WAYNE – With the wind gusting near 33 mph Saturday afternoon, the Wayne State College football team hosted their annual Homecoming/Hall of Fame Game.
From Bob Cunningham Field, WSC entertained Minnesota Crookston.
Entering the day, the ‘Cats only had one rushing touchdown as that changed when three different running backs scored. Junior Lorenzo Logwood scored from three-yards out; redshirt freshman Devin Merkuris ran in from two yards out while junior Deshawn Massey ran in from 19 yards. Sophomore linebacker Nick Joynt also recorded a safety and sophomore defensive back J’Von France added a 41-yard interception return for a touchdown as Wayne State held on for the 30-7 win. WSC is now 2-3 while UMC fell to 0-5.
Wayne State held a 7-0 lead through the first half and added 16-third quarter points to go up 23-0. Both teams then scored a touchdown in the fourth. Senior placekicker Ethan Knudson was 4-4 on extra points.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Tavian Willis was 2-4 for 20 yards and was the leading rusher with eight rushes for 148 yards. Sophomore quarterback Alex Thramer was 1-2 for 13 yards and ran twice for one yard. Merkuris (one catch for 15 yards) carried the ball 18 times for 106 yards and a touchdown; Logwood finished with 11 carries for 49 yards and a touchdown as Massey added five carries for 35 yards and a score.
Sophomore wideout Mason Lee caught two passes for 18 yards.
Joynt was the top Wildcat defender with 14 tackles (10 solo) while adding two TFLs (17 yards); one sack (five yards) and fumble recovery. Senior linebacker Ian Ailts followed with nine tackles (seven solo) and a tackle for loss. Senior defensive lineman Jacob Protzman had 2.5 sacks (17 yards) while sophomore lineman Ryan Parker tallied 1.5 sacks (10 yards).
Although Wayne State was held to 33 yards passing, the team finished with 376 yards rushing (7.5 average per run).
The Wayne State College football team will next visit #12 Minnesota Duluth on Saturday, October 12 at 1 p.m.