by REEGAN LLOYD
What was supposed to be a close game between the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs and the Winona State University Warriors, turned out to be more of a Bulldog football clinic than an actual game.
On Saturday Oct. 9, 2010 the Bulldogs defeated the Warriors 59-17. The first touchdown of the game was completed at 3 minutes and 18 seconds into the game by senior running back and Proctor, Minn. native Brian Hanson. The Warriors were able to get on the scoring charts with a field goal completed by Thomas Kinney. UMD would further their lead when senior running back, Brad Foss completed a 10 yard run for another touchdown, making the score 14-3 just a couple minutes into the second half. Only four minutes later did UMD score again. This time a 3 yard run made by senior running back and captain Isaac Odim would place another 7 points onto the score board for the Bulldogs. The first half closed out with two additional touchdowns completed by the Inver Grove Heights, Minn. stand out sophomore quarterback Chase Vogler, and a Miami, Fla. senior wide receiver, Dre Sherrill. The Warriors were able to put 14 more points on the board through Sean Hertz. UMD was ahead 28-17 going into halftime.
The second half started with a 39 yard field goal completed by junior kicker David Nadeau, who is a White Bear Lake, Minn. native. After these three additional points, the Bulldogs offense and defense stepped up their game and never looked back. WSU was unable to put a single point on the scoring charts in the second half, whereas the Bulldogs tallied up 21 additional points. Odim ran 21 more yards to put the ball in the end zone. Following Odim's touchdown, St. Cloud, Minn. native, and junior wide receiver Collin Stinogel was able to receive a pass from sophomore quarterback Jon Lynch who comes to UMD from Plymouth, Minn. to rack up another 7 points on the board. Finally, the last touchdown of the game came from Hanson, who opened up the scoring charts for the Bulldogs in the beginning of the game.
During a post-game interview, "To come out and perform like that, and win in such a convincing manner is satisfying. It was an overall great team win" said sophomore offensive lineman Garth Heikkinen, in regards to how he thought the team played that evening.
Additionally when asked how he felt about his team's performance, sophomore free safety Cameron Harper said "I feel real good about it. We did what we wanted to do and we didn't give up any big plays on defense."
Next weekend the Bulldogs are traveling to the University of Mary to face the Marauders in their homecoming game. Kick-off is set for 1p.m. To follow your UMD Bulldogs, you can click on the following link for live statistics during the game. http://sports.umdbulldogs.com/football/xlive.htm