JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Midland University’s football team has flipped the script from the first half of the season and found its stride as the Warriors surged to their third straight win on Sunday with a blowout road victory.
The Warriors (4-4 overall, 3-3 GPAC) overpowered the Jimmies (1-8 overall, 1-6 GPAC) right from the start and steadily worked their way to a 42-14 win in the team’s first ever trip to Jamestown, North Dakota.
Midland’s defense set the tone as the Jimmies drove down the field on the first possession, but the Warriors employed a “bend-but-don’t-break” mentality and forced a fumble from Jimmy Hatch. Senior defensive lineman Warren Thomas fell on it and Midland took over.
The ensuring drive for the Warriors was capped off with a 19-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Noah Oswald to senior wide receiver Austan Daniels. The drive went for 86 yards and took just 3:20 off the clock.
The Warriors scored again on the next possession just before the end of the first quarter as freshman wide receiver Quincy Nichols set the offense up with great field position after a 53-yard punt return to the Jamestown 25 yard line. Freshman running back Maximus Wold capped off the four-play drive with a three-yard rushing touchdown to put the Warriors up 14-0.
Each team scored once in the second quarter as the Jimmies got on the board early in the period with a six-yard touchdown rush from Marcus Giles. Later it was Oswald that broke free for the Warriors and struck on a 64-yard touchdown run to give Midland a 21-7 halftime lead.
Midland took possession to start the second half and kept the momentum going as Oswald connected with sophomore wide receiver Austin Harris for a 43-yard pitch-and-catch touchdown.
Jamestown would score their second and final touchdown midway through the third quarter as Jordan Mann found Giles for a 41-yard touchdown pass to cut the deficit to 28-14.
The Warriors put the final touches on the win with another touchdown in the third quarter and a final score in the closing seconds of the game. In the third, Wold finished off a drive with a two-yard rush for his second of the game. Oswald later found junior wide receiver Colby Stevens for a two-yard grab in the final minute of play to close out the 42-14 win.
Oswald led the Warrior offense again with 178 yards passing and 108 yards rushing, making him the team’s leading rusher in a game for the first time this season. Oswald accounted for four touchdowns and completed 12 of his 21 pass attempts.
Wold was the premier back with 24 carries and 105 yards in the game, making it the second straight game he has rushed for over 100 yards. His two touchdowns also makes it the first multi-touchdown game of his career.
Only three players caught passes for the Warriors as Daniels, Harris, and Stevens combined for all 178 of Oswald’s passing yards and reeled in one touchdown each.
Midland’s defense also did its fair share as a pair of defensive backs – senior Ashton Ellis and sophomore Crash Woodle – reeled in one interception each as the secondary helped hold the Jimmies to 14 points. Junior linebacker Zach Acamo also led the team with 11 total tackles.
After a sluggish few weeks, Midland’s offense seems to be back to form despite a handful of injuries that have plagued some of their skill players. It’s a sign that the Warriors are putting those rough weeks behind them and have their minds set on finishing the season out strong.
Midland plays on the road again next Saturday, November 2, when the Warriors travel to Seward, Nebraska to take on the Concordia University Bulldogs at 1:00 p.m.