Fans enjoyed quite the treat on a brisk and cloudy Halloween afternoon, as the Huskies (4-4, 4-4 NSIC) dominated the MSU-Moorhead Dragons (4-4, 4-4 NSIC).
The Huskies started off hot with a kick return for a touchdown to start the game. Adding to the excitement was a burst up the middle by #1 Jaden Huff for an 80-yard score. The first quarter saw big plays from both sides as the Huskies outshined Moorhead in every facet of the game to take a 21-7 lead into the second quarter.
SCSU began the second quarter by throwing a red zone interception, but quickly turned away the Dragons with an interception of their own by Jerry Duckworth III. This would be one of two interceptions in the first half by defensive back Duckworth III.
Jameson Parsons, #11, showed why he came into the game as the third best receiver in division II in terms of receiving yards. Parsons ran by the Dragons to attain over 100 yards receiving in the first half and added two touchdowns as well.
Parsons also broke the 1,000-yard mark for receiving yards this season. The Huskies’ offense showed great balance in the first half with strong contributions from receiver Jameson Parsons, scrambles by Nate Meyer, and runs by sophomore running back Jaden Huff.
Huff ran with a purpose in the first half, breaking off an 80-yard run and scoring two touchdowns. SCSU had a season high for points in a half, with 45 in the first half of play.
In the third quarter, the SCSU defense struggled to keep up the intensity, as the Dragons added an early score to make it 45-21. The Huskies’ offense struggled as well, barely staying in positive yardage in the third quarter.
One highlight of the third saw #20 Jerry Duckworth III add a sack to his impressive day in which he snagged two interceptions. Moorhead ended the third quarter with the ball inside the SCSU two yard line.
The Dragons started the fourth quarter by punching the ball in with a short run to make the score 45-28. While MSU Moorhead may have seen a glimmer of hope for a comeback, the Huskies would extinguish, scoring two more times to make the final score 59-21.
The dagger coming on a run by #34 Ledell White. SCSU would eclipse 500 yards on offense in the fourth. This is the fourth time this season the Huskies’ offense has gained over 500 hundred yards of offense in a game.
MSU Moorhead struggled for much of the game, in large part due to four interceptions thrown by Dragons QB Demetrius Carr. The SCSU defense had a strong performance that saw two players with two interceptions apiece. Jordan Sefon, #23, had two picks, one for a score, and #20 Jerry Duckworth III had two picks as well.
SCSU blew out the Dragons in what on paper should have been a close game between two teams stuck in the middle of the North Division.
With this win, SCSU keeps themselves mathematically in position to finish the season in first or second place in the North Division of the NSIC. The Huskies hope to continue their success as they host Northern State University (4-4, 4-4 NSIC) next weekend.