SIOUX CITY, Iowa – On Saturday, No. 22 Midland University team took to the road for the final time in 2018. Unfortunately, the Warriors didn’t return home via Highway 77 with a win. Briar Cliff University (6-4, 4-4 GPAC) defeated the Warriors (7-3, 5-3 GPAC) by a score of 42-20 as Briar Cliff churned out a season-high in points scored on its Senior Day.
The Chargers tallied 454 yards of total offense using an attack that was as balanced as any team could possibly manufacture. With 247 yards rushing, another 207 yards passing, and three touchdowns via each asset, the Chargers clicked on all cylinders, and the Warriors couldn’t find an answer.
Briar Cliff quarterback Brad Cagle finished 10-18 passing for those 207 yards and three touchdowns. He connected with Elijah Brown four times for 79 yards to pace the Chargers. Cagle also found Tyler French twice in the game, both link ups resulting in touchdowns.
Noah Ylagan led the offense on the ground with 150 yards on 27 attempts for the Chargers. Ylagan, Mark Snorton, and the quarterback Cagle each rushed for one touchdown in the win.
“Very disappointing performance today in Sioux City,” head coach Jeff Jamrog commented after the game. “We got outplayed in all three units. Hats off to Briar Cliff.”
The Warriors’ offensive numbers do not tell the whole story. At first glance, you’ll see that the Warriors notched 329 yards of total offense as junior quarterback Noah Oswald was 18-39 for 253 yards passing. Plus, senior receiver Mike Seawell had another solid game, catching six passes for 93 yards and a touchdown.
What ultimately downed the Warriors was converting when it mattered most. On the afternoon, Midland was just 2-14 on third downs, and just 1-6 on fourth down. The Warriors were also flagged eight times for 117 yards.
“We had a poor first half, just like last week at Doane,” Coach Jamrog added. “Unfortunately it wasn’t a tale of two halves this time around. Briar Cliff’s ability to run the ball and inability to run it was the difference.”
Junior Keenan Smith kept the Warriors in the game in the second quarter, rushing for a pair of touchdowns that totaled 50 and two yards. Smith led the ground game with 85 rushing yards.
The Warriors’ special teams units also did their parts in setting up favorable field position. Junior Darrin Gentry returned five kickoffs for 163 yards, his longest going for 67. Freshman Dalton Tremayne and Seawell pitched in one return each for a total of 28 yards. Seawell also had 37 punt return yards.
Defensively, junior safety Ashton Ellis led the Warriors in tackles for the second week in a row, notching 13 total tackles (six solo) on Saturday. Defensive linemen Johan Williams and David Hansen each contributed a sack totaling 10 yards lost for Briar Cliff.
“We need to put this difficult loss behind us as we have a talented Dort team coming to Fremont on Saturday. We want to end the season on a high note, especially for our senior class who have made a great impact on our program.”
Midland will return home for their final game of the 2018 season as they host Dordt (6-3, 5-3 GPAC) next Saturday, November 10. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. at Heedum Field with a pregame recognition of the 2018 senior class before the game.