Football Smashes Morris 37-3

Dylan Zimmerman

The College of St. Scholastica football team continued their early season dominance over conference opponents, this time taking care of business at Public Schools Stadium with a 37-3 victory over the University of Minnesota-Morris Cougars to extend their winning streak to three. That wasn’t the only impressive streak, however, as Aaron Olson has now caught a touchdown pass in twelve consecutive conference games.

After a six play, ten-yard drive from the Cougars, the Saints took over at the visitor’s 49-yard line. They made quick work, marching down the field and eventually scoring on a Zach Edwards to Ben Buthe connection from ten yards out to make it 7-0. Morris’ next drive was even shorter, going three-and-out and punting for the second time in as many drives. CSS had a methodical drive, but it fell short as they had to settle for a 23-yard field goal from Donovan Blatz.

After another three-and-out from the Cougars it took the Saints just one play to push the score to 17-0, thanks to a 42-yard touchdown run from Jack Peru. The rest of the half was very quiet, with Morris scratching three across on a 24-yard field goal before the half ended to make it 17-3 as the teams headed into the locker room.

Each team started the second half with a three-and-out. On St. Scholastica’s second drive, with the ball at the Morris 34-yard line, Edwards connected through the air for his second touchdown on the day, this time finding Hunter Thompson to make the score 23-3. Four minutes later, with the ball back yet again, Edwards found Olson from 19 yards out to put the game out of reach at 30-3. As mentioned above, this is Olson’s twelfth consecutive conference game with a touchdown.

Olson wasn’t done, however, as he would finish off the scoring in the game with a 39-yard touchdown reception to finalize the score at 37-3 in favor of St. Scholastica. The nail in the coffin seemed to serve as justice for Olson, who was glad to get back at Morris after losing to them last year. When discussing the two touchdowns, though, he couldn’t pick a favorite.

“I would say both,” said Olson. “It felt great scoring on them after they beat us last year. It was kind of like revenge touchdowns.”

The 34-point victory was one the Saints had planned on obtaining from the Cougars, just to remind everyone how strong the team really is.

“In the case of a game like this, we want to make a statement,” said offensive lineman Lucas Siefers. “We all thought we could beat them by a lot to prove that we are the top team in the conference.”

While the offense had highlighted a majority of the game, the defense quietly did their job yet again. The continuous three-and-outs suffered by the Cougar offense correlates directly with the Cougar defense becoming tired for the CSS offense. After giving up 98 in the season opener, the CSS defense has been nothing short of spectacular.

“We have done a lot of adjustments in practice to make our defense the best,” said linebacker Quinten Mcgregor. “We have been pursuing the football after every play in practice, which correlates to the games on Saturdays. We’ve also been doing more and more practice on tackling, (something that should never go overlooked in football).”

Edwards went 14-for-23 through the air, accumulating 266 yards and four touchdowns along with zero interceptions. Peru and Buthe both provided help on the ground, with each recording a touchdown and combining for 154 yards. Buthe also led the team in receptions with five, but Olson led in the receiving yards category as he was the only one to eclipse the triple-digit mark (102).

The Saints will now travel to Northwestern for potentially their biggest game of the regular season. The rivalry will kick off at 1 p.m. in St. Paul, Minnesota.

“Northwestern for us is always the game that is circled on the schedule from day one,” said Siefers. “It means a lot and we expect nothing less than a win against our rivals.”

“It’s always between them and us for who wins the conference almost every year,” said Mcgregor. “We are all looking forward to this upcoming game, it should be a good one.”