DII Football Roundup: No. 9 Ohio Dominican hits 18 consecutive wins

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MANKATO, Minn. — Third-ranked Minnesota State kept up its home field dominance at Blakeslee Stadium Saturday afternoon as it shutout the Minot State Beavers 58-0.

With the win, MSU improves to 3-0 on the season while MISU falls to 0-3. MSU’s shutout marks the second time this season MSU has shutout an opponent. The last time Minnesota State shutout two opponents in a season came during the 2011 season against Minnesota Crookston (42-0) and Southwest Minnesota State (38-0).

The Maverick defense once again kept its opponent off the scoreboard at home as it held the Beavers to 217 total yards of offense, while coming up with three interceptions.

A total of nine Mavericks ran with the ball as they combined for 260 rushing yards and three touchdown carries. Senior Andy Pfeiffer led MSU with 49 rushing yards and a touchdown, while junior Connor Thomas added 48 rushing yards. Freshman Zach Evans rushed for 39 yards and a touchdown, with junior Kyle Riggot adding 36 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Through the air sophomore Ricky Lloyd threw for 100 yards and a touchdown, while sophomore Nick Pieruccini tallied 88 passing yards and a touchdown.

No. 1 Northwest Missouri State 37, Central Missouri State 15

MARYVILLE, Mo. Junior quarterback Brady Bolles walked into the locker room at halftime a bit upset despite Northwest Missouri State holding a 10-point lead over Central Missouri. He told his teammates that the only team beating Northwest was Northwest.

The Bearcats came together in the third quarter like a tight family responding to adversity. Northwest scored two touchdowns and took a 24-point lead into the final quarter.

A few errors in the fourth quarter allowed Central Missouri to briefly close the gap, but Northwest had a big enough cushion to come away with a rather easy 37-15 victory on beautiful Saturday afternoon. Northwest had a dominant first half, racking up 257 totals yards compared to just 25 yards in 30 plays for Central.

No. 9 Ohio Dominican 38, Ashland 20

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Two fourth quarter touchdowns helped No. 9 Ohio Dominican pull away from Ashland with a 38-20 victory on Saturday in GLIAC play, extending the Panthers’ regular season win streak to 18 consecutive games.

Leading 24-20 going into the quarter, senior quarterback Mark Miller connected with classmate Casey Williams on a four yard touchdown pass that gave ODU an 11-point cushion. After a swap of punts, the Panthers closed the game with a nine-play, 80-yard drive, capped off by Miller’s career-best fifth touchdown pass — this one to senior Nick McKnight — to account for the final margin.

Ashland entered the game tops in the GLIAC in scoring (53.5 points per game), second in total offense (537.5 yards per game) and passing offense (275.0 yards per game) and third in rushing (262.5 yards per game). The Panthers defense kept the Eagles in check, holding Ashland to just 303 yards on the day, including 119 in the air.

The Eagles managed just 97 yards in the second half, including 17 in the decisive fourth quarter and the only first down they gained in the fourth came via a penalty.

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