“It was a great win for the Warriors,” said Midland head coach Jeff Jamrog. “Beating Doane at their place is great for our program, and it’s a nice feather in our cap to beat Doane, Hastings, and Concordia in the same year.”
With starting quarterback Payton Nelson out with an injury, the Midland offense took some time to get back to form with a new signal caller. The Warriors turned to junior backup quarterback Noah Oswald to run the offense after seeing limited action in multiple games this season. Junior quarterback-turned-running back Garry Cannonalso saw a handful of snaps on Saturday.
Doane started the scoring just over two minutes into the game as Joaqu Robinson hauled in a six-yard touchdown grab, giving the Tigers a 7-0 lead.
Midland would get on the board in the first quarter as Cannon connected with Darrin Gentry for an 11-yard touchdown on Cannon’s only pass attempt. The Warriors’ two-point attempt was no good, leaving the score at 7-6.
On Doane’s next possession, junior safety Ashton Ellis forced a fumble from Garre Sonderup at the Midland six yard line, potentially saving a touchdown. Senior defensive lineman Tyler Koch came away with the fumble recovery at the two yard line.
After the big defensive play, the Warriors were pinned deep in their own territory. Oswald fumbled on the first play of the drive but fell back on the ball in the endzone, resulting in a safety for Doane, making the score 9-6.
Both offenses struggled in the second quarter as the game remained scoreless until Bryce Cooney connected on a 19-yard field goal on the final play of the first half, putting Doane up 12-6.
It was as bad a half as Midland has played all season, but the second half may have been one of the best. The Warriors scored on each of their next four possessions and outscored Doane 29-3 over that span.
“We didn’t play our best football in the first half,” Jamrog said. “We had 343 yards of total offense in the second half and played excellent defense and special teams as well. We were hitting on all cylinders.”
Each scoring play for the Warriors in the second half came via a pass from Oswald. Midland got touchdown grabs from Gentry (36 yards), Jacob Ellis (one yard), Cannon (11 yards), and again from Gentry (five yards) in the fourth quarter.
Doane scored just 10 points in the second half on a third quarter field goal from Cooney and a fourth quarter touchdown grab from Travall Calvin.
In his first career start, Oswald finished 17-30 passing for 236 yards and four touchdowns. The Warriors offense was aided by strong performances from Keenan Smith and Mike Seawell. Smith accounted for 77 rushing yards on 24 attempts and added 31 yards receiving on two catches. Seawell caught seven passes for 92 yards, rushed twice for 72 yards, and returned a punt for another 10 yards.
Gentry also had a solid day, catching five passes for 82 yards and three touchdowns.
Defensively, Ellis tied a career high with 10 total tackles and two forced fumbles. Wyatt Tremayne notched seven tackles of his own while Koch recorded a career high three sacks for a loss of eight yards.
Midland will be on the road next Saturday, November 3, as they travel to Sioux City, Iowa for a matchup with Briar Cliff (5-4, 3-4 GPAC). The game, which kicks off at 1:00 p.m., will be played at Memorial Field.