WAYNE – November football featured the 33rd annual Egg Bowl Saturday afternoon for Wayne State College.
From Bob Cunningham Field on the campus of Wayne State College, the Wildcats (receiving votes just outside DII Top 25 AFCA poll) welcomed in MSU Moorhead to close out the 11-week regular season. Saturday’s game was the final cross division match-up.
The defensive battle favored Wayne State College, 10-7 after MSU Moorhead missed a field goal late.
Wayne State College improved to 9-2 (4-2 South) and earned a share of the NSIC regular season title while MSU Moorhead fell to 4-7 (3-3 North).
According to Wayne State College SID, Mike Grosz, WSC was crowned co-NSIC South Division champions in 2008 and marks the fourth time in school history WSC has won nine games (9-0/1949, 9-1/1993, 9-3/2008).
The Wildcats tied Bemidji State and Minnesota State-Mankato for the NSIC while Minnesota State-Mankato and Winona State tied for the South Division title. Bemidji State won the North Division.
Wayne State opened scoring when senior running back Anthony Watkins rushed in from six-yards. With 5:15 left in the first quarter, senior place kicker Alex Powders knocked through the PAT to put WSC up 7-0.
The Wildcats then scored with 11:09 to play until half on a 23-yard field goal from Powders.
Wayne State College led 10-0 at the break.
The lone second half scoring came from MSU Moorhead when sophomore tailback Luke Imdieke (MSU Moorhead Egg Bowl Most Valuable Player) rushed in from four-yards. Following the PAT, WSC remained ahead 10-7 with 1:56 to play in the third quarter.
MSU Moorhead then had a chance to tie the game up in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, but missed the field goal.
Final favored Wayne State College, 10-7.
Sophomore quarterback Nick Bohn finished 10-17 for 87 yards with an interception while carrying the ball 16 times for 38 yards. Watkins rushed the ball 23 times for 68 yards with one score followed by redshirt freshman Jacob Keiser who added 43 yards on 14 carries.
Sophomore Jadon Johnson recorded three catches for 47 yards, sophomore tight end Gage Dengel had two receptions for 20 yards and senior Mason Lee finished with two catches for 15 yards.
Sophomore linebacker Alex Kowalczyk posted 10 tackles (five solo), a half tackle for loss and an interception while sophomore defensive lineman Luke Sims was named the Egg Bowl Most Valuable Player for Wayne State followed with eight tackles (four solo), three sacks and three tackles for loss.
Sophomore Jaxon Johnson (two solo/0.5 sack/TFL/fumble recovery) and junior safety Tanner Cooper (five solo) both had seven tackles. Other sacks came from junior defensive lineman Gunner Schoeps (two solo tackles for loss) with two sacks and redshirt freshman Drake Peed (two total tackles) with a half sack/TFL. Senior linebacker Ijaaz Rashid (solo tackle) and senior defensive back J’Von France both each had an interception as sophomore linebacker Dexter Larsen (four total tackles/three solo) forced a fumble.
Wayne State College ran 73 plays for 230 yards (143 rushing/87 passing) compared to MSU Moorhead with 66 plays for 193 yards (57 rushing/136 passing).
Selection Sunday is at 4:30 p.m. CT on November 13 and will air on NCAA.com to determine the field of 28 Division II teams.