In their final game of cross divisional play, the Northern State University football tallied 439 yards of total offense to defeat Concordia-St. Paul 31-7 from Swisher Field. The Wolves improve to 2-2 overall and 2-0 from the Swish.
Northern out-outplayed the Golden Bears as their 439 yards, bested CSP’s 195 in the game. The Wolves notched 25 first downs in the win, and completed 9-of-16 third down conversions. Defensively NSU tallied one interception and added seven tackles for a total loss of 32 yards, including four sacks.
The Wolves scored early and often beginning with their second drive of the game. Eight plays and 60 yards from the drive start, Nicholas Truen ran three yards to the Golden Bear end zone to put the Wolves up 6-0. Jacob Wiedrich connected or the PAT, his first of four in the win. Christian McAlvain added the team’s longest rush of the game, on their third drive of the first quarter; a 46 yarder to the goal line and the Wolves were up 14-0 heading into the second.
The second quarter ticked down as the two teams traded drives, through the first 11 minutes of play. McAlvain connected with a leaping Conner Doherty for the Wolves first passing touchdown of the game, with 20 seconds left on the clock. The nine play, 38 yard drive put the Wolves up 21-0 at the half.
Wiedrich added the team’s first score of the second half, hitting a 30 yard field goal attempt with 6:34 on the clock. Concordia-St. Paul answered with their first and only touchdown, a 15 yard pass with 1:58 remaining in the quarter. The 17 points spread didn’t last long, as the Wolves added their fourth and final touchdown score. As the clock hit zero, McAlvain found Taylor Houchin open in the end zone, completing a 15 yard pass.
McAlvain paced the NSU offense, completing 14-of-19 passes without an interception. The senior threw for 128 yards with a 35 yard long to Zachery Barber. He also added a team leading 157 yards rushing, averaging 9.2 yards per carry. Nicholas Truen was second on the team with 87 yards rushing on 17 carries and one touchdown. Barber led the NSU receivers with 40 yards on two catches, while Doherty and Houchin notched 28 and 27 respectively.
Chad Stoterau led the Wolves defense with eight tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. Stoterau also saw time on offense completing a 21 yard pass from McAlvain. Matt Thorson was second on the team with five solo tackles. He also added a team leading two pass breakups and two tackles for a loss. Channing Barber matched Thorson with two breakups of his own, while Tanner Lopez notched the team’s lone interception. Lopez tallied one of the team’s four sacks, as well as Tyson Zemlicka and Joe Gorghuber. Gorghuber recorded a game best loss of 14 yards on the play.
Wiedrich tallied just two punts in the game, averaging 50.0 yards. He made an impressive pickup on his first of the afternoon, after recovering a bad snap and still completing the kick to the Golden Bear one. The sophomore also averaged 54.0 yards per kickoff, notching a total of 328 yards in the game. Joe Parsley led the Wolves returners with two catches for 35 yards off CSP punts.
Northern returns home next Saturday for a 2:30 p.m. match-up with Minot State in the 101th Annual Gypsy Days celebration.