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Presentation falls in season opener

Presentation College’s Innocent Okoh, center, tries to run out of the grip of Northwestern College’s Bryce Paulsen, back left, during the first half of Saturday night’s game at Swisher Field. In the foreground are the Saints’ Zach Zierden (19) and Northwestern’s Jake Lynott (14). Photo by John Davis taken 8/28/2021


The Saints knew that they had a tough challenge on Saturday. Any time you play a team as highly ranked as Northwestern College, you’ll need some things to go your way early to build momentum. Unfortunately for Presentation things went against them very early on in a 66-9 loss at Swisher Field.

After receiving the opening kick-off the Saints were slowing moving down the field before a Mike McPeek pass was intercepted by Lucas Nagel and returned for a touchdown. Following a short punt after the next Saints possession, the Red Raiders were able to find the end zone again as Konner McQuilla ran in from 23 yards out.

Those two touchdowns in the first five minutes took some of the wind out of the sails of the Saints and created momentum for Northwestern that would maintain throughout the game.

Red Raider quarterback Blake Fryar had an excellent game as well finding Cade Moser and Michael Storey for touchdowns on the next two Northwestern drives to push their lead to 28-0. A Logan Meyer one yard run pushed the Red Raider lead to 35-0.

Presentation would get on the board just before half with a 31 yard field goal from Luiz Ferreira and Northwestern would add a field goal of their own as time expired in the first half to bring things to a 38-3 score.

The second half started even more in favor of Northwestern than the first half as Kole Telford took the kickoff back 100 yards to extend the lead to 45-3. On the next drive for Presentation a second Mike McPeek interception was returned for a touchdown by Lucas Nagel. Less than a minute into the second half and the Northwestern lead had ballooned to 52-3.

Konnor McQuilla and Garrett Packer would find the end zone on the ground for the Red Raiders in the third quarter and push Northwestern to the final points of the game for themselves. Presentation would get a touchdown in the fourth quarter from running back Breken Smith who took over in the second half for Innocent Okoh.

The Saints are at home again on Saturday against Wisconsin Stout. Game will be at 6 pm at Clark Swisher Field.

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