Wolves Howl At Mary
Northern State Wins On The Road 52-7
The Northern State University football team downed the University of Mary in week 9 of NSIC action with a score of 52-7. The Wolves improved to 5-4 overall and 3-2 in the NSIC North Division with just two games remaining in the regular season.
The two teams were scoreless through the first quarter of play, however the Wolves stuck first in the second. Nicholas Truen rushed for two yards for the Wolves first score of the day at the midway point of the second. Northern rattled off another seven points just five minutes later, as Christian McAlvain tallied a four yard rushing touchdown. McAlvain was not finished as he added his second rushing score just one minute later. The Wolves regained the ball in the half with just 17 seconds on the clock. With a quick three play drive, McAlvain connected with Zachery Barber for the first passing touchdown of the game, a 44 yard completion at that. The Wolves and Marauders entered the locker at the half as the scoreboard read 28-0 in favor of the Wolves.
Northern kept the good vibes rolling in the third as McAlvain and Conner Doherty teamed up on the second drive of the half. The 58 yard completion put the Wolves up 34-0, followed by Nathan Shaw’s fourth made PAT of the game. Shaw was next up for the Wolves with five minutes remaining in the third. The Northern junior hit is fifth straight field goal of the season, this time from 20 yards out, to put the Wolves up 38-0. The Wolves were not done in the third, as the NSU defense stepped up for the first score of the game. Brendon Hoellein intercepted Nick McCann’s pass and returned it 26 yards to the goal line for Northern fifth touchdown of the game.
The Marauders answered with their own score in the fourth, however it did not last long. Jake Comeaux entered the game in the third and recorded his first career touchdown in the fourth. The Wolves redshirt freshman hit Tyler Oftedahl for a 26 yard touchdown pass, which was also the senior’s first touchdown of his career. The score put the Wolves up 52-7 with under nine minutes remaining in the game.
McAlvain paced the Northern offense with 186 yards passing, including a 58 yard long to Doherty on the Wolves fourth score of the day. Comeaux also appeared in his second game of the season, tallying 49 yards passing and one touchdown to Oftedahl. Zachery Barber was also in the passing column for the Wolves with a 26 yard completion to Christian McAlvain on the Wolves third drive of the first quarter.
Doherty led the Northern receivers with 62 yards on two receptions and one touchdown. He was followed by Z. Barber and Oftedahl with 46 and 33 yards respectively. Stephen Erlandson led the Northern rushers with 96 total yards, averaging 7.4 yards per carry with a 31 yard long. Truen was second on the team with 82 yards, averaging 4.8 per carry, while Chaka Kelly notched 76 yards with a 28 yard long.
Josh Coyle led the Northern defense with seven tackles in the win, followed by Channing Barber and Brendon Hoellein with five each. Barber notched one of the team’s two pass break-ups, while Hoellein tallied the lone interception which he returned for a score. Quest Parham tallied four tackles, alongside Dalton Wangerin and was also one of six Wolves with a tackle for a loss. Tyson Zemlicka also tallied a tackle for a loss with the team’s only sack of the game, resulting in an 11 yard loss.
Zech Culbreath and C. Barbed recorded the two kickoff returns for a combined 37 yards. Shaw kicked for 530 yards off kickoffs, averaging 58.0 yards per kick. Jacob Wiedrich punted for another 119 yards, averaging 39.7 yards per kick with a 48 yard long.
Northern will return home next Saturday for their final game from Swisher Field in 2016. The Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles will come to town for the 61st annual NSU Shrine Game. Kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. on the 5th.