Defense Dominates U-Mary, Wolves Win 41-10

Aberdeen, SD ( – The Northern State University football team and head coach Mike Schmidt broke through against the University of Mary on Saturday evening, notching their first win of 2023 and the first against the Marauders in the Schmidt-era. The Wolves took control of the contest early and put their foot to the gas, topping the Marauders in nearly every statistical category.
Final Score: NSU 41, MARY 10
Records: NSU 1-2 (1-2 NSIC), MARY 0-3 (0-3 NSIC)
Attendance: 5477
  • Northern scored in each of the four quarters, notching ten points in the first, seven in the second, 14 in the third, and ten in the fourth
  • Stanley Haskins Jr. scored on the Wolves opening drive a 26-yard rush and his second touchdown this season
  • Drew Smook attempted the team’s first field goal of the year at 2:46 in the first, sending a 38-yard right through the uprights for a 10-0 Wolves lead
  • It was a rushing day for Northern State as Brett Brenton tallied his first touchdown of the season, a 4-yard rush to kickoff the second
  • With just second remaining in the half, UMary avoided the goose egg, notching a 30-yard field goal
  • It was all Northern State in the second half, led off by a 14-yard receiving touchdown for Dewaylon Ingram at 6:37 in the third
  • Haskins Jr. added his second touchdown of the even with under a minute in the third, scoring on first and one
  • NSU saw back-to-back scores in the fourth from Hank Kraft on a 29-yard run and Smook with a 43-yard field goal; career scoring longs for the duo
  • The Marauders tallied their lone touchdown of the contest with 19 seconds remaining
  • In total, Northern recorded a game leading 25 first downs, 214 yards rushing, 246 yards passing, and 460 yards of total offense
  • The Wolves averaged 5.9 yards per rush and 14.5 yards per completion; scoring all five times they entered the red-zone
  • The NSU defense tallied three sacks for a loss of 16 yards, 13 pass break-ups, two interceptions, and held Mary to just 1-of-12 on third down
  • The Wolves held the Marauders to 20 yards rushing, 123 yards passing, and just 143 yards of total offense
  • In the return game, anchored by Kegan Mountain, Northern averaged 10.7 yards per punt return and 15.7 yards per kick return
  • Penalties did plague NSU in the contest, as the Wolves suffered 13 total, resulting in 174 total yards
  • Offensive leaders included Colton Hackel with 234 yards receiving, Haskins Jr. with 76 yards rushing, and Ingram with 120 yards receiving
  • Luke Manos and Trey King led the defense with five tackles apiece, while Corey Scott and Lynden Williams recorded the team’s two interceptions
  • Solo sacks came from King, Ian Marshall, and Brock Longville
  • Smook went 2-for-2 in field goals made with a career long of 43-yards, and 5-for-5 in PATs
  • Colton Hackel: 234 yards passing, 1 touchdown
  • Stanley Haskins Jr.: 76 yards rushing, 2 touchdowns, 28-yard long
  • Dewaylon Ingram: 120 yards receiving, 15.0 yards per catch, 1 touchdown
  • Trey King: 5 tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss, 1.0 sack
  • Drew Smook: 2 field goals, 11 points scored, 43-yard career FG long
The Wolves are set for back-to-back road trips beginning at Winona State next Saturday, September 23. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. versus the Warriors. Northern then travels to MSU Moorhead September 30 for a 12 p.m. kick against the Dragons.