BISMARCK, ND – Facing the nation’s top run defense, the University of Mary ground game outperformed the 7th ranked University of Sioux Falls Cougars two previous opponents but the results remained the same as the Marauders dropped a 38-7 decision to visiting USF.
Sioux Falls limited their first two opponents this season to a combined -17 yards rushing and one touchdown in each game. The Marauders, second in rushing in the Northern Sun, churned out 104 yards on the ground but couldn’t consistently sustain drives.
While focused on the ground, the UMary lone Marauders touchdown of the game came through the air. Trailing 21-0 late in the second half, Colton Farmer found Jordan Beaty streaking down the slot and hit the redshirt freshman in stride for a 69 yard touchdown. It is the first career touchdown for the United States Navy veteran.
Sioux Falls immediately responded. After the corresponding kickoff to the goal line was returned 46 yards, the Cougars drove the remaining 54 yards on four plays, capped by a 27 yard Max Mickey scoring run with 3:30 left in the third quarter.
The Marauders then fumbled on their next possession, setting up the Cougars 34 yards from the goal line. It was the only turnover for either team in the game. Eight plays later and 56 seconds into the fourth quarter, Jason Towns scored his second touchdown of the game from 3 yards out to seal the Sioux Falls win.
In an entertaining first half featuring big plays and big hits, Sioux Falls scored on their first possession as Towns ran in from 12 yards out to end a 74 yard drive. USF also scored on its second possession when Mickey ran in from two yards out late in the opening stanza.
UMary’s defense then stepped forward, holding USF without points on their next three possessions, twice forcing punts and deflecting a field goal attempt.
The Marauders best scoring opportunity of the second quarter was set up by a big 3 yard tackle for loss on a second down at the USF 3 yard line by Richard Bendish, forcing the Cougars to punt from their own 5 yard line.
Taking over at the USF 40 yard line, UMary drove to the USF 22. The Marauders just missed their first points of the game when Aaron Brennen’s 39 yard field goal attempt hit the right upright.
UMary generated 188 yards of offense. Farmer ran for 46 yards and completed 2-of-3 passes for 84 yards. Beaty had a 69 yard reception and DeSahwn Gay caught one pass for 15 yards.
Noah Krebs led the Marauders defense with a game-high 16 tackles. He also broke up a pass. Jarad Zittleman had nine tackles and Dylan Anthony eight. Ryan Naki broke up two passes.
USF posted 245 of its 473 yards on the ground. Mickey ran for 150 yards and two scores. Towns added 52 yards and two touchdowns.
Ian Fieber completed 20-of-28 passes for 206 yards and a score.
A short week for the Marauders, UMary next faces Upper Iowa University on Thursday, Sept. 21, in Fayette, IA.
Credits: University of Mary Athletics
Jonathan Hilliman rushed for 205 yards and three touchdowns and Brandon Wimbush threw two touchdowns and rushed for another as #6 St. Peter’s Prep rolled to a 61-23 victory over Paul VI Group 4 Non-Public Quarterfinals in Jersey City. The Marauders will face six-seed Saint Augustine next Friday night with a chance to go to the state finals for the first time since 2009.
Paul VI got off to a great start on offense when Alec Vignola hooked up with Irving Charles from 51-yards to give the Eagle an early 7-0 advantage. Jonathon Hilliman rumbled 70 yards in one play to tie the game for the Marauders at 7.
Paul VI would roll down the field again and get a 21-yard field goal from Gavin Sintak to go back in front 10-7. After a Marauder turnover on downs, Paul VI was driven to the St. Peter’s 47 but Corey Caddle intercepted an Alec Vignola pass and took it to the Eagle 34.
Brandon Wimbush would then throw a beautifully placed deep ball to Minkah Fitzpatrick’s in stride to give the Marauders their first lead 14-10. Then Brandon Wimbush would use his legs to rumble 70 yards to extend the Marauder advantage to 20-10. Alec Vignola would hook up with Lonnie Moore to trim the deficit to 20-17.
As the first half began to close out Brandon Wimbush’s third and goal pass to Minkah Fitzpatrick was caught and the clock looked to have run out with the Caven Point siren sounding. However, Wimbush was heads up got the snap with a tenth of a second left chucked it up in the middle of the endzone and Fitzpatrick came down with it to give Prep a 26-17 halftime lead.
Jonathon Hilliman would make sure the Marauders took the final winds out of Paul VI’s sails with a 75- yard kickoff return to extend the lead to 33-17. Jonathon Hilliman finished with 15 carries for 220 yards and 3 scores on the evening.
Brandon Wimbush went 5 for 11 for 95 passing yards 2 touchdowns and added 94 yards rushing and a touchdown. Minkah Fitzpatick had 3 receptions for 55 yards and 2 touchdowns and rushed for 100 yards and a score on four carries. Said Boykin also had a rushing touchdown for the Marauders.
Saint Peter’s Prep again stands one win away from their first state finals appearance since 2009. St. Augustine will provide a stiff challenge with running back Lamont Harris who rushed for 331 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 45-28 quarterfinal win over St. Joseph’s Metuchen.