Warrior Football Defeats Northern State
The final score might not be impressive, but most everything else was in Winona State’s 26-7 win over Northern State in non-division NSIC play Saturday at Maxwell Field at Altra Federal Credit Union Stadium.
Every facet of the Warrior attack was in sync against the Wolves.
Jack Nelson continues his march to become the first 10,000 yard passer in Winona State history. Nelson was 24-25 for 332 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Nelson currently sits at 9822 yards passing in his Warrior career, which is second all-time in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference to just Cole Jaeschke. Jaeschke played for Upper Iowa from 2011-2014, and holds the NSIC career passing record with 11,581 yards. Nelson is now 1759 yards away from that mark with at least 8 games left in his Warrior career.
Nelson’s only touchdown of the day was to Cameron Johnson on a 37-yard play, with 2:34 left to go before halftime.
While Nelson racked up the 17th 300-yard passing performance of his Warrior career, he didn’t have to create touchdowns with his arm. He had plenty of help from the Warrior ground game. Paul Preston and Eric Birth both scored, with Preston gaining 87 yards on 22 carries, and Birth adding 28 yards on 10 carries.
Warrior kicker Carter McCauley, still hampered by a hamstring injury, was replaced in the second quarter by Nathaniel Gennrich. Head Coach Tom Sawyer said in the week leading up to the game, that if McCauley was not able to go, he would pull the redshirt on his Freshman kicker. Sawyer did, and he was rewarded, as Gennrich connected on field goals of 31 and 28 yards.
The Warrior defense also played well, holding a shutout until mid fourth quarter, when Northern’s Kyle Lavland scored on a 7 yard touchdown run.
The Warrior “D” made a pair of interceptions, one from Mike Imperiale in the second quarter, and one from Andrew Spencer in the third quarter. Winona State also sacked Wolves quarterback Christian McAlvain twice, and allowed just 92 yards through the air, and 102 yards on the ground.
Winona State’s offense, meanwhile, had 332 passing yards, and 131 rushing yards, for 463 yards of total offense.
Watch highlights here: https://youtu.be/8b4EZO_NGlo
The Warriors improve to 2-1 on the season, while Northern State falls to 1-2. Next for the Warriors will be a game at Mary, next Saturday at 1 PM. Next home game is October 1, when the Warriors host Minnesota State at 1 PM, a game you can watch on HBC TV 25, HD Channel 525.
(Photo by Lindsay Oien)