WINFIELD, Kan. – Midland University’s football team kicked off it’s 2019 campaign with a statement win on the road Saturday in Kansas thanks to stout defense and a balanced passing game. The Warriors took care of the Southwestern College Builders and brought a 48-17 victory back to Fremont to start the new season on a high note.
“I’m pleased that we got our first win of the season,” said Midland head coach Jeff Jamrog. “We are excited that we had a convincing win on the road in our opener. Hats off to our coaches and to our strength and conditioning coach Morgan Bergan for having the guys well prepared.”
Midland scored a pair of touchdowns in each quarter of the first half to take a 28-0 lead into the locker room. While the offense was clicking, the Warriors defense was doing its part and held the Builders scoreless in the first half.
Senior quarterback Noah Oswald took command of the game in his first start of 2019 after taking over the job late last season. Oswald was 15-31 passing and totaled 310 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Warrior offense.
Oswald got it done on the ground, too, as his three-yard touchdown run opened the scoring and capped off an 88-yard drive.
Sophomore receivers Dalton Tremayne and Austin Harris were the beneficiaries of Oswald’s performance as they each reeled in two touchdown receptions on the day. They each totaled over 100 yards receiving on the game (Tremayne 152, Harris 102) and combined for 11 receptions total.
Senior receiver Austan Daniels was not far behind as he totaled 70 yards receiving on four catches and added a touchdown of his own.
On the ground, senior running back Keenan Smith paced the Warriors and eclipsed the century mark with 101 yards rushing and one touchdown on 22 attempts. Smith’s eight-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter ended a 10-0 scoring run from the Builders and put Midland ahead 41-10.
Midland’s defense deserves credit for the win as well as the unit held the Builders to 225 yards of total offense with only 71 of those yards coming through the air. Junior linebacker Zack Acamo did a little bit of everything and helped lead the charge as he totaled eight tackles, one sack, one interception, and one fumble recovery on the day.
Senior linebacker Jett Hampton totaled six tackles and added an interception and a forced fumble to the stat sheet. Senior linebacker Trevor Havlovic led the way with nine total tackles and added a sack and 2.5 tackles for loss. Ray Rush, Garry Cannon, and Ju’Nathean McAllister each recovered a fumble as well.
With two interceptions and four fumble recoveries, the Warrior defense produced six turnovers, five in the first half, and set the table for the offense all game.
“No turnovers on offense and six takeaways on defense was awesome to see,” Jamrog said. “I don’t know if I’ve ever been a part of five defensive takeaways in the first half.”
The convincing victory is important for the Warriors as they gear up for a difficult couple of weeks with two ranked conference opponents waiting for them on the schedule.
“We were able to play a great number of players which will help our depth in future GPAC games,” Jamrog said. “We will enjoy the bus ride home tonight and start preparing for Northwestern tomorrow.”
Midland (1-0) is on a bye next weekend but gets back to action with the home opener on Saturday, September 14, versus No. 11 Northwestern College at 1:00 p.m. at Heedum Field.