Tyler Hewson Interception Earns Dragons 24-13 Victory over Golden Eagles

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Thumbnail image for mcbride_keith09.JPG(Moorhead, Minn.)- The University of Minnesota, Crookston football team traveled to MSU Moorhead this afternoon for a classic NSIC rivalry game. The Golden Eagles have taken the last five of six games from the Dragons with each contest being a 60-minute grudge match. The U of M, Crookston offense out-gained the Dragon offense 354 to 339 but a perfect 4-4 red-zone scoring and a Tyler Hewson 75-yard interception return helped MSU Moorhead sneak away with the 24-13 conference victory.
 
The first quarter stayed scoreless until the 1:47 mark as both defenses fought hard to hold the line of scrimmage. MSU Moorhead earned the first points of the game on a six play, 58-yard drive that was capped off by a Zach Fry 10-yard touchdown strike to Tommy Gochis. The Golden Eagles responded in the second quarter when quarterback Tim Ennis (QB, 6-2, 205, JR, Lancaster, Calif.) went to the air and found Jordan Lecher (WR, 6-3, 195, SO, Litchfield, Minn.) on a nine yard touchdown pass that concluded an eight play, 85-yard drive. A quick two minute Dragon offense was able to take advantage of the final 1:22 driving 74-yards on five plays in just 59 seconds to get runningback Bre McWilliams into the Golden Eagle endzone on a five yard rush to take a 14-7 lead into the half.
 
The second half started much the same as the first. Both teams established solid drives but neither could find pay dirt until U of M, Crookston broke the trend at the 2:33 mark when Lecher caught is second touchdown of the day on a five yard pass from Ennis. A bad snap thwarted the UMC point after attempt and kept MSU Moorhead out in front 14-13. In the fourth quarter, the Dragons added a 38-yard field goal by Jimmie Mattson to take a 17-13 lead. The Golden Eagles responded with a nine play, 47-yard drive. U of M, Crookston drove the ball to the MSU Moorhead 25-yard line and on a critical fourth down and seven yards, Tyler Hewson intercepted the Ennis pass and returned it 75-yards to the Golden Eagle eight yard line. Enol Gilles took the first snap of the drive eight yards for the game changing touchdown that solidified the 24-13 Dragon victory.
 
The Golden Eagles were led by runningback Keith McBride (RB, 5-11, 195, FR, Lodi, Wis.) who rushed 33 times for 168-yards. He alone outrushed the Dragons 168 to 46. Tim Ennis completed 17 passes on 35 attempts for 192-yards and two touchdowns. Lecher caught 10 passes for 87-yards and two touchdowns including a spectacular one-handed grab in the back of the Dragon endzone. The Golden Eagle defense was led by Cecil Brown (DB, 5-10, 205, FR, Edison, Ga.) who had a team high nine tackles (5 solo, 4 assisted). The defense as a whole had five tackles for a loss of 18-yards, two forced fumbles both recovered by U of M, Crookston and one interception.
 
The Dragons were led by Zach Fry who completed a solid 28 passes on 33 attempts for 293-yards and one touchdown. Joe Johnson caught seven passes for 61-yards. Jake Larsen led all defenders with 10 total tackles (5 solo, 5 assisted). The Dragon defense had seven tackles for a loss of 21-yards and two interceptions.
 
The Golden Eagles are 1-4 overall and 0-4 in the NSIC. The Dragons are now 2-3 overall and 1-3 in conference play. U of M, Crookston hosts Northern State University on Saturday, October 3 for UMC Homecoming. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Ed Widseth Field.

Photo: Keith McBride
 
For more information, visit the Golden Eagle Athletics website at: www.goldeneaglesports.com. 
 
The University of Minnesota, Crookston is a NCAA Division II Institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). The Golden Eagle Equestrian team is a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).