Northern State University, Aberdeen, S.D., scored on three straight possessions in the second half as they rolled to a 42-21 victory over MSUM on Saturday as the Dragons celebrated Senior Day.
Dragons’ senior quarterback Kevin Koch, in his final home start, completed 25 of 50 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for a five-yard score in the first half.
Senior wide receiver Kendall Hendon caught eight passes for 132 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Senior tight end Phil Herkenhoff caught the Dragons’ first touchdown of the day from eight yards out.
Junior safety Tyler Brody led the Dragon defense with 13 tackles and an interception. Linebackers Andrew Pittman and Jeff Schuette were close behind with 11 and 10 tackles, respectively.
The defensive performance was not enough to contain Wolves freshman quarterback Jared Jacobson. He carried the ball 16 times for 154 yards and a touchdown, as well as completed 13 of 19 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns, both to junior wide receiver Chris Morton.
With the Wolves leading 21-14 at halftime, Jacobson led the Wolves in the third quarter with three consecutive scoring drives of 64, 60 and 49 yards to pull away from the Dragons.
“We played with great effort,” Koch said, “but left too many opportunities on the field.”
Despite the Dragons’ rough season, Koch’s expectations are high for the team’s future.
“There is a lot of young talent on the team,” Koch said. “I believe our coaching staff will do a great job in the off season.”
The Dragons dropped to 2-8 overall and 1-8 in the NSIC, while Northern State improved to 4-6 overall and 3-6 in the NSIC.
MSUM ends the regular season on Saturday, travelling to St. Cloud (Minn.) State University to take on the Huskies at 1 p.m.
BY DANNY DETERMAN