Northwestern Falls to Sioux Falls in NAIA Championship Series Quarterfinal

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Northwestern Falls to Sioux Falls in NAIA Championship Series Quarterfinal

Northwestern Falls to Sioux Falls in NAIA Championship Series QuarterfinalSIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Northwestern Oklahoma State suffered a 33-14 loss to the University of Sioux Falls in the opening round of the NAIA Football Championship Series on Saturday in Sioux Falls. Both teams battled sub-20 degree weather along with high winds at Bob Young Field.

The Rangers got on the scoreboard first, as Chris Jones picked off a pass on the third play of the game, scoring on a 48-yard interception return. The score put the Rangers up 6-0 after a missed extra point, just after a minute and 33 seconds of play.

Northwestern didn’t score again until the fourth quarter, when Nate Guillory capped a nine-play 65-yard drive with a one-yard run.

Sioux Falls scored twice via a pass, twice on runs and kicked a pair of field goals. The Rangers were down 20-6 at the half.

Northwestern finished with 264 yards of offense, with 180 passing and were held to 84 yards rushing. The Cougars tallied 409 yards of offense, with 245 coming in the air.

Kent McDonald led the Rangers with 67 yards on five catches. Korey Williams had three receptions for 18 yards and Jared Jackson recorded a 44-yard pass reception. Quarterback Kyle Jech passed for 157 yards on 10-of-28 completions, while Williams was 3-of-4 for 23 yards. Guillory rushed 16 times for 52 yards, while Avery Morris had 20 yards on a carry.

On the defensive side, Rocky Lee led NWOSU with nine tackles. Lee had two tackles for loss with seven solo tackles. Jay Bray wasn’t far behind with eight tackles, all solo stops. Jerrad Ware and Richard Gunnels both finished with five tackles each.

Sioux Falls extended its mark of consecutive wins to a 40-game streak.

Northwestern finished the season at 8-3 overall and will lose 13 seniors to graduation.