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Football - Mon, Sep. 11, 2017
Mayville State University
Sterling (Kan.)91471444
Mayville State (N.D.)6662240
Sterling (Kan.)Indv. LeadersMayville State (N.D.)
#21 Aaron Chisolm - 133Rushing #18 Creighton Pfau - 129
#15 Eric Butler - 76Passing #18 Creighton Pfau - 436
#1 Richard Newell - 36Receiving #3 Joshua Portillo - 144
Sterling (Kan.)Team StatisticsMayville State (N.D.)
300Rushing Yards 170
76Passing Yards 436
2Turnovers 2
22:27Possesion Time 43:02

MAYVILLE, N.D. – The Sterling College Warriors looked to bounce back this week, as the team traveled to Mayville State University in North Dakota on Saturday. The Warriors battled it out in their first true road game of the season, holding off the Comets in the end for the 44-40 victory.

Mayville State would start the game with a quick three and out, giving the Warriors a chance to strike first. Sterling would use offensive attack of Eric Butler and Aaron Chisolm, as the Warriors moved the ball down the field. Butler would also connect on key passing attempts to Richard Newell, Greer Chandler, and Jourdan Williams as the Sterling started to build their momentum on offense. With eight minutes to play in the opening quarter, Richard Newell would put Sterling on the board to give the Warriors a 7-0 lead. The Comets had a quick answer on the following drive, using three plays to score. However, the PAT attempt would be blocked by Sterling and returned by Darryl Terrell for two points, giving Sterling a 9-6 lead. Both teams continued to battle throughout the remainder of the opening quarter, as Sterling would hold on to a 9-6 lead heading into the second.

In the second quarter, Sterling used strong defensive plays from Swain Williams, Maurice Rucker, and force fumble from Dezmond Howard to halt the Comets drive. With excellent field position, the Warrior offense would continue to use the ground duo of Aaron Chisolm and Eric Butler to move down the field, as Butler would connect with Chisolm for the 12-yard score, putting Sterling ahead 16-6. The Warriors continued to put pressure on the Comets, as Kenya Edner would force another fumble, with Josh Lisby recovering it to give Sterling possession. The Comets would force Sterling to punt on the following series, adding a score of their own to make it 16-12 with 4:04 left in the half. Looking to add one more score before the break, Sterling quickly advanced the ball down the field, as Eric Butler, Aaron Chisolm, and Daniel Doriscar used strong plays to put Sterling in scoring position. With time running out in the second quarter, Eric Butler would end the 11-play drive with a keeper for a touchdown, giving the Warriors a 23-12 lead at the break.

To start the second half, Mayville State worked down the field on their opening drive to score, making it 23-18. Sterling continued to use the offensive rushing attack of Butler and Chisolm to keep the Comets defense off track, as the Warriors would answer with another keeper from Eric Butler for the score to make it 30-18. With the quarter coming to a close, the Comets looked to strike back with the home crowd behind them, as Sterling would lead Mayville State, 30-18 heading to the fourth.

Using plays down the field to start the fourth quarter, the Comets would score to make it 30-24 with 12:24 remaining in the game. Mayville State started bring more pressure on the defense, looking to keep the Warriors from taking back momentum. Aaron Chisolm and Daniel Doriscar remained strong in the backfield for the Warriors, continuing to make big plays down the stretch. With 8:22 left to play, Sterling would add another touchdown, this time off a keeper from freshman Taylor Richter, giving the Warriors a 37-24 lead. With the momentum in favor of Sterling, the defense would come up big, as Nicholas McGrew would pick off the Mayville State quarterback and return it to 14-yards for the score, putting Sterling ahead 44-24 with 8:03 left to play.

The Comets continued to fight, moving the ball quickly down the field to score, making it 44-32 with 5:17 left in the game. Mayville State started to use key stops on defense, keeping the Warriors from using the clock on offense. After a quick three and out from Sterling, the Comets would drive down the field again for the score, this time using adding a two-point conversion to make it 44-40 with just under two minutes to play.

With one final chance, the Comets attempted an onside kick, but Greer Chandler would recover for the Warriors to give the Sterling the ball in the final minute. With time running out, the Warriors would hold onto the ball to end the final surge from the Comets, as Sterling would defeat Mayville State, 44-40.

Eric Butler finished with 93 yards on the ground and two touchdowns, while finishing with 64 yards in the air for one touchdown. Aaron Chisolm had strong offensive day, finishing with a career high 161 yards on the ground, along with a receiving touchdown, while Daniel Doriscar added 49 yards rushing. Richard Newell had a team high four receptions for 35 yards to lead the Warriors in receiving, while Michael Winstead was perfect on all six of his extra point attempts.

Defensively, Kenya Edner collected ten tackles in the game and forced a fumble, while Ray Winfield and Darryl Terrell each finished with six tackles. Nicholas McGrew finished with three tackles and a pick-six for the Warriors in the victory.

Sterling (1-1, 0-0) looks to continue their winning ways when they open KCAC conference play, hosting Southwestern College on September 16th at Warrior Fest. Kick-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

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