DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica football team earned its first-ever three-game winning streak with a 10-7 victory in its final home game of the season against Northwestern College at Malosky Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
In the second quater, the Saints drove the field on a twelve-play, 62-yard drive, capped off by Matt Johnson's eight-yard touchdown run to put the Saints on top. A Taylor McGinnins extra point put the Saints up 10-7.
The Saints finished with 13 first downs while holding the Eagles to just nine. CSS had 261 yards of total offense while the Eagles finished with 173.
For the Saints, Alex Thiry finished 13-22 with 110 yards passing and one interception. Johnson finished with 107 yards on the ground on 25 attempts, adding 21 receiving yards on a long toss from Thiry. Nick Thiry (Braham, Minn./Braham HS) led the Saints in receiving with five catches for 55 yards.
Josh Balzer completed just nine passes and had two interceptions while throwing for 64 yards for the Eagles. Tim Youtzy led the Eagles with 41 yards rushing while Sunde scored the lone touchdown for Northwestern. Chad Rusinkovich led the Eagles in receiving with five catches, but just eighteen yards. Josh Young had one reception for 25 yards.
Keaton Rush (Minneapolis, Minn./DeLaSalle HS) led the Saints defense with 10 tackles, while Sean Graskey (Superior, Wis./Superior HS) and Alec French (St. Francis, Minn./St. Francis HS) had eight each, including a combined 1.5 tackles for loss.
The Saints will be a long way from Duluth for their regular season finale next Saturday as they will be in tropical Missouri to face Westminster College. If the Saints win they will clinch at least a share of second place in the conference in just their third year of existence. The kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m