Mavs football back to being road warriors

John LaForest
Staff Writer

The unbeaten Mavs Football team will look to continue their streak as they head to Bemidji, MN to take on Bemidji State this Saturday afternoon.

The Mavericks are coming off a win against Minot State, which they won in every statistical category, from total yards to time of possession. 

The season has been another dominant one for the Mavs to say the least. 

In their last game the Mavericks had an impressive stat. The team had three quarterbacks throw for a touchdown showing off their depth as a unit. 

Sophomore quarterback JD Ekowa completed nine passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns, while junior Ryan Schlichte threw for 111 yards and two touchdowns. 

Freshman Brevin Kaiser also threw one pass for an 11-yard touchdown as well. The Quarterbacks did a great job not only did a great job in the air but also on the ground JD Ekowa ran in for a score showing his athleticism in the process.

Seven Mavericks caught at least one pass, including junior wideout Shane Zylstra who led the MSU receivers with eight catches for 132 yards and three touchdowns. This marks the third time this season that Zylstra has put up more than 100 receiving yards in a game. Zylstra now sits second all-time at Minnesota State in career touchdown catches with 31. He trails Josh Nelsen (1991-94) who caught 36 career touchdown passes. 

The Mavericks will most likely have a tough matchup with Bemidji as they have an impressive record themselves sitting at 5-2 on the season with both loses coming within one score. Their last opponent was one of these notable loses as Bemidji fell to Upper Iowa in Fayette, Iowa.

The last time these two teams faced off Bemidji State won 45-17. One must take in account this was during the 2016 season, and the Mavs did not have some of their key contributors that they have now who played in that game.

Bemidji State has proven to be a better home team than on the road as they sit 3-0 on the season at home. The Mavericks will look to stay perfect and remain atop the conference in a game where the number one ranked team is favored. 

The game starts at 1 p.m. Saturday and is sure to be a fun, competitive matchup.

Feature Photo: Justin Arnold (27) carries the ball in a game last Saturday vs Minot State. (Mansoor Ahmad | MSU Reporter)

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