In their final home game of the 2018 season, the Northern State University football team shutout Minnesota Crookston 27-0. The Wolves recorded their first shutout since the 2015 season. NSU improves to 4-6 overall and 3-3 in the NSIC North.
The Wolves scored first on their second drive of the afternoon as Hunter Trautman hit Spencer Johnsonfor a 7-yard touchdown. Dakota Larson also scored in the quarter, notching is second rushing touchdown of the season. The 15-yard run put the Wolves up 14-0 with 5:09 left to play.
Northern added two more scores in the second, but this time off the foot of senior Jacob Wiedrich. The Moorhead native recorded two field goals from 33 and 22 yards out. He led the team in the win with nine points scored. Boston Bauer tallied the final touchdown of the game as the clock wound down in the fourth. Trautman connected with a drifting Bauer for the 34-yard touchdown pass with just 3:34 left in regulation.
As a team, NSU tallied 18 first downs, 174 yards rushing, and 172 yards passing. They averaged 4.4 yards per carry and 7.8 yards per catch, with 346 yards of total offense. The defense recorded four sacks for a total loss of 55 yards, as well as one interception. They held the Golden Eagles to just 3-of-20 on third down and 3-of-7 on fourth down.
Trautman threw for 172 total yards, completing 12 of his 21 attempts on the afternoon. He recorded two touchdowns and a 39-yard long. Gerald Maxwell led the Wolves rushers with 80 yards, averaging 6.2 yards per carry with a 15-yard long. Larson was second on the team with 63 yards rushing, and led the Wolves with 41 yards receiving. He was closely followed by senior Zech Culbreath with 40 yards receiving as well.
Chuck Chandler and Brayden McNeary led the defense with six tackles apiece. McNeary recorded 2.5 tackles for a loss of 17 yards, including one sack. Etienne Ezeff and Noah MacPherson added five tackles each, with MacPherson recording a team high 4.5 tackles for a loss. He also added a sack, as well Chase Teiken and Bryce Zawatzke. TJ Roberts grabbed the team’s only interception and returned it for 12 yards, and led the team alongside Ezeff with three pass breakups.
Wiedrich recorded 168 yards punting and 287 yards on kickoffs. He averaged 42.0 yards per punt with a 60-yard long and three inside the 20. The senior also went 3-for-3 in PATs and 2-for-3 in field goal attempts. Culbreath and Roberts led the returners with 28 and 12 yards respectively.
Northern concludes the season next Saturday on the road at Minnesota Duluth. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. versus the Bulldogs.
Courtesy: NSU Athletics