Stoick has career game
Morris native Ryan Stoick had career highs in touchdowns and receptions Saturday at Big Cat Stadium, but the University of Minnesota, Morris football team still fell to Northwestern College 38-22 on homecoming weekend.
The Cougars, now 2-2 overall and 2-1 in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference, next travel to Maranatha Baptist College on Saturday for a 12 noon contest.
Stoick hauled in 10 receptions for 121 yards and scored three times, both career highs for the senior wide receiver. Stoick now leads the team in receptions (16) and is second in receiving yards (208).
Northwestern took an early 6-0 lead in the first quarter on a rushing touchdown by Zack Tarter.
On the next possession, the Cougars' senior quarterback Jeff Karschnick (Windom) threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Stoick. Senior Rick Arterberry's (Alex, Okla.) extra point kick was good, giving UMM a 7-6 advantage.
Early in the second quarter, another Northwestern rushing touchdown put the visitors up 13-7.
UMM could not convert on the next two possessions. Despite a missed field goal from Northwestern's Cody Crum, Northwestern struck through the air with just 2:05 left in the half, giving the Eagles a 19-7 lead.
Running the two-minute offense, Karschnick completed passes to Stoick and sophomore Brady Rose (Morgan) to drive the Cougars down the field, but Arterberry hooked a field goal attempt wide left from 23 yards out to keep the halftime score 19-7.
The Cougars received the ball to start the second half and immediately drove the field with a 15-yard reception by junior Matt Harren (Eagle Bend) and a 23-yard run from sophomore Taylor Johnson (Lakeville). Karschnick capped the drive with a 15-yard pass to Stoick. Arterberry's conversion of the extra point brought the Cougars within five points at 19-14.
On the ensuing possession, however, Northwestern drove 55 yards for a rushing touchdown, widening their lead to 25-14.
With the third quarter winding down, the Cougars were forced to punt and give the ball back to the visitors, who promptly drove the length of the field for another score, threatening a blowout at 32-14.
After a series of failed possessions, Northwestern scored again with 7:52 remaining in the game to take a 38-14 lead.
Starting from their own eight-yard line, the Cougars drove 92 yards and Karschnik connected with Stoick for the third time on a six-yard pass for the score. Karschnik then completed a pass to Rose for the two-point conversion and the final score was 38-22.
For the Cougar offense, Karschnik was 19-of-34 with three touchdowns, one interception, and 234 yards.
Johnson led the ground game with 21 carries for 110 yards.
Behind Stoick, the receiver corps included Rose's four catches for 55 yards and junior Matt Fragodt's (Becker) two receptions for 37 yards.
On the defensive side, sophomore Aaron Briesmeister (Howard Lake) picked up his first sack of the season, while juniors Andrew Shay (Minneapolis) and Blair Elliot (Forrest Lake) led the way with nine and six tackles, respectively. Sophomore Shane Fickes (Herman) had one interception returned for three yards, his third pick of the season.