After playing a close game last week that saw the M State football team fall in the final minutes, the Spartans looked to carry the momentum into its homecoming game against the North Dakota State College of Science Wildcats Saturday. The Wildcats proved to be too much for the Spartans to handle as they shut out their host 51-0.
In the first quarter, the Wildcats found the endzone twice on a pair of rushing touchdowns. Josh Cunningham scored from a yard out and Desean Phillips sprinted for a 20-yard touchdown. Spencer Skeesick made both points after to put NDSCS up 14-0.
The second quarter saw three more touchdowns put the Spartans in a bigger hole at the break. Trashawn McMillan hit Keyshawn Goins for a 19-yard strike, Phillips would rush in a 38-yard touchdown and McMillan hit Cordell Pimienta for a 23-yard touchdown.
With a 32-0 lead entering the second half, the Wildcats continued to pour on the points as Kordell Ellis rushed in a 2-yard touchdown. The defense even got into the action as Deon Harris picked off a pass and returned it for a touchdown to hold a 44-0 lead going into the final quarter.
NDSCS would score one more time in the game as Caleb Kennedy plunged into the endzone from a yard out to close out the scoring.
The Spartans accumulated 147 yards of offense compared to 382 by the Wildcats.
M State quarterback Kenny McKay led the team in three categories as he rushed the ball 13 times for 68 yards and went 11-for-33 for 48 yards through the air. McKay also shined on defense as he led the team in tackles with nine, while teammate Andrew Nelson added eight of his own. Kyangelo Robinson recovered a fumble for the Spartans in the game.
For the Wildcats, Phillips would finish the game with 121 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. McMillan led the team in passing going 7-for-10 for 122 yards and two touchdowns, while Pimienta led the receiving corps in yards with 56 and Goins led in receptions with four.
The Spartans (0-6) will now have a bye before traveling to take on the Dakota College – Bottineau at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12.