Northern football came away with the first victory of the season, opening NSIC North play versus Minot State. The Wolves improve to 1-4 overall after the 45-14 win. Minot State dropped to 0-5 in league play.
The Wolves fell behind early in the first quarter after a muffed kick return but quickly answered back and took control of the game. After a four game injury, Nathan Shaw (Jr.) entered for his first field goal of the season on the Wolves first drive of the game. Shaw connected for a good 32 yard attempt, cutting Minot’s lead to four.
Scoring continued for NSU in the second quarter, off the feet of NSU tailback Nicholas Truen (So). Truen’s 13 yard rush to the end zone put the Wolves on top 10-7. With ten seconds left in the half, Kyle Lavand (Fr.) connected with Tyrell Anderson (Fr.) for the pair’s second touchdown of the season. The 23 yard reception widened the spread, and the Wolves headed to the locker room up, 17-7.
On their first possession of the second half, quarterback Christian McAlvain (Jr.) rushed 13 yards to his first touchdown of the year. Lavand and Conner Doherty (Jr.) added to the NSU lead in the third with a four yard completion for the Wolves fourth touchdown of the game. After the Shaw PAT, the Wolves were up 31-7.
Minot’s defense answered back with a forced fumble and touchdown in the fourth to cut the NSU lead, but Northern’s Channing Barber (Jr.) returned the Beaver kick-off 90 yards for his first touchdown of the season. Barber and the Wolves lengthened the lead, 38-14.
Just three plays into the Minot State drive, Brendon Hoellein (Sr.) intercepted a third down pass, putting the NSU offense back on the field. Chaka Kelly (Fr.) worked his way into the scoring mix, with his first touchdown of the season to put the Wolves up 45-14.
Leading the NSU rushing attack was Truen with a season high 87 yards and one touchdown. Truen averaged 6.2 yards per carry. Kelly followed with 70 yards of his own, and his first TD of 2015. Doherty and Anderson led the NSU receivers with 65 and 23 yards respectively.
Taylor Zemlicka (Jr.) led the NSU defense with eight tackles, followed by Blaine Schmidt (Sr.) and Trevor Heining (Jr.) with seven apiece. Barber and Noah MacPherson (Fr.) each notched six tackles, while Barber had a huge day adding one interception and a 90 yard kick return on special teams. Tanner Lopez (Jr.), Marcus Marcellus (So.), and Dalton Wangerin (Jr.) each recorded a sack in the win, for 11, 11 and 8 yards of loss respectively.
Wolves special teams added to the NSU attack. Adrian Krupka (Sr.) tallied five punts and eight kickoffs in the win, averaging 43.4 yards per punt and 58.0 yards per kickoff. Shaw notched his first field goal of the season and was perfect in point after attempts. Joe Parsley (Jr.) led the NSU punt returners with 36 yards in the win.
The Wolves return home next weekend to face MSU Moorhead in the 2015 Ag Bowl, sponsored by InsuraCrop. The Wolves and Dragons will kick-off at 1 p.m. from Swisher Field, on Saturday, October 10. Wolves are on the road again Saturday, October 17, against Minnesota State University Crookston.
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