95 Mike Monette DL 6-3 260 Sr. Lake Balboa, Calif. / Moorpark College