Dwayne Lawhorn’s record-tying game spoiled the Marauders’ season opener on Thursday night.
St. Cloud State’s senior lefty quarterback tied his own school record with five touchdown passes in the Huskies’ 35-12 Northern Sun win over the University of Mary on Tuesday night at the Bowl.
“I thought we came out and played with great energy. It’s always good, especially in the first game of the season, to get off to a good start like that,” said SCSU head coach Scott Underwood. “In our league, getting off to a good start is always nice.”
Down 28-0 in the third quarter, the Marauders did show some moxie.
Logan Nelson hit Kade Lynch for a 57-yard bomb for a touchdown. Later, Nelson ran in a TD from 13 yards out to cut the deficit to 28-12.
“It felt really good,” said Lynch, a sophomore from Century. “Coach (Bagnell) made a great call. The corner bit on the inside post and Logan (Nelson) threw a great ball.”
Still within 28-12, the Marauders looked like they had momentum.
U-Mary forced St. Cloud to punt but were flagged for a roughing-the-punter call, giving the Huskies an automatic first down. Five players later, Lawhorn’s fifth TD toss pushed the SCSU edge back up to three scores.
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Two of Lawhorn’s touchdown passes went to John Solberg for a combined three yards.
“Dwayne played well. He was able to make a few plays running the ball,” Underwood said. “He’s one of our 14 seniors. We only had seven last year, so we’re counting on those guys. They have high expectations.”
After a scoreless first half, with just 51 yards of offense, U-Mary showed life over the final 30 minutes with 212 yards. They did so without standout junior wide receiver Luke Little, who suffered a leg injury in the second quarter and did not return.
“Obviously the first half wasn’t what we were expecting, but I thought we showed a lot of fight in the second half,” Lynch said. “This will be a great learning experience for us. We need to clean some things up and build on what we did I the second half.”
The Marauders’ biggest play of the first half came on special teams and it nearly ended in points.
Danny Kittner took a kickoff at the 10 yard line, made two St. Cloud State defenders miss and had only green turf in front of him, but Kittner tripped at the 45 yard line and went down. Despite good field position the Marauders went 3-and-out for one of their nine punts.
The Marauders hit the road for their next game, another Thursday night tilt, against NSIC heavyweight Bemidji State on Sept. 12.