FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University’s football team picked up its second-straight conference victory on Saturday that’s to a big second half that allowed the Warriors to pull away from Dakota Wesleyan.
The Warriors (3-4 overall, 2-3 GPAC) ran away with a 52-27 win over the Tigers (1-7 overall, 0-6 GPAC) by holding them to just six points in the second half.
Midland and Dakota Wesleyan traded touchdowns throughout the first half before they ultimately went into halftime tied up at 21-21. The Tigers got two rushing touchdown’s from their quarterback Zachary Lester and one on a catch from Lester to Spencer Neugebauer.
The Warriors benefited from another solid performance from senior quarterback Noah Oswald as he threw three touchdown passes in the first half, one to each senior Ju’Nathean McAllister, senior Austan Daniels, and sophomore Austin Harris.
The shootout appeared to be on, but the Warriors had other plans. The big second half for Midland started on the first drive as the Warriors line up for a field goal attempt at the seven-yard line. Instead, Oswald rolled out his left and found junior linebacker Theo Blum in the back of the end zone to put Midland ahead 28-21 to start the half.
On their next possession, Midland added on as Oswald found senior running back Adrian Kellogg out of the backfield for a 32-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 36-21.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Warriors would add a Camdon Griffiths field goal and then tacked on another touchdown shortly thereafter as Daniels took one on an end-around to score from 26 yards out to make it 45-21 Midland.
Daniels’ touchdown was set up by an interception from sophomore linebacker Trevor Havlovic, the first of the season for Midland’s leading tackler.
Midland scored once more late in the game as Oswald avenged a pick-six from the previous possession and added a rushing touchdown, this time from 25 yards out to finish off the 52-27 victory.
Oswald finished 14-for-34 for 226 yards and six total touchdowns (five pass, one rush) to lead Midland to another conference victory, despite throwing three interceptions. Freshman running back Maximus Wold led the ground attack for the Warriors as he totaled 149 yards in 24 carries in just his second game of real action this season.
Daniels and Harris led the way for Midland pass catchers with one receiving touchdown each (Daniels also with a rushing touchdown) and 84 and 82 receiving yards, respectively.
Lester was just 13-for-26 for the Tigers and accounted for one touchdown and two interceptions. Neugebauer led all skills players for Dakota Wesleyan with 105 receiving yards on six catches.
Havlovic led the Warrior defense 12 total tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss, and an interception. Zach Acamo, Joshua Branding, and Crash Woodle each added interceptions of their own as Midland’s defense held the Tigers to 289 yards and just 12 yards on the ground.
The win is Midland’s second in a row after four straight losses, showing signs that the Warrior may be ready to turn the corner and finish off the final stretch of the season on a high note.
The Warriors travel to Jamestown, North Dakota next Saturday, October 26, for a matchup with the Jimmies (1-7 overall, 1-5 GPAC) at 1:00 p.m.