The game is Minnesota Crookston's “Midco Game.” A free 32-inch LG SMART TV will be given away in the second half of the game.
The University of Minnesota Crookston Football team will welcome in the Huskies of St. Cloud State for the home opener at Ed Widseth Field at 1 p.m. Sat., Sept. 8 at Ed Widseth Field. The game is Minnesota Crookston’s “Midco Game.” A free 32-inch LG SMART TV will be given away in the second half of the game.
Previewing the Golden Eagles
Minnesota Crookston is coming off a strong showing in their opening game against MSU Moorhead. The Golden Eagles trailed just 14-3 at the half before giving up 20 second-half points to the Dragons. The deficit was the smallest deficit Minnesota Crookston has had in a first game since a 35-24 loss to Wayne State College (Neb.) on Sept. 10, 2011.
The Golden Eagles showcased the multi-faceted talent of junior college transfer quarterback Jalin Scott last week. Scott can make a lot happen on the run and outside of the pocket. Scott passed for 57 yards and rushed for 57 yards in his debut. In addition, junior college transfer running back Elijah Todd displayed his quick burst and power as he ran eight times for 61 yards. Rod Stewart leads the way at receiver, as the All-NSIC Second Team pick from 2017 had two catches for 21 yards and a touchdown
Defensively, Minnesota Crookston had nine stops against the Dragons and came through on several occasions with their backs against the wall, forcing four field goals and picking up two turnovers on downs. Julian Jackson led the way with 12 tackles in the first game. Joe Warner also made a positive impact on the game from his defensive tackle position as he notched 11 tackles and two tackles for loss. The defensive backfield is guided by Will Cole, who notched six tackles from his safety position.
The kicking game was given a boost by freshman Jared McLemore, who made a 22-yard field goal. The Golden Eagles did not make a single field goal in 2017. In the punting game, Stephen Day tallied eight punts for a 39.6 yard average with two punts inside the 20 and two punts over 50 yards.
Previewing the Huskies
St. Cloud State comes into the weekend with a 1-0 mark. The Huskies earned a 14-13 win over UMary in the first week of play.
Offensively, St. Cloud State put up 360 yards in the first week with 255 through the air and just 105 yards on the ground. The Huskies are led by quarterback Dwayne Lawhorn, who was 25-of-45 for 255 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Lawhorn’s top target last week was junior John Solberg, who grabbed 12 catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns. In the run game, the Huskies used two key players with Curtwan Evans rushing 17 times for 57 yards. Gregory Lewis added 33 yards on 11 touches.
Defensively, the Huskies held the Marauders to just 236 yards on the day. Defensive lineman Jake Schley paced St. Cloud State with nine tackles, while defensive back Jamari Manuel had seven tackles. The lone sack for the Huskies came from Graham Miller. Matthew Lechner grabbed the one turnover for the Huskies with an interception.
The Achilles heel for St. Cloud State in week one was missed field goals as St. Cloud State was errant on all three attempts on the day by Adam Stage. In the punt game, Stage had a 32.0 yard average with one inside the 20 on his four punts.
1. Can the Golden Eagles get the ball in the hands of Rod Stewart?
2. Will the combo of Kevin Evans and Elijah Todd at running back have a big game?
3. Can the defense force turnovers by St. Cloud State quarterback Dwayne Lawhorn?
4. Can Jalin Scott make plays happen with his feet and by extending plays?
5. Will special teams be a major factor in the game?