St. John’s overwhelms Northwestern 49-0 in opening round of playoffs – Twin Cities

The Johnnies are in the NCAA Division III football playoffs.

St. John’s went straight to the point on Saturday, overwhelming the Northwestern St. Paul 49-0 in 14-degree temperatures and 18-mile winds Saturday at Clemens Stadium in Collegeville, Minn.

Quarterback Aaron Syverson led the Johnnies with four first-half touchdown passes — 41 yards to Nick VanErp in the first quarter, then nine and 11 yards to Jimmy Buck and six yards to Alex Larson in the second for a 35-0 half lead .

Syverson finished the day with 19 of 23 passes for 204 yards.

Northwest quarterback Caden Cantrell kept the Eagles offensive going on 23 of 32 passes for 207 yards. He was intercepted twice.

St. John’s ended with 388 yards offense against Northwestern’s 213.

Northwestern finished the season 6-5 after they went for a 6-0 record to win the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference championship.

St. John’s improved 10-1 and advanced to the second round of the Division III playoffs where the Johnnies meet a strong opponent in undefeated Wartburg, Iowa, who improved to 11-0 with a 14-6 win Wisconsin-La Crosse on Saturday in Waverly, Iowa.

DIVISION II PLAYOFFS

State of Minnesota Mankato 26, State of Wayne 9

The Mavericks (10-2) held the Wildcats (9-3) to just 216 offensive yards at Blakeslee Stadium in the opening round of the Division II playoffs, earning their sixth straight win.

Shen Butler-Lawson led the Mankato State offense with 113 yards rushing, the sixth time this season he has rushed for more than 100 yards in a game. The Mavericks rushed a total of 287 yards.

Bemidji State 31, Winona State 7

With a stiff breeze off Lake Bemidji and a game temperature of 12 degrees, the Beavers (10-2) found a way around the difficult playing conditions to beat the Warriors (8-4) in the first round of the Division II playoffs at chet Anderson Stadium in Bemidji, Minn.

Bemidji State used a quick offense in the third quarter to pull away, with Brandon Alt hitting three touchdown passes in nine minutes with Brendan Beaulieu to put the home team 24-0 and Beavers kicker Connor Cusick also scored on a 22-yard field goal during that stretch.

OTHER GAMES

ND State 42, North Dakota 21

Quarterback Cam Miller equaled the Bisons’ single-game record with five rushing touchdowns, and North Dakota State (9-2) overwhelmed North Dakota (7-4) in Fargo, ND in the annual Harvest Bowl. It was the fastest touchdowns in a game by an FCS player this season. Miller had scoring rushes of 4, 7, 3, 5, and 30 yards. NDSU combined for 363 yards rushing and six touchdowns.

The 115th meeting between the state of North Dakota and North Dakota resulted in the Bisons’ fifth straight victory at the Division I level since 2015. AND leads the 62-50-3 series from 1894.

North Iowa 58, South Dakota 14

Theo Day threw five touchdown passes and ran for another score as the Panthers (6-5) routed South Dakota (3-8) in Vermillion, SD

The total of six touchdowns – all in the first half – were Day’s career highlight. He completed 21 of 30 passes for 280 yards. His touchdown passes were split among five receivers. Sergio Morancy had four catches for 135 yards, including a 62-yard touchdown.

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