After an exciting 25-15 victory against the University of Concordia-St. Paul Golden Bears up in the Metro area, The Mavericks return home for a brief pit stop as there is still work to be done.
This week they are once again back on the road as they prepare to take on Wayne State at Bob Cunningham Field on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. The last time the two teams squared off was last year in which the Mavericks would blow a seventeen-point lead as the Wildcats would score 28 points in a fourth-quarter comeback at Blakeslee Stadium.
This year, the Mavericks look to redeem themselves after last year’s embarrassing loss and defeat the Wildcats as they celebrate their Homecoming week. Riding a two-game win streak, all eyes are focused on the task that is on the horizon. True freshman quarterback Camden Dean is certainly focused on the team and admits that there is still a lot of improving to do.
“It wasn’t a pretty win, but as a team, we did what we needed to do. I made some mistakes and really have a lot to work on and get better on,” said Dean “In the end, I did all I could to try and help get us into that position, but still, need to be better and improve my play.”
Last week the Wildcats would suffer their first loss of the season after blowing a fourteen-point lead in the second quarter and allowing the Winona State Warriors to score 24 unanswered points in the fourth quarter in a 38-14 loss. This week they look to bounce back from last week and cap off their homecoming week with a win over the Mavericks.
A majority of the team’s roster from last year is making an encore performance this time around. Including the Wildcats sophomore quarterback Nick Bohn, who currently has eight touchdowns and only two interceptions on the year alone.
On the defensive side for Wayne State, Senior Linebacker Jaylan Scott and Sophomore Defensive Jaxson Johnson currently lead the team in sacks and tackles for loss. This year they are truly becoming a one-two punch that helps make plays on the Wildcat defense.
Even with having to go on the road back-to-back, the team is not changing the approach that they are bringing to the table. Dean along with his teammates It’s the next game on the schedule and it’s important to remain focused.
“Our approach is just sticking to the gameplan that we have worked on with coaches and not letting the effects of the road get to us. It’s on us to make sure we’re rested so that we can go out there, execute the plays, and get the win,” said Dean.
Write to Charlie Groebner at Charles.Groebner@mnsu.edu