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ABERDEEN, S.D. (KELO) — Northern State raced out to a 28-0 lead before USF could even score as the Wolves would roll to their third straight victory, 41-10 over USF.
“That’s a really great team that we just beat. They’re a great program and we’ve been gearing up for this thing for a long time,” Northern State head coach Mike Schmidt said. “We knew this was one we had to win. We had to win as a program to kind of set ourselves up for success. At some point we’ve got to beat these guys. All week we tried to get our guys ready to play at the highest level. We were due for this and we knew we were going to play like this.”
Northern State won the toss and electing to receive… with that drive, they made a statement.
The Wolves used just 1 minute and 37 seconds to go 65 yards on five plays to strike first. It was a Vance Barnes 24 yard touchdown run.
“I felt like we had a really good game plan coming in. Our openers were really nice. Our coaches do a really good job scheming things up,” Northern State quarterback Hunter Trautman said. “Sioux Falls is a heck of a defense, but we just put up 41 (points) there. Guys just came out to play and our offensive line was unbelievable today.”
USF would put together a solid drive, but the Wolves defense would hold, forcing a turnover on downs.
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Seven plays, 70 yards and just two minutes later, Northern State struck again as Hunter Trautman found Dakota Larson for a 30 yard score.
In just six minutes and 32 seconds, Northern State led 14-0.
“We’ve heard for the last two weeks how we’ve started slow and that was certainly a point of emphasis this week,” Schmidt said. “All week, it was getting ready to start really fast. We won the toss, took the ball. We knew we had a great game play offensively.”
14-0 seemed like a good start but Northern State did one better as their third drive resulted in yet another touchdown.
This drive was a little more work as they needed eight plays and nearly five minutes.
The Wolves were facing third down and 23 yards to go, when Isaiah Cherrier broke free for the 37 yard touchdown.
End of one quarter, 21-0 Wolves.
The second quarter saw a lot of the some stuff as Trautman connected with Dewaylon Ingram on the touchdown.
Northern State built a 31-0 lead, before USF even scored.
From there, the Northern State defense did the rest. They allowed just ten points while forcing three turnovers over the course of the game.
“We use that as fuel. We see them (the offense) do their thing and as a team, we’ve got to play together, so when they do their part, it’s only right for the defense to do their part,” Northern State defensive back Donovan Lucas said. “We got two scores right away and they (USF) kind of went away from their game plan, which is run the ball, so they put it in the air and we made some big stops.”
The Wolves are now 3-1 on the season, following their dominating 41-10 win over USF, who now falls to 2-2.
“This is huge for building your program. I don’t think anyone in the locker room right now, is shocked at all. I really think, that we think we’re a good team,” Schmidt said. “We understand how shocked the outside world can be, because they haven’t seen this out of this program.”