Winona State Edges Wildacts In NSIC South Football Contest
Posted: 13 October, 2012
WAYNE - Winona State’s Rayon Simmons rushed for 133 yards on 31 carries while becoming the all-time rushing leader in the Northern Sun Conference Saturday afternoon as the Warriors edged Wayne State College 17-13 in Northern Sun Conference football played at Bob Cunningham Field in Wayne. Winona State is now 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the NSIC South Division while Wayne State drops to 4-3 on the season and 1-2 in NSIC South Division play.
The Wildcats opened the scoring on their first possession of the game as senior place kicker Max Martin booted a 38 yard field goal giving WSC a 3-0 lead with 8:51 to play in the first quarter. The visiting Warriors answered on the ensuing drive, marching 80 yards on six plays as quarterback John Teigland connected with Jay Adams on a 20-yard scoring pass to put the Warriors up 7-3 with 2:35 to play in the first quarter.
The lone score of the second quarter came on a Max Martin field goal from 23 yards out with 12:56 to play before halftime making the score 7-6 Winona State at intermission.
Wayne State took advantage of a Winona State turnover midway through the third quarter to score a touchdown and take the lead. Wildcat junior strong safety Austan Pomajzl intercepted a John Teigland pass at the Warrior 40 yard line and returned the ball 21 yards to the Winona State 19 yard line. Two plays later, junior running back Charlie Davidson scored on a seven yard run giving Wayne State a 13-7 lead with 4:36 remaining in the third quarter.
Again, Winona State countered a Wildcat score with one of their own as the Warriors drove 75 yards on 11 plays with Rayon Simmons scoring on a four yard run with 14:24 remaining to give Winona State a 14-13 lead. On the next drive, WSC moved from their own 39 to the Winona State 40 until a Brian Kent fumble was recovered by the Warriors. Winona State turned the Wildcat miscue into three points as Jake Vercher booted a 39 yard field with 8:30 to play, giving the Warriors a 17-13 lead.
Wayne State had the ball one last time, starting from their own 20 and driving to the Winona State 21 until the drive stalled on fourth and eight and redshirt freshman quarterback Brian Kent was sacked and WSC turned the ball over on downs. Winona State then used the rushing of Rayon Simmons, who became the NSIC’s all-time leading rusher in the fourth quarter, as the Warriors gained several first downs and ran out the clock to seal the 17-13 win.
Winona State held a 314-262 edge in total offense over Wayne State. The Warriors had 121 yards rushing and 193 passing while WSC gained 150 yards on the ground with 112 yards passing. Brian Kent was the top rusher for Wayne State with 85 yards on 14 carries followed by Charlie Davidson with 46 yards on 11 carries and one score. Kent completed 8 of 17 passing for 67 yards while Nathan Most was 7 of 13 for 45 yards. Cole McDaniel was the top WSC receiver with five receptions for 66 yards while Kevin Paulsen had four catches for 16 yards.
For Winona State, senior running back Rayon Simmons gained 133 yards on 31 carries with one touchdown and became the NSIC’s all-time leading rusher. He needed 94 yards entering the game to pass the previous record of 4,216 yards held by Chris Washington of Concordia-St. Paul from 2000-03. Quarterback John Teigland completed 10 of 24 passes for 163 yards with one touchdown and one interception. His top receiver was Sean Hertz with four catches for 94 yards.
Defensively for Wayne State, sophomore linebacker Nick Monzu had a game-high 12 tackles followed by senior defensive tackle Jeff Pokorny with eight.
The Wildcats will be on the road next weekend, visiting St. Paul, Minnesota for a 1 p.m. Northern Sun Conference game at Concordia-St. Paul.