Football to take on Winona State in the Harvest Bowl

The Mavericks look to go 4-0 on the season ahead of Homecoming matchup

Andrew Neururer
Sports Editor

The Minnesota State Mavericks are headed into a week four matchup against the Winona State Warriors in the third annual Harvest Bowl.

The Mavericks enter play at 3-0 whereas the Warriors are 2-1, with its only loss coming against the University of Sioux Falls. 

Mankato and Winona have matched up well in the last handful of games, but MSU still holds the edge. They are currently 7-3 in its last 10 games between the two teams.

MSU has won two straight games against Winona, 31-21 in 2018 and 27-6 in 2017. Before that, Winona had the Mavericks number and claimed two of its three wins in the last 10 games.

A name to watch on defense is junior Cole Schroedermeier. He has recorded an interception in each of the Mavericks three games and will be looking to push that to four.

Other players to keep an eye on is senior Zach Robertson and junior Jack Leius. The two are the leading tacklers on this Mavericks defense. Between the two, Robertson is the only one with sacks (2), with Leius having one interception on the season. 

Junior JD Ekowa has led the Mavericks passing game, completing 22 of his 38 passes. He has zero interceptions on the season and two touchdowns.

Senior Ryan Schlichte will look to get things rolling this weekend after a rather slow start to the season. He has completed 34.3% of his 35 passes, with three interceptions and two touchdowns. He should be able to get things rolling with the Maverick offense alongside him.

Seniors Shane Zylstra and Justin Arnold lead the way for the Mavericks receiving corps. Zylstra has three touchdowns on the season, along with his 234 yards, whereas Arnold has added 149 yards and will be looking to reach the endzone for the first time this season.

Another focal point on offense is senior Nate Gunn. Gunn has already compiled 488 yards and four toouchdowns through three games. He leads the teams rushing attack and should find similar success again this week.

MSU will be looking to go 4-0 on the season ahead of a tough homecoming matchup against Minnesota Duluth. The Mavericks will take on the Winona State Warriors at the Blakeslee Stadium at 1 p.m. this Saturday.

Header photo by Mansoor Ahmad | MSU Reporter.

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