Winona edges Sioux Falls
Sioux Falls 9
The Warrior defense was swarming all night, allowing Sioux Falls to gain 309 yards of offense after the Cougars entered the night recording 418 yards per game. USF had the football six times in the second half, with Winona forcing three punts, forcing a fumble and recording a turnover on downs. The Cougars rushed for 86 yards on the game.
Rayon Simmons paced the Warrior offensive attack, rushing for 191 yards on 30 carries. Simmons became the first player to record 100 yards on the ground against Sioux Falls since Oct. 23, 2010 against Dakota Wesleyan, a span of 20 games. The effort was Simmons fourth consecutive game of at least 175 rushing yards.
Both teams scored early, with Sioux Falls taking a 6-0 lead on a seven-yard touchdown pass from Taylor Perkins to Austin VanHove. The Warriors responded with a Jake Vercher 23-yard field goal on their next possession to pull within three, 6-3. The score would remain 6-3 until the Warriors scored their lone touchdown of the day, a three-yard pass from John Teigland to Mike Houts with 4:47 to play in the third quarter. The touchdown gave Winona a 10-6 advantage.
After the Warrior offense gave the team a lead, the defense protected the advantage, forcing a fumble on USF’s next possession. Teigland threw an interception the next time the Warriors had the ball, but the Cougars went three-and-out before driving down the field to kick a 37-yard field goal with 5:30 to play.
Clinging to a one point advantage, Winona gave the ball back to Sioux Falls with 2:11 to play. The Warrior defense sacked Perkins and held on a fourth down play to preserve the victory.
Minnesota State-Moorhead 14
DULUTH, Minn. — Minnesota State-Moorhead was within 21-14 in the second quarter before No. 10 Minnesota-Duluth pulled away with 24 unanswered points in a 45-14 win over the Dragons in NSIC action on Saturday night.
Duluth took a 28-14 lead into the half after getting rushing touchdowns from freshman running back Logan Lauters, sophomore running back Brian Lucas, and junior running back Jeron Johnson and a 28-yard scoring strike from senior quarterback Chase Vogler to sophomore wide out Zach Zweifel. Junior running backs Chaz Thomas and Steve Ierulli sandwiched second-half touchdown runs around rookie Andrew Brees’ 36-yard field to complete the Hall of Fame Game triumph in UMD’s final night outing of the 2012 regular season.
Southwest Minnesota State 40
Wayne State 24
MARSHALL, Minn. — Southwest Minnesota State snapped a three-game losing streak with a dominating 40-24 homecoming victory over Wayne State on Saturday night.
Southwest racked up 509 yards of offense, including 324 on the ground, while the Mustangs’ defense limited Wayne State to just 264 yards. Gannon Moore paced the Mustangs with 157 yards rushing and one touchdown on a career-high 26 attempts. His rushing touchdown with 10 minutes and eight seconds left in the fourth quarter was the 30th of his career, setting a new school record.
Warren Matthews also had a big game for Southwest rushing for 150 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries, while also catching a 72-yard touchdown.
Bemidji State 29
University of Mary 21