WAYNE – As fireworks were put on display at the end of the game, Wayne State College hosted their second opponent from the state of North Dakota in a matter of three weeks.
From Bob Cunningham Field on the campus of Wayne State College, WSC welcomed in Minot State University (ND) Saturday evening.
The Wildcats secured their first shutout victory since topping Upper Iowa 62-0 in Wayne on November 9, 2019. WSC dominated Minot State Saturday evening winning 48-0 to improve to 2-1 as the Beavers dropped their seventh straight game dating back to October 26, 2019 and are now 0-3 this year.
WSC also improves to 2-0 on the home turf.
Freshman Jadon Johnson set the tone early with a 66-yard kickoff return which led to a 20-yard filed goal by junior Alex Powders with 12:23 remaining in the opening quarter.
WSC forced three first quarter punts as the offense scored again when redshirt freshman quarterback Nick Bohn scored from a yard out with 2:37 left in the first quarter to give WSC a 10-0 lead.
In the second, senior cornerback Dimetri King recorded an interception which led to a scoring drive as sophomore quarterback Tavian Willis found junior wide receiver Mason Lee on a 35-yard score (9:24 left); Powders then knocked through a season-long 37-yard field goal (1:02 left) and senior safety Kevin Ransom recorded a 34-yard pick-six (0:35 until half).
WSC led 27-0 at the break.
The lone third quarter score came after junior linebacker Grayson Garey recovered a fumble and Bohn just needed one play on a 31-yard pitch and catch to senior wide receiver Trystyn Ducker with 4:00 left.
Wayne State went up 34-0 entering the fourth.
In the fourth, Ransom had another interception as senior tailback Deshawn Massey had a first half targeting penalty overturned and scored on a pair of rushing touchdowns from seven-yards (10:17) and 15-yards (4:20) in the final quarter of play.
The Wildcats won 48-0.
Willis finished 11-19 for 137 yards with a touchdown and ran the ball seven times for 20 yards as Bohn went 5-7 for 93 yards and a score while also running 12 times for 60 yards and a touchdown.
Massey totaled 96 yards on 10 carries with two scores; freshman running back Jacob Keiser left the game with a first half injury after carrying the ball seven times for 32 yards as senior Anthony Watkins came in for 28 yards on five carries.
Senior Taurean Grady hauled in five receptions for 112 yards; Lee tallied two first half catches for 55 yards and a score; Ducker had five receptions for 54 yards and a score as well as a carry for eight yards and Johnson recorded two grabs for 12 yards.
Ransom with two picks was joined by junior linebacker Ijaaz Rashid (forced fumble) and freshman linebacker Dexter Larson (tackle for loss) with five solo tackles each. Junior lineman Ryan Parker tallied two tackles for loss, a sack and four solo tackles; senior lineman Mike Monette had a tackle for loss, sack and four solo tackles as junior lineman Luke Sims and freshman linebacker Alex Kowalczyk both added a tackle for loss among their three solo tackles.
1st 2nd Half 3rd 4th Final:
10 17 27 7 14 48 – WSC
0 0 0 0 0 0 – Minot State
The Wildcats recorded 69 plays for 474 yards (244 rush/230 pass). WSC also went 6-13 on third down conversions; 1-1 on a fourth down conversion and were 5-5 on red-zone/scores.
The Wayne State College football team will next visit #13 Minnesota Duluth on Saturday, September 25 at 6 p.m.
Week Three NSIC Football Results:
#13 Minnesota Duluth won at Winona State, 29-23
Augustana defeated MSU Moorhead, 43-17
Sioux Falls defeated Concordia-St. Paul, 50-14
#19 Minnesota State-Mankato defeated Bemidji State, 45-24
Northern State won at Upper Iowa, 40-22
University of Mary won at Southwest Minnesota State, 45-23