MANKATO, MN – Week nine of NSIC play marked the return of South Division competition for the Wayne State College football team.
From Blakeslee Stadium in Mankato, Minnesota, the ‘Cats visited #3 Minnesota State-Mankato Saturday which marked senior day for the Mavericks and final road game for WSC.
Minnesota State-Mankato scored on every first half possession to lead 45-0 before winning the game 62-7. The Mavericks are now 9-0 (5-0 South) while WSC fell to 3-6 (1-4 South).
Wayne State’s lone score came when senior running back Lorenzo Logwood scored from a yard out with 12:50 to go in the game. Senior place kicker Ethan Knudson made the extra point.
First quarter scores for MSU-Mankato came from senior quarterback Ryan Schlichte on a 22-yard score to sophomore wideout Jalen Sample; senior wideout Justin Arnold ran in from 25 yards; junior running back Nate Gunn scored from a yard out and sophomore kicker Ashton Garner made a 22-yard field goal. Second quarter scores saw Schlichte run in from eight yards; Gunn scored on a three-yard run and Schlichte found senior wide out Zane Zylstra from 16-yards.
In the second half, sophomore Brevin Kaiser found redshirt freshman Blake Ver Mulm on a 30-yard score and redshirt freshman Kaleb Sleezer scored on a five-yard run. The only fourth quarter score for the Mavericks came off the leg of Garner on a 24-yard field goal.
The Mavericks recorded 33 first downs compared to Wayne State’s 15 as Minnesota State-Mankato held a 34:50 – 25:10 time of possession. Minnesota State ran 82 plays for 556 yards and the ‘Cats ran 65 plays for 215 yards.
Redshirt freshman Tavian Willis went 5-15 for 45 yards with one interception while redshirt freshman quarterback Andy McCance was 8-18 for 81 yards. Logwood recorded 38 yards on five carries and a score; redshirt freshman Devin Merkuris added 10 carries for 29 yards and junior Deshawn Massey tallied four carries for 25 yards.
Redshirt freshman Jason Hawkins caught six passes for 71 yards followed by junior tight end Connor Paxton with two catches for 13 yards and sophomore wideout Isaac Schafbuch had two catches for eight yards.
Defensively, senior linebacker Tyler Thomsen led WSC in tackles with 13 (seven solo) and sophomore linebacker Nick Joynt posted 10 tackles (four solo).
The Wayne State College football team will play their final two games at home starting with the Egg Bowl on Saturday, November 9 hosting Upper Iowa at 1 p.m.