Wildcats score early, often in 48-10 blowout out Mary
Aaron Wright tied a school record with a 100-yard return of the opening kickoff, setting the tone for a 21-point first quarter as the Wildcats rolled to a 48-10 win over the University of Mary Saturday evening before a Family Day crowd of 1,854 at Bob Cunningham Field in Wayne.
Wright took the opening kickoff and went the distance to put the Wildcats on the board just 15 seconds into the game. It was the first kickoff return for a score since Kevin Paulsen’s 93-yard return at Minnesota Crookston in 2011 and ties the school record held by Marque McCray, who went 100 yards in 2005 at Concordia-St. Paul; and Wilson Hookfin who had a similar return in 1993 against Nebraska-Kearney.
The Wildcats made the score 14-0 at the 8:44 mark when Sam Wegner was on the receiving end of a 35-yard scoring pass from senior quarterback Zach Osborn. Later in the quarter, Wayne State scored on its third straight possession as Osborn hooked up with Nate Rogers for an 11-yard score for a 21-0 first-quarter lead.
Mary got on the scoreboard with 4:42 to go second quarter on a 26-yard field goal from Aaron Brennan to make the score 21-3, but Wayne State answered on the ensuing drive as Osborn found junior Layne Sullivan for a 31-yard score to make it 28-3 at the break. The scoring strike made Osborn Wayne State’s all-time leader in touchdown passes, surpassing Silas Fluellen’s 76 TD passes from 2006-09.
The Marauders scored a touchdown on the opening series of the second half as freshman DeShawn Gay raced 59 yards down the right sideline, reducing the Wildcat lead to 28-10.
Wayne State used a 19-yard field goal from sophomore Ethan Knudson and added two more touchdowns in the third quarter to put the game out of reach. Osborn and Wegner connected for a 79-yard pass play down the left sideline for the first score at the 4:56 mark followed by a Rashad Trimble 38-yard scoring run with 1:46 to play in the third quarter to make it 45-10. Knudson closed out the scoring in the final period with a 38-yard field goal.
Wayne State had a 458-356 advantage in total yards over Mary. Freshman Maliki Wilson led the ‘Cats in rushing with 75 yards on nine attempts followed by Trimble with 10 carries for 68 yards. Osborn completed 16-of-22 passes for 293 yards and four touchdowns and now has 78 career TD passes after passing Fluellen for the all-time leader at WSC. Layne Sullivan led a balanced receiving group with four catches for 68 yards and one score followed by Sam Wegner with three receptions for 125 yards and two scores.
DeWayne Scott was credited with 11 tackles followed by Logan Weinandt with 10. Taylor Hoffman added nine tackles. Glenn Harris and Odessa Clark each had interceptions for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats (1-1) have a short week for their next game as Wayne State travels to Minnesota Crookston Thursday evening for a 7 p.m. contest that will be televised by Midco Sports Network.