SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Wayne State College football team saw their season came to an end during week 11 of the NSIC schedule.
From Bob Young Field in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, WSC visited the University of Sioux Falls Cougars.
After a 14-7 half favored USF, the Cougars tallied 12 more third quarter points to win 26-7 at home. Sioux Falls improves to 7-4 (5-2 NSIC South) as WSC ends their season at 3-8 (2-5 South).
Wayne State College saw a short field in the first quarter after blocking a punt before a field goal was missed.
Junior running back Gabriel Watson scored late in the opening quarter for USF, but following a missed PAT the score read 6-0.
The Wildcats answered in the second quarter with seven minutes until half when redshirt freshman Brady Brandsfield found junior Willie Walton on a 13-yard passing touchdown. Redshirt freshman Blake Kaiser punched through the extra-point to give the ‘Cats a one-point lead.
That lead was shortly lived as USF’s junior quarterback Caden Walters connected with redshirt sophomore wideout Ty Smith on a one-play, 30-yard score with 1:49 left until half. Following a two-point conversion, the Cougars led 14-7 at the half.
Although the Wildcat defense forced a couple turnover-on-downs, Sioux Falls took advantage of a special team’s safety. USF followed with a 56-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by redshirt junior Parker Gregston.
Sophomore place-kicker Mason Laramie also converted a 31-yard field goal in the third quarter to hold on for the 26-7 win.
Scoring by quarter:
1st 2nd Half 3rd 4th Final:
0 7 7 0 0 7 – Wayne State College
6 8 14 12 0 26 – Sioux Falls
Brandsfield finished 5-10 for 75 yards and an interception as freshman starter, Alex Thramer attempted one incompletion. Senior Nate Rogers caught two passes for 48 yards as Walton had two receptions and a touchdown. Freshman Mason Lee caught one pass for 13 yards.
On the ground, sophomore Maliki Wilson carried the ball 15 times for 59 yards as sophomore back Marlon Warren used five carries to gain 21 yards.
Defensively, junior linebacker Tyler Thomsen finished with 13 tackles (10 solo), a sack and two tackles for loss. Junior linebacker Ian Ailts followed with eight tackles (seven solo) as junior defensive end Kolbie Foster recorded three TFL’s during his five tackles (four solo).
NSIC Football scores:
#1 Minnesota State-Mankato defeated Upper Iowa, 47-7
Bemidji State defeated Minot State, 69-7
#6 Minnesota Duluth defeated Northern State, 40-13
University of Mary defeated Minnesota Crookston, 34-14
MSU Moorhead defeated St. Cloud State, 13-10
Winona State defeated Concordia-St. Paul, 24-20
Augustana defeated Southwest Minnesota State, 28-18