WAYNE – Homecoming activities continued Saturday afternoon with the Hall of Fame football game for Wayne State College.
From Bob Cunningham Field on the campus of Wayne State College, WSC welcomed in Winona State University in a battle of NSIC South Division teams.
Wayne State College recorded three interceptions and utilized the ground game en route to a 38-21 victory. WSC has won three straight, improved to 3-0 on the home field and are now 4-1 as the Warriors fell to 3-2. The ‘Cats also snapped a five-game losing streak against WSU.
WSC missed a field goal on their opening drive which then led to a passing touchdown for the Warriors when graduate Owen Burke found junior wide receiver Ethan Wittenburg on a three-yard score. The Warriors led 7-0 with 1:47 left in the first quarter.
WSC then scored four rushing touchdowns in the second quarter compared to passing and rushing TD for Winona State.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Nick Bohn ran in from 28-yards (12:47) and five-yards (8:47) while senior running back Anthony Watkins scored from three-yards (14:45) and two-yards (3:47).
The Warriors score then came off a graduate Jake Balliu kickoff return to the Wildcat 28 where the wide receiver then threw a 28-yard passing touchdown to Wittenburg with 14:22 left in the opening half.
WSU also closed the first half when redshirt freshman running back Noah Carlson rushed in from two-yards (0:35 seconds).
At the break, Wayne State College led 28-21.
On the opening third quarter drive for Winona State University, they missed a field goal while Wayne State College saw junior Alex Powders knock through a 37-yard FG with 6:42 left in the third quarter.
The lone fourth quarter score came from Bohn on a passing strike to senior wide receiver Taurean Grady from four-yards out (13:10 remaining in game).
Final favored Wayne State College defeating Winona State University, 38-21.
Bohn finished 25-36 for 265 yards and a touchdown while running the ball nine times for 82 net yards and two scores. Watkins carried the ball 20 times for 45 net yards with two touchdowns.
Senior wide receiver Trystn Ducker hauled in six catches for 51 yards; junior Mason Lee caught five passes for 48 yards as Grady recorded six receptions for 70 yards and a score.
Defensively, freshmen linebackers Jaylan Scott and Alex Kowalczyk as well as freshman safety Jacob Byrd all had an interception. Scott added five tackles (four solo) as Kowalczyk had four solo tackles as well as a sack and tackle for loss.
Senior safety CJ Burress secured six solo tackles while freshman linebacker Tyler Leclair added six solo tackles with a sack and tackle for loss. Other sacks came from senior lineman Josh Taylor and freshman lineman Rex Becker.
1st 2nd Half 3rd 4th Final:
7 14 21 0 0 21 – Winona State University
0 28 28 3 7 38 – Wayne State College
Wayne State College will next visit #17 Minnesota State-Mankato on Saturday, October 9 at 1 p.m.