|North Park (Ill.) (1-1)||0||7||7||0||14|
|Midland (Neb.) (2-0)||0||0||0||24||24|
|North Park (Ill.)||Indv. Leaders||Midland (Neb.)|
|#24 Menendez, E - 64||Rushing||#10 Vopnford, Lukas - 70|
|#9A Dinardo, A - 180||Passing||#19 Oswald, Noah - 86|
|#15 Cupicciotti - 131||Receiving||#17 Von Alvensleben - 46|
|North Park (Ill.)||Team Statistics||Midland (Neb.)|
FREMONT, Neb. – After being held scoreless the first three quarters on Saturday afternoon Midland University exploded for 24 points for the come-from-behind win over North Park University, 24-14. The Warriors improve to 2-0 on the season while North Park falls to 1-1.
Defense was the name of the game for the Warriors on a warm and humid day out at Heedum Field. Playing in their home opener Midland allowed just one conversion on third or fourth down to the Vikings, 15 attempts, allowing their offense to get back on the field.
That offense looked lost at times and it was evident on the scoreboard and in the stat sheet through three quarters of play. After 45 minutes of play the Warrior were held scoreless and amassed just 163 yards of total offense.
All of that changed in the final period though as they scored 24 unanswered point and gained one yard shy of 100 yards offensively, looking dominant at times.
"Give our guys credit, they played the fourth quarter like we had hoped they would play the first three," said coach Jeff Jamrog after the victory. "Both sides of the ball dominated the quarter. They played the way we like to play."
Things got rolling for Midland just before the final quarter began as they started their first scoring drive following a North Park punt. Noah Oswald, subbing in for the injured Garry Cannon, marched the Warriors down the field 41 yards on 12 plays. The drive was capped off by a 12 yard strike from Oswald to Malik Dumetz for six. MU would miss the extra point kick and trailed 14-6 with 14:09 remaining.
A forcing North Park to three-and-out, the offense was back on field and were aided with good field position after the Vikings interfered with Hayden Dunn's fair catch of the punt.
Starting at the Viking 35, Oswald led a quicker four play, 35 yard drive with Adrian Kellogg diving into the endzone to pull the Warriors within two. Midland would elect to go for the tie and were successful as Oswald found Dumetz again for the conversion.
With the game knotted up, and the home crowd fired up, the Midland defense once again came through forcing North Park to punt after a six play, eight yard drive.
After the interference on the previous punt, Dunn had plenty of room this time to field the ball and was able to squirt free of the oncoming Vikings and came close to returning the kick back for the go-ahead score. He was stopped just short of the goal line at the five yard line.
North Park's defense stood their ground with their backs up against wall and forced MU to attempt a field goal. Matt Stankoski redeemed himself from his earlier PAT miss and split the uprights from 24 yards out for the eventual game winning score.
Kellogg, who was inserted into the lineup after muscle cramps to the players ahead of him, sealed the game for good on Midland's next drive. He broke through the line and scampered to pay dirt to put the score out of reach.
"It was a good team win with player stepping up when their name was called," Jamrog stated. "The stat that stood out was the play of the defense. They were able to come up big on the 'money' downs, third and fourth down, to get off the field. Hats off the coaches and players for stepping up."
Next week Midland (2-0) will begin GPAC play as they host Briar Cliff (0-3). The game is part of Homecoming and Family Weekend at Midland University. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. in Fremont.