Wayne State College Football Looking to Keep Hot Streak Alive

Nate Bope, Sports Writer

The Wayne State College Wildcats Football will open their Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference South Division schedule against the Winona State University Warriors this Saturday, Oct. 1st. 

Both teams have had good starts to the season. Wayne State College started 4-0 for the first time since 1993. They performed well through their first four games. The Wildcats beat Concordia St. Paul University last week, 48-21. On the season, Wayne State College is averaging 35.75 points per game while only allowing 16.25 points per game.  

Wildcats’ quarterback Nick Bohn is on fire as of late. In his last game against the Golden Bears on Sept. 24th Bohn threw for 227 yards and three passing touchdowns. He also had 46 rushing yards and tacked on a rushing touchdown. On the season, Bohn has 793 passing yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions, completing 65.67% of his passes this season so far. On the ground, he has 227 yards rushing with three rushing touchdowns. 

When Logan Masters was asked about the play of his quarterback, he said, “Nick keeps growing every day. And the thing that sticks out about Nick is he is even-keel. He keeps the right mindset, and it gravitates the offense towards him. He is a hard worker and sets himself up to succeed,” Logan Masters said. 

The Wildcats also have many different weapons that makes Bohn that much more dangerous. Anthony Watkins, a senior running back, leads the team with 293 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Sophomore wide receiver Jadon Johnson leads the team in receiving yards, with 308 yards and four touchdowns. He has caught a touchdown pass in every game this season. He is paired up with a senior from Wayne, Nebraska in Mason Lee, who is second on the team with 265 receiving yards and one touchdown.  

The Wayne State College defense is also playing some very good football right now. With leaders like sophomore linebacker Alex Kowalczyk and a senior defensive back J’Von France leading this defense, they are a unit that has generated lots of great opportunities for the Wildcats. The defense has 29 tackles for loss, including 12 sacks on the season. The Wildcats boast one of the best third down defenses in the NSIC, holding opponents to just a 26.67% conversion rate. They have also recovered four fumbles and generated five interceptions. 

 “We are a young team, but we have some great older leaders. Our practices have continuously gotten better and better. They love each other in that locker room, and it makes coaching these guys so much fun,” Coach Masters said. 

The game will be at Altra Federal Credit Union Stadium in Winona, Minnesota. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.