Huskies start season with big win over Concordia-St. Paul

Senior running back Ledell White scored three touchdowns in the home opener Thursday. Photo by Maddie MacFarlane.

The Huskies football team kicked the 2015 season off with a bang, as they topped NSIC rival Concordia-St. Paul 28-10 in the home opener Thursday night.

The first score of the game came from senior running back Ledell White with 6:40 left in the first quarter. This would be the start of an good game for White, who went on to have three touchdowns throughout the night.

The success of the Huskies continued on, when sophomore cornerback Keyshawn Davis hawked a poorly thrown ball thrown by Golden Bears quarterback Corey Cole, getting his first interception of the season.

As the Huskies’ offense returned to the field, a poor start to the drive due to a 7-yard loss by junior quarterback Nate Meyer led to the Huskies punting for their second time in the game.

The punt was poorly received by the Golden Bears. As the ball was muffed, Keyshawn Davis made his second huge play of the game, recovering the ball and sending the offense back onto the field.

With less than 2 minutes left in the first quarter, sophomore running back Jaden Huff took the ball 15 yards into the end zone, giving the Huskies a 14-point lead over Concordia-St. Paul.

It wasn’t until midway through the second quarter that the Golden Bears managed to put any points on the board, with the teams kicker sailing a 43-yard field goal through the uprights.

The Huskies responded on the very next drive, with Ledell White getting his second score of the night as he leaped into the end zone from the 1-yard line.

The Huskies continued to shut down any offensive attempts from the Golden Bears as they stopped them from scoring on a third-and-goal attempt as the game went into half time.

Midway through the third quarter it looked like the Golden Bears were possibly building some momentum as they scored on a 17-yard completion. That was until White put up his third touchdown of the evening, pushing the game even further out of reach for the Golden Bears.

This would be the Huskies final score of the game as they focused on their defense,  maintaining their lead. Keyshawn Davis made another big play, recovering a fumble at the St. Cloud 26-yard line.

Concordia-St. Paul controlled the clock for the majority of the fourth quarter, where after a turnover on downs at St. Cloud’s 11-yard line, they finally pulled quarterback Corey Cole from the game.

The Huskies drained the last several minutes of the game before punting the ball back to the Golden Bears. After two plays, the Huskies watched the clock expire and rallied together in celebration of a dominant victory over their NSIC rival.

With this win, the Huskies will travel to Augustana College Sept. 12, looking to start the season 2-0 against the Vikings.

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