Northern State (5-4, 5-4) will host Minnesota-Crookston (1-8, 1-8) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Swisher Field in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference college football game. The Wolves are currently 4-1 in North Division play and share the NSIC North Division lead with Minnesota-Duluth and Bemidji State. The Wolves are coming off a record-setting 65-17 win over the University of Mary last Saturday. The 65 points broke the school record of 64, which was set twice and most recently against Crookston in 2005 — the last winning season for the Wolves.
Here are some random thoughts/notes on Saturday’s game between NSU and Crookston:
— I will have a full preview in Saturday’s paper of the game.
— NSU leads the all-time series 12-1. The Wolves won last year’s meeting 45-21 in Aberdeen.
— Saturday’s forecast calls for mild conditions with highs in the mid 50s. Mostly cloudy skies with winds out of the south/southeast at 5-15 m.p.h.
— NSU QB Jared Jacobson is the only quarterback in the league with over 2,000 passing yards and 400 rushing yards. The sophomore has passed for 2,157 yards and rushed for 467 rushing yards.
— It appears the Wolves are healthy for the most part leading up to the game. NSU senior Rob Neisen is listed as the starting left guard after being banged up the last few weeks and was cleared to play earlier in the week.
— Jacobson passed for 422 yards and three TDs last week. Senior Chris Morton had his best game of the season last week with six catches for 148-yards and three TD receptions. He was one of three NSU receivers to get 100 receiving yards or more. Mark Hanley hauled in 10 passes for 140 yards and Jordan Piatz added eight catches for an even 100 yards. “For a couple of weeks now we have been talking about finishing the entire game and that was really fun to finally put it together as a team,” Morton said. “When you put that many points up it is pretty fun, as an offense that is what you try to do every week.”
— Crookston RB Richard Haley is the second leading rusher in the NSIC with 922 yards. The senior was held to just 15 rushing yards last week against Minnesota-Duluth. The Wolves will definitely be paying attention to where No. 7 is on Saturday.
“He is really as a good of a back as we will see in awhile,” Dosch said.
— Last season, Haley entered the game against the Wolves as the leading rusher in Division II. However, NSU held Haley to 40 yards below his season average en route to a 45-21 win over the Golden Eagles. NSU coach Tom Dosch said the Golden Eagles are more balanced this season and will also rely heavily quarterback A.J. Barge.
— The Wolves will honor their 10 seniors as it will be their last home game at Swisher Field. “With it being Senior Day and my last game at Swisher Field,” Morton said, “I know myself and the other seniors are going to lay it all down on the line and try to give everybody there a good show and try to keep rolling like we are.”
— Here is a video interview that I shot with Morton from earlier in the week:
By Ryan Deal