MINOT, ND – Week three of NSIC football showcased a 600-mile road trip north for the Wayne State College football team in NSIC cross division play.
From Herb Parker Stadium in Minot, North Dakota, NSIC South Division WSC visited North Division foe Minot State University Saturday afternoon.
Wayne State College built a 35-3 first half lead and won 49-10. The Wildcats are 3-0 for the first time since 2012 while the Beavers fell to 0-3.
Both teams would score on their opening possession with Wayne State using a six-yard rushing touchdown from sophomore running back Jacob Keiser. Senior place kicker Alex Powders knocked through his first of seven PATs with 11:30 to play in the opening quarter to lead 7-0.
Minot State answered on a 43-yard field goal from sophomore Dillon Fedor with 9:45 to play in the first quarter.
WSC then scored twice more in the first quarter when sophomore quarterback Nick Bohn connected with senior wide receiver Mason Lee on a 62-yard score (6:35 left) and sophomore wide out Jaydon Johnson on a 74-yard strike (1:58 left). Wayne State led 21-3 after the opening quarter.
Second quarter Wildcat scores came from Keiser on a three-yard run (8:41 until half) and Bohn on an eight-yard run (3:42 until half) to lead 35-3 at the break.
The lone third quarter score came from Minot State when sophomore quarterback Dawson Macleary found sophomore wide receiver Erik Palmquist from 29-yards out. Following the extra-point with 8:01 to play in the third quarter, WSC remained ahead, 35-10.
Fourth quarter scoring again favored Wayne State College. Senior running back Anthony Watkins rushed in from four yards (13:46 left) followed by junior quarterback Tavian Willis hooking up with redshirt freshman wide out Trevor Marshall on a 40-yard passing score.
Final favored, Wayne State College over Minot State University, 49-10.
Bohn finished 9-14 for 217 yards with two touchdowns and 100 yards rushing on 13 carries (sacked twice) with a rushing touchdown. Keiser added two scores on 10 carries for 31 yards, Watkins finished with 15 rushing attempts for 59 yards and a score as Willis ran the ball eight times for 51 yards.
Lee recorded five receptions for 130 yards and a score as Johnson added four catches for 94 yards and a score.
Sophomore linebacker Alex Kowalczyk recorded a game-high eight tackles (four solo) and a tackle for loss followed by fellow sophomore linebacker Tyler Leclair with seven tackles (five solo) and a half of tackle for loss.
Other sacks came from senior linebacker Jaylan Scott (three tackles/two solo/TFL) and redshirt freshman defensive lineman Trent Rasmussen (one solo tackle/TFL) while sophomore defensive lineman Jaxon Johnson had an interception to go along with a half tackle for loss (one tackle).
Wayne State College finished with 575 yards on 80 plays (255 rushing/320 passing) compared to Minot State University with 44 plays for 184 yards (23 rushing/161 passing).
WSC converted 9 of 14 on third downs while MISU was just 1 for 11 on third downs and 0-1 on fourth down.
Wayne State College will next host Concordia-St. Paul on Saturday, September 24 at 6 p.m. during family day.