NSIC Home Opener Favors Wayne State College, Wildcat Defense Finishes With Four Takeaways 

WAYNE – Week two of the NSIC football schedule showcased Saturday night lights in Wayne America.

From Bob Cunningham Field on the campus of Wayne State College, NSIC South Division WSC welcomed in NSIC North Division foe Northern State University.

Four field goals and a touchdown made up the scoring during a defensive battle. Final favored Wayne State College, 13-6 who improved to 2-0 on the season while NSU fell to 1-1.

Northern State opened scoring when senior kicker Payton Eue connected on a 34-yard field goal with 5:01 to play in the first quarter.

The Wildcats later answered when senior place kicker Alex Powders knocked through a 37-yard attempt with 0:38 seconds remaining in the opening quarter. The game was tied at 3-3 after the first.

The lone score of the second quarter came with 5:04 until half when sophomore quarterback Nick Bohn found sophomore wide receiver Jadon Johnson on a 60-yard passing touchdown. Following the PAT from Powders, WSC led 10-3.

The score remained 10-3 going into the second half.

Both teams would make another filed goal in the third quarter.

Wildcat kicker Powders knocked through a 43-yard field goal with 11:17 remaining while Nothern’s Eue made a 33-yard FG with 1:52 to play.

Neither team would score in the fourth as the final favored WSC over Northern State, 13-6. Northern State would miss two field goals in the game.

Bohn went 10-17 for 123 yards with a touchdown and ran the ball 13 times for 30 yards. Senior running back Anthony Watkins carried the rock 22 times for 72 yards as redshirt freshman running back Cauren Lynch added 16 yards on eight carries.

Johnson had two catches for 67 yards and a touchdown, sophomore wide out Ashten Schmaderer added three receptions for 29 yards, senior wide receiver Mason Lee hauled in three catches for 21 yards and sophomore tight end Gage Dengel added a catch for six yards.

Sophomore linebacker Alex Kowalczyk recorded 12 tackles (nine solo) and had an interception followed by senior linebacker Jaylan Scott with eight tackles (six solo) to go along with a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss.

Junior safety Tanner Cooper had two interceptions while junior defensive lineman Caleb Brouse recovered a fumble. Sophomore defensive lineman Jaxon Johnson also had a sack.

Northern State ran 66 total plays for 264 yards (116 rushing/148 passing) compared to Wayne State College with 60 plays for 241 yards (118 rushing/123 passing).

NSU edged the ‘Cats in time of possession, 30:30 to 29:30 and converted 4 of 14 on third down conversions while Wayne State College was 4 of 15 on third down conversions and 0-2 on fourth down conversions.

The Wolves were just 2-5 in red zone scores-chances while the Wildcats were 2-2.

The Wayne State College football team will head back north to Minot, North Dakota on Saturday, September 17. WSC will visit Minot State University at 1 p.m. Pregame show coverage on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedailynews.com will  be at 12:30 p.m.

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