College football: Saints seek to rebound at Northwestern

St. Scholastica plays a 6 p.m. Saturday game at Northwestern after suffering first loss of season

The St. Scholastica football team will look to rebound from its first loss of the season last weekend when the Saints take on Northwestern at 6 p.m. Saturday in an Upper Midwest Athletic Conference game at Reynolds Field in St. Paul

Martin Luther defeated the then-undefeated Saints 27-6 at Public Schools Stadium, limiting CSS to 84 total yards, including a program-low minus-20 rushing yards. The Saints threw for just 104 yards and surrendered eight saves.

The Saints (4-1, 2-1 UMAC) should be in a good position to get back on track. Northwestern lost at MacMurray 41-20 last weekend.

CSS quarterback Zach Edwards had a rough game last week but still ranked No. 2 in NCAA Division III with 18 touchdown passes. Wide receiver Mitchell Adrian ranked third in Division III averaging 9.8 receptions per game and wideout Eddie Lee is second with 32 catches.

Linebacker Eric Soderberg had 22 tackles against Martin Luther and he ranks third in Division III averaging almost 14 tackles per game. Fellow lineback Chase Kleppe made 15 stops and forced a fumble last week and he’s second on the team with 53 tackles. Defensive back Jake Kukowski had 12 tackles and recovered two fumbles against Martin Luther.


Northwestern (1-4, 1-2 UMAC) gives up 32.2 points per game and almost 257 passing yards, numbers which both rank at the bottom of the UMAC.

Running back Payton Bowdry is the Eagles’ top runner, with 499 yards and four touchdowns on 86 carries.

Quarterback Damon Clapper is averaging 149.0 passing per game but has thrown seven interceptions.

The Saints will stay on the road next week to play Greenville at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, at Greenville, Illinois.

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