Wildcats Fall in Playoff Rematch vs Minnesota-Mankato

Tucker Ashburn, News Writer

The Wayne State College Wildcats ended their historic season, falling to #19 Minnesota State-Mankato.  

This season, the Wildcats went 9-3 (including playoffs) and made the Division 2 Playoffs for the first time since 2008 and the second time in school history. 

The Wildcats beat the Mavericks earlier in the season, but the outcomes were flipped the second time around. 

A high-powered Wildcat offense was neutralized, only putting up 249 yards of offense, with quarterback Nick Bohn going 16 for 31 for 129 yards and one touchdown with only a net gain of nine yards on the ground. Anthony Watkins got just 37 yards on the ground with 11 attempts. 

Mavericks running back Shen Butler Lawson Jr. had 119 yards on the ground on 20 attempts. The Wildcats were able to take away the passing game for the Mavericks, with Hayden Ekern going 4 for 14 for 73 yards.  

The game was tied 3-3 going into halftime, with both teams unable to get a footing. This would change in the third quarter, where the Mavericks would score a safety to start the second half, then score a touchdown, force a turnover on downs for the Wildcats, then go score another touchdown to make the score 19-3 going into the fourth quarter. 

This was the best season for the Wildcats football team in over a decade, under first-year Head Coach Logan Masters, first-year offensive coordinator Collin Prosser and sophomore quarterback Bohn who finished the season with 2246 yards and 19 touchdowns through the air and 902 yards on the ground with seven touchdowns in 12 games played.