Red Devils end season with 31-20 loss

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The University of Northwestern defense held Eureka to 216 yards of total offense en route to a 31-20 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference victory Saturday afternoon at Reynolds Field in St. Paul, Minn.

Eureka finished the season with a record of 5-5 overall, 4-5 conference.

A pair of quarterbacks split time for Eureka, with junior quarterback Conrad Schumann getting the bulk of the action, finishing 6-of-11 for 68 yards and a touchdown, adding 55 yards on the ground.

Sophomore Dontai Johnson got the start under center, ending the day 2-of-6 for 41 yards and an interception.

Eureka sophomore running back Matt Johnson carried the ball 15 times for 46 yards, while freshman running back Paul Rhodes had the lone touchdown carry for the visitors.

The touchdown was Rhodes’ first collegiate touchdown.

Eureka senior wide receiver Matt Mogged hauled in a 4-yard touchdown pass from Schumann as time expired, giving the senior eight career touchdown receptions and his first of the season.

Sophomore teammate Demarcus Heglar led the Eureka receiving corps with two receptions for 29 yards.

Senior safety Jordan Blair returned his fourth interception of the season, and seventh career pick, 93-yards for a touchdown in closing seconds of the first half to cut the host’s lead to 21-14 at the break.

Linebacker and fellow senior Marcus Washington, a Morton graduate, also picked off an Eagles’ pass, his third interception in the last two contests, and finished the day with ten total tackles.

Eureka sophomore linebacker and Washington native Chris Friend collected 14 stops, including two tackles for a loss and one sack, and concluded his rookie campaign as a Red Devil with a team-high 96 total tackles.

Eagles quarterback Grant Schoen completed 13-of-27 passes for 210 yards and a trio of touchdown passes.

Northwestern running back Zac Cash rushed 13 times for 49 yards and added four receptions for 68 yards and a pair of touchdown grabs.