Men’s football dominates Minnesota-Crookston

Men’s football controlled the field Saturday, defeating Minnesota-Crookston 62-14. Photo by Maddie MacFarlane.

The St. Cloud State football team (2-2, 2-2 NSIC) rolled over the Minnesota-Crookston Golden Eagles (0-4, 0-4 NSIC) in a NSIC north rivalry match Saturday afternoon 62-14 at Husky Stadium.

The Huskies had no trouble getting on the scoreboard Saturday, amassing a season high 555 yards behind their junior quarterback, Nate Meyer. The Huskies struck early, with a 78-yard drive capitalized by a 4-yard rush up the middle by sophomore Jaden Huff to lead 7-0. Huff wasn’t done there, scoring on a 1 yard rush late in the first quarter to establish a 14-0 lead for the Huskies going into the second quarter.

The Golden Eagles offense couldn’t get the ball rolling against the stout St. Cloud State defense, who are only allowing 23 points per game. The defense pounced on the Golden Eagles from the start, led by team captain Brady Westart and linebacker Adam Josephson. Westart and Josephson accounted for six tackles each. The Golden Eagles’ only real attempt in the first half came from a 51-yard field goal attempt by Mike Maw, which fell just short, keeping the Golden Eagles scoreless.

The second quarter proved dismal for the Golden Eagles, who couldn’t control the tempo of the Huskies’ offense. Meyer scrambled out of the pocket for a big 51-yard rushing touchdown to open the floodgates for the Huskies in the 2nd quarter. Meyer finished the game with 280 yards passing and added another 79 yards on the ground. Junior wideout Jameson Parsons finished the game with 133 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Parsons has topped 100 yards in three consecutive games, including a big 180-yard performance against SMSU. Parsons leads all eligible receivers in the NSIC with his average of 19.9 yards per reception. The Golden Eagles’ defense allowed 28 points in the second half for a dominating 41-0 lead for the Huskies at half.

The Huskies rested their starters early in the second half after senior and team captain Ledell White found the end-zone on a 7-yard rush. The Golden Eagles got on the scoreboard with a 23-yard touchdown pass from Tra Hearns to Constant Jackson late in the 3rd quarter to cut the lead to 48-7. The Golden Eagles wouldn’t find the end zone until 40 seconds left in the game when Hearns found receiver Adam Connette for a 23-yard connection.

The Huskies’ win increases their domination of the Golden Eagles in their series that started in 2003. St. Cloud State is now 12-0 against Minnesota-Crookston in the series, by an all-time score of 677-122. The Huskies improved their record to 3-2 or better for the fifth time since Scott Underwood took over as the head coach in 2008.

This game was SCSU’s annual Hall of Fame/Military & Veteran Appreciation Day, which included the addition of 8 members to St. Cloud State’s Hall of Fame.

Next up for the Huskies is a tough road matchup against the 25th ranked Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs in Duluth next Saturday at 1:05 PM for their Homecoming game.

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