Close loss for Huskies on Senior Day

The Huskies had a touch match-up Saturday against Northern State, losing 31-24. Photo by Maddie MacFarlane.
The Huskies had a touch match-up Saturday against Northern State, losing 31-24. Photo by Maddie MacFarlane.

If anything, it was a memorable game for the SCSU (5-5, 5-5 NSIC) seniors as they couldn’t pull of the senior day win versus Northern State (6-4, 6-4 NSIC) in a 31-24 defeat. It was a back and forth contest that saw multiple turnovers, which were not due to poor play but a result of great plays by both teams.

Defense dominated the first quarter as both teams struggled to move the ball. The punters for both teams had a workout as there were a total of five punts in the first. Northern State got on the board first, scoring on a reverse flea flicker to a wide open Tyrell Anderson. This score came on the heels of a NSU punt that hit a SCSU player giving the Wolves the ball deep in Husky territory. The Huskies answered right away with a 42-yard pass to a wide open Grant Thayer. The end of the first saw quick scores by both teams as they entered the second quarter tied 7-7.

Both offenses came to life in the second quarter. Northern State scored early as they moved the ball easily to make the score 14-7. The Wolves would follow that score with a field goal after intercepting a throw by Husky quarterback Nate Meyer. SCSU answered with an efficient drive of their own, which ended with a field goal as the first half came to a close. With this field goal, the Huskies were able to pull within a touchdown with the score at 17-10 going into the second half. While the Husky defense struggled to slow down the NSU offense, running back Ledell White ran all over the Wolves defense. White would finish the first half with 109 yards on 13 carries.

Husky quarterback Nate Meyer started the second half looking to make up for his two interceptions. He did just that leading the Huskies on an eight-play 71-yard drive. Meyer gained much of that yardage through the air and ended the drive with a short scramble for a score, tying the game 17-17. Showing some inspired play of their own, the Huskies came up with a fumble recovery caused by #91 Kile Minnis. SCSU took advantage of this turnover scoring on a beautiful reception by #3 Kasai Farris, taking a 24-17 lead. As the Huskies dominated on both sides of the ball for much of the third quarter, NSU made a late push ending the third quarter on the Husky 16-yard line.

Northern State opened the fourth quarter with a passing touchdown to tie the game 24-24. As both teams traded possession’s for much of the fourth, NSU broke the tie with less four minutes left. It came as Wolves receiver Taylor Houchin broke wide open down the middle for a touchdown, giving them a 31-24 lead. This score would be all the Northern State Wolves would need to come away with the win.

The SCSU offense was unable to answer and NSU closed out the game by running out the clock. With this 31-24 win over the Huskies, Northern State extends their winning streak to six games. SCSU had a great game on both sides of the ball but couldn’t pull out a win in a turnover filled game. The difference in this game could be seen in the quarterback matchup. SCSU couldn’t slow down NSU quarterback Kyle Lavand who threw for 282 yards and four touchdowns. While Nate Meyer had an impressive day with two passing touchdowns and a touchdown on the ground, his three interceptions made it tough to hold a lead.

The Huskies (5-5, 5-5 NSIC) wrap up their season as they travel to Bismarck, ND to take on the University of Mary (1-9, 1-9 NSIC). Northern State (6-4, 6-4 NSIC) looks to continue their dominance of the North Division as they travel to Bemidji State (6-4, 6-4 NSIC).

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