Warriors Hold Off Peacocks 37-7
It wasn’t a shutout, and it wasn’t a stand-out game offensively for the Winona State University Football team, but they will take the win as the Warriors improve to 5-0 for the first time since 2003 with a 37-7 win over Upper Iowa at Maxwell Field at Altra Federal Credit Union Stadium.
The first quarter was a scoreless affair, as both teams would get close to scores, only to have the opposing defense shut them down.
Winona State struck first with 4:40 left to go in the half on a Carter McCauley 42 yard field goal.
Just 35 game seconds later, Andrew Spencer intercepted a Brent Lammers pass, and took the ball 27 yards for a touchdown, to give Winona State a 10-0 lead.
With 17 seconds left in the first half, Spencer again came up big, taking his second interception of the game 65 yards for another score, giving WSU a 17-0 Halftime lead. Spencer would end the game with 10 tackles to go with his 2 interceptions, 7 of them solo tackles.
In the second half, it was more of the same. McCauley started off the Warrior scoring with a 22-yard field goal, with 8:27 to go in the third quarter.
The Warrior Offense would finally get on the board when Darren Beeken connected with Isaiah Frandsen on an 11 yard scoring play, lifting the Warriors to a 27-0 lead. Beenken would go 17 of 27 for 130 yards on the day, before giving way to Freshman Owen Burke in the 4th quarter. Beenken and Burke completed passes to 11 different WSU receivers.
Landon Jacobsen found the endzone on the ground in the 4th Quarter on a 23 yard run to expand the lead to 34-0.
The Warrior defense forced 3 fumbles (2 recoveries) and 2 Interceptions of the Peacock Offense. Carter Duxbury’s fumble recovery late in the 4th led to a 48 yard field goal from McCauley to round out the win.
Upper Iowa had 372 yards of total offense, but didn’t erase the goose egg until Antoine Conner rushed for a 67 yard score with 3:23 to go in the game.
11 different Warriors rushed in the game, to go along with the 11 different receivers. Eric Birth had his second consecutive 100 yard day, carrying 16 times for 122 yards. Javian Roebuck also eclipsed the century mark with14 carries for 103 yards.
Frandsen was the Warriors leading receiver, with 5 catches for 48 yards, and a touchdown.
The Warriors (5-0), will now hit the road for their next 2 games, including next week’s contest at Sioux Falls. The October 7th tilt will kick off at 6pm. The next Warrior game on HBC TV 25 will be Homecoming, October 21 against Wayne State. That game begins at 2pm on HBC.