SEWARD, Neb. – The Midland University football team responded to its first loss of the season in a big way with a decisive road victory at Concordia University on Saturday.
The Warriors (3-1, 1-1 GPAC) cruised to a 35-7 victory over the Bulldogs (2-1, 1-1 GPAC)
Midland won this one on defense, holding Concordia to just 274 yards of total offense and just one touchdown.
“It was a great bounce back win today,” said Midland head coach Jeff Jamrog. “I’m very proud of all three units today, it’s the most complete game we’ve played all year.”
Midland only allowed one third-down conversion on the day from the Bulldogs (10 attempts), while the Warriors converted 14 of their 18 attempts.
Cornerback Tyler Blanco and linebacker Jett Hampton led the Warriors with five total tackles each while linebackers Jason Martin and Soga Eli each contributed sacks in the strong outing. Concordia managed just 78 rushing yards against the stout Midland defense.
“We won the battle on both sides of the ball,” said Jamrog, “and were able to have a 265-78 rushing yards advantage.”
Lukas Vopnford opened the scoring with a 19-yard touchdown run with 10:41 left in the first quarter. Vopnford contributed 56 rushing yards on the day.
The Warriors scored twice more in the half, both times in the second quarter. First, Peyton Nelson ran for a score from six yards out. Then on the next possession, Nelson found Mike Seawell for a 30-yard touchdown through the air, giving Midland a 21-0 halftime lead.
The Bulldogs came out of halftime with renewed energy that translated to their first score of the day. They got on the board four minutes into the second half after getting good field position to start the half. Jake Kemp found Arthur Anderson for a one-yard touchdown reception, cutting the Midland lead to 21-7.
Midland silenced the Bulldogs’ offense after that, and added a pair of short touchdown runs from Gary Cannon (seven yards) and Vopnford (six yards) to finish off the 35-7 win.
Nelson finished the afternoon 16-26 passing for 242 yards. Seawell caught five passes for 136 yards receiving and also added 65 rushing yards, giving him 213 all-purpose yards for the game.
“It’s always good to beat an instate team,” said Jamrog. “We will enjoy this one tonight and get ready for Jamestown next week.”
Midland (3-1, 1-1 GPAC) returns home next Saturday, September 29 to host Jamestown (1-4, 0-3 GPAC) on Homecoming Weekend. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. at Heedum Field in Fremont, Nebraska.