ABERDEEN, SD (NSUWolves.com) – The Northern State University football team came away with a 28-20 victory in the 102nd Gypsy Days game over Minnesota State University Moorhead. With the win, the Wolves improve to 2-3 overall and 1-0 in NSIC North Division play.
The Wolves scored first on their first possession of the game, as Nicholas Truen rushed for his first touchdown of the season. Truen added two more rushing scores in the game in the second and fourth quarters. He tallied his second score with 3:56 left in the second quarter with a three yard rush. His final touchdown gave the Wolves a cushion as they lead 21-20 prior to the score. The senior broke through the defenders and ran for 72 yards to the goal line. Nick Kayl also experienced a first for the Wolves tallying the first touchdown of his career in the third quarter. Hunter Trautman scrambled away from the Dragon defense and threw up a long ball to Kayl for the 39 yard touchdown pass. Kayl’s score gave Northern the 21-17 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Northern tallied 216 yards rushing and 129 yards passing with 15 total first downs. NSU averaged 5.8 yards per carry and 7.6 yards per completion. They converted on 4-of-13 third downs and 2-of-3 fourth downs, while scoring on both red-zone chances.
Trautman tallied 129 yards passing, making ten completions with one touchdown and 39 yard long. Truen led the team with 119 yards rushing, notching his first 100-plus game of the season. The senior averaged 7.4 yards per carry with a team leading 16 attempts. Zech Culbreath was second on the team with 59 yards rushing, while Jacob Wiedrich notched 19 yards on a trick-punt in the first quarter. Kayl led the receivers with 60 yards on two receptions, followed by Cody Kraft with 29 yards on three receptions.
Three Wolves tallied double figure tackles on the afternoon led by Josh Coyle with a season high 13. Coyle tallied eight solo stops, and one tackle for a loss. He was followed by AJ Frazier and Noah MacPherson with 12 and ten tackles respectively. Both Frazier and MacPherson notched a pass break-up, while MacPherson tallied a tackle for a loss of five yards. Preston Droessler notched the team’s lone sack for a loss of 18 yards, while Alex Gray and Brian Sumption tallied a pass break-up each.
The Wolves will have a quick turn around this week as they face off against Minot State at 7 p.m. on Thursday on the road.