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College Football: Late NDSCS score ruins Raiders’ homecoming

Central Lakes hosted North Dakota State College of Science.

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Central Lakes College's Jakob Corrow throws the ball against North Dakota State College of Science Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, at CLC in Brainerd. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

The North Dakota State College of Science Wildcats arrived on the Central Lakes College campus with a record of 5-0 and headed back to Wahpeton, N.D., with a 6-0 record after a thrilling 22-19 victory Saturday, Sep 2.

The Raiders’ defense stymied the powerful Wildcat offense most of the day and the Raiders’ Jakob Corrow connected with Tucker Shultz on a 40-yard scoring pass to give the Raiders a 19-15 lead with under a minute to go. The scoring play sent the home crowd into a frenzy on homecoming weekend.

The lead didn’t last long as NDSCS quarterback Graedyn Buell found Marselio Mendez for a 26-yard touchdown with 19 seconds left that gave the Wildcats the come-from-behind win.

The loss dropped CLC to 2-4. With two weeks left in the season, the Raiders could still earn a possible first-round home playoff game.

“We played an incredible football game today and I am sure it was a wonderful game to watch,” Raiders head coach Greg Medeck said. “It was a fun game to coach and a fun game to play. We didn’t get the result and it doesn’t define our season.”

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Health will be a key to making a playoff run. The Raiders came into the game in good health. The game didn’t end that way. Starting quarterback Matt Torres, last week’s MCAC player of the week was knocked out of the game on a violent helmet-to-helmet hit in the second quarter and linebacker Eli Wingarner left late in the game with an injury.

“We got some guys back and the defense played really well,” Medeck said. “They are a talented group and I am really proud of them.

“Our offense made some strides today. We were nicked up and we got banged up and we were playing some guys that we weren’t anticipating playing and they battled. I thought we had it.”

After a three-and-out on CLC’s first possession, Buell connected with Mendez on the first Wildcat play on a 30-yard strike to give NDSCS a 7-0 lead. The Raiders’ Noah Foster helped CLC answer with a 3-yard pass from Torres.

Torres was knocked down by the Wildcats early in the second quarter and the second hit from the Wildcats’ William Katchmark knocked Torres out of the game. Kachmark Was ejected.

Late in the second quarter, the Raiders scored on a 24-yard pass from backup quarterback Jakob Corrow to Foster to give CLC a 12-7 halftime lead.

After Mendez’s first score the Raider defense shut out the Wildcats for the next two quarters, sacking Buell four times and stifling the running game. Charles Dressel secured 11 tackles and Hunter Nissen followed with seven. Vito Richards intercepted a pass as the Raiders took a 12-7 lead to the fourth quarter.

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But Buell found Brady Borgren on a 3-yard pass to give the Wildcats a 13-12 lead with 9:06 remaining.

NDSCS 7 0 0 15 - 22
Central Lakes 6 6 0 7 - 19

First quarter
NDSCS-Marselio Mendez 30 pass from Graedyn Buell (Nikolas Hunchak kick) 12:41
CLC-Noah Foster 3 pass from Matt Torres (kick failed) 4:47
Second quarter
CLC-Foster 24 pass from Jakob Corrow (conversion failed) 2:56
Fourth quarter
NDSCS-Brady Borgen 3 pass from Buell (Demetrius Coleman pass from Buell) 9:06
CLC-Tucker Schultz 40 pass from Corrow (Vincente Torres kick) :50
NDSCS-Mendez 26 pass from Buell (Hunchak kick) :19
Team statistics
Rushes-yards: CLC 35-80, NDSCS 29-23
Pass comp-att-int-yds: CLC 13-28-3-224, NDSCS 18-32-1-232
Total offense: CLC 304, NDSCS 255

Individual leaders
Rushing: CLC-Anthony Richmod 19-82, Caleb Jones 1-15, Daryel Bell 9-12; NDSCS-TJ Owens 11-10
Passing: CLC Jakob Corrow 9-22-3-155, Matt Torres 4-6-0-69; NDSCS Graedyn Buell 18-32-1-232
Receiving: CLC-Tucker Schultz 3-124, Caleb Jones 2-42, Noah Foster 5-33, Jake Moe 2-24, Justin Miller 1-1; NDSCS Demetrius Coleman 8-118
Overall: CLC 2-4. Next: CLC at Vermillion 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9.

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