Schedule note: Senior Day
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Game Time...12th-ranked Northwestern plays host to Midland on senior day in the final regular season game for both teams on Saturday, Nov. 15. Kickoff on Korver Field at DeValois Stadium is scheduled for 1pm. Northwestern is in second place in the GPAC with a 7-1 conference record, 7-2 overall. Midland is tied with Dordt for ninth place in the GPAC with a 1-7 record, 2-7 overall. Watch/listen live to the game via the NWC webcast at the following link: Watch/Listen Now! or listen to the game via the KSOU broadcast at the following link: Listen Now!
All-Time...Northwestern is 30-11-1 all-time against Midland dating back to the 1961 season. The teams have played every year since the 1990 season. Northwestern has won 12 straight in the season series and has outscored the Warriors 145-61 over the last three match-ups.
Last Year...Davis Bloemendaal threw for a school record seven touchdowns in leading Northwestern to a 55-27 win over Midland in the regular season finale played in Fremont, Neb.
Bloemendaal completed 21-of-28 pass attempts for 395 yards and the seven touchdowns, a performance that earned him national player of the week honors. Five different players caught at least one touchdown pass, led by Ben Green (5 catches for 88 yards, 2 TD) and Theo Bartman (3 catches, 110 yards, 2TD).
Northwestern opened up a 35-14 halftime lead and gained 618 yards of total offense compared to 436 for Midland. Michael Karls led the Warriors with 260 passing yards and three touchdowns while Alex Cornist led the ground game with 94 rushing yards on 15 carries.
Isaiah Twitty led the Raider D with 8.5 tackles, a forced fumble and one sack.
Scouting Midland...The Warriors have lost seven straight games since an 0-2 start to the year. They defeated Peru State in a non-conference match-up to open the year and then began GPAC play with a 35-0 win over Dordt. Midland lost its next seven games, all in conference play, giving up 27 or more points in all seven losses.
Josh Gehring is in his third season as the Warriors head coach, taking over the program in the spring of 2012. Prior to coming to Midland, Gehring served as the offensive coordinator at Morningside. He returns 14 starters, seven on both offense and defense, off a 20-13 team that finished 3-6 in the GPAC, 4-6 overall.
Offensively, Midland ranks third in the league in both scoring (28ppg) and total yards (409ypg). Senior Alex Cornist, a second team all-conference pick last year, ranks fifth in the GPAC in rushing, averaging 94 yards per game to go with 10 touchdowns. Junior Andrew Cameron has thrown for 1,417 yards and seven touchdowns in his first year under center. Kali Walker is his top target, ranking third in the GPAC with 50 catches for 866 yards and four scores.
Defensively, the Warriors are giving up 35 points and 390 yards per game. They rank third against the pass (182yds/game) and ninth against the run (207ypg). Senior linebacker Josh Seiler leads the team with 81 tackles, seven for a loss, while Dalton Jenkins, a first team all-conference pick last season, has 28 tackles and two interceptions.
Northwestern News and Notes...The Red Raiders had their seven game win streak last time out, losing to top-ranked Morningside 42-24 after leading 24-21 at the half. Northwestern dropped into a tie for 12th in last week's coaches' poll but still in a good spot to qualify for the NAIA postseason championship series for the third straight year. Northwestern has not qualified for the championship series three consecutive years since 1983-85.
Northwestern ranks fifth in the GPAC in scoring, averaging 28 points and 333 yards per game. Jessie Riley provide the 1-2 bunch in the Red Raider backfield as both backs rank in the top 10 in yards. Riley has 153 carries for 677 yards and three touchdowns and Hutson has 89 carries for 561 yards and nine scores. Ben Green leads the receiving corps with 39 catches for 541 yards and eight touchdowns. He ranks fourth all-time with 24 career receiving touchdowns. Craig Bruinsma and Braden Miltenberger combine for nearly 1,500 passing yards and 15 touchdowns under center.
The Raider D is sixth in the NAIA in scoring (16.1ppg) and second in total yards given up (234ypg). They are second in the nation with 35 sacks, led by Lawton DeJong with eight and both Sam Van Ginkel and Greg Hegstad with 7.5 each. Hegstad lead the defense with 66.5 total stops and Justin Wohlert leads the nation with nine interceptions and 20 passes defended.
This marks the final regular season home game for the 13 seniors associated with the Red Raider football program. Collectively, the group has compiled an impressive 33-10 overall record, 28-7 within the conference. They finished second, or tied for second, in the GPAC each year as well as finishing with a top 20 ranking in each of the last three seasons. This group of seniors has qualified for the NAIA championship series in back-to-back years (2012 and 2013) for the first time since the 1984-85 seasons.
2014: 7-1 GPAC (2nd), 7-2 overall (currently ranked T12th)
2013: 7-2 GPAC (T2nd), 8-3 overall (ranked #13)
2012: 7-2 GPAC (2nd), 9-3 overall (ranked #13)
2011: 7-2 GPAC (T2nd), 9-2 overall (ranked #17)
Jermaine Ambrose-43 games played; 2-time all-conference; 101 tackles with 76 solo stops; 39 passes defended, 3 fumble recoveries, 11 interceptions and two blocked kicks.
Brett Coston-29 games; two-year starter; 75 tackles with 35 solo, 4 passes defended; 1.5 sacks and one interception
Levi Dykshorn-41 games; 2-time NAIA Scholar Athlete; CoSIDA Academic All-District honors in 2012; 47 tackles, 31 solo stops; one pass defended; one fumble recovery; one blocked kick.
Ben Green-40 games; first team all-conference in 2013; 103 receptions for 1,554 yards, ranks 12th all-time at NWC; ranks fourth with 24 career touchdowns; 33 punt returns for 344 yards; 2-for-4 passing for 37 yards and two scores.
Spencer Groeneweg-27 games played with 8.5 tackles, one for a loss of eight yards; one blocked kick; one sack.
Greg Hegstad-32 games; all-conference honors in 2013; 171.5 tackles with 114 solo stops; three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries; 13 passes defended; 11 sacks, two interceptions.
Joey Hendershott-9 games played; 4.5 tackles.
Andrew Hulstein-29 games; 3-year starter along the o-line.
Tyler Janota-36 games, 4-year starter along the o-line; earned first team all-conference honors in 2013.
Mitchell Janssen-43 games; 56.5 tackles with 38 solo stops; 3.5 sacks for a loss of 12 yards; 1 pass defended; Pflieger-Olson Scholar Athlete.
Ben Loftis-31 games; totaled 9.5 tackles with seven solo; blocked one punt and returned 18 yards for a touchdown; Pflieger-Olson Scholar Athlete.
Brandon Pekelder-32 games; 3-year starter along the o-line; earned all-conference honors in 2013.
Brady Timmer-32 games; rushed 64 times for 218 yards and three touchdowns; 4 catches for 32 yards.
Student Coach: Joe Gray
Up Next...The NAIA will announce the 16-team postseason championship series on Sunday, Nov. 16 around 5pm. The final coaches' poll will be released around 1pm that same day. The eight first round match-ups will be played on Saturday, Nov. 22.
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