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Huskies Top Winona State 23-6 in Football Opener
WINONA, Minn. — September 4, 2011

Michigan Tech dominated all facets of a 23-6 victory at Winona State in both teams’ season opener tonight at Verizon Wireless Stadium. The Huskies had possession of the football for 40 minutes and held the Warriors to 186 total yards in moving to 1-0 on the season.

Tech might have found the answers to some of its preseason question marks at quarterback and special teams. Redshirt freshman Tyler Scarlett went 21-of-28 passing for 199 yards and a touchdown and helped the Huskies rack up 328 yards of total offense. True freshman kicker Garrett Mead made all five of his kicks including a 42-yard field goal.

“It was a good all-around win for us,” said sixth-year head coach Tom Kearly, who improved to 2-1 vs. his alma mater with the victory. “(Quarterback Tyler) Scarlett managed the game well, our defense tackled well and we made our kicks.

“They’re a good football team, and I’m happy to get out of here with a ‘W’.”

The Black and Gold controlled both sides of the ball in the first half, but didn’t have the point margin to show for it by halftime.

Akeem Cason scored the first points of the season at the 5:46 mark of the first quarter, finding the endzone from 12 yards out. Garrett Mead added the extra point.

Winona threatened late in the quarter, but were stopped on downs when cornerback Kenny Stiger batted down a pass in the endzone. The Huskies went on to march deep into Warrior territory before Mead knocked home a 24-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead.

WSU finally got on the board at the 7:36 mark of the second quarter as Theo Burkett broke free on a 19-yard run. The point after was missed, leaving the score 10-6.

Tech looked as though it would extend its lead at the end of the half, but Scarlett was intercepted in the endzone—one of his few mistakes of the game.

Winona drove into Michigan Tech territory with less than 20 seconds remaining in the half, but Todd Storm collected his third sack of the game to quell the threat.

Four takeaways helped the Huskies shut out the Warriors in the second half, but the game was still in doubt until the fourth quarter.

Drew Vanderlin blind-sided quarterback John Tiegland and forced a fumble at the WSU 33-yard line. Tech drove 29 yards before tacking on a 21-yard field goal for a 13-6 margin.

Later in the third quarter, defensive tackle Jacob Clark fell on a fumbled WSU exchange. The Huskies again took advantage by driving 36 yards capped by a 12-yard pass from Scarlett to Cason.

Mead’s 42-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter iced the game by making it a three score game.

Storm (2.5), Clark (1.0) and Vanderlin (1.5) combined for five sacks on Tiegland, and the Huskies’ defense limited the Warriors to 114 passing yards.

Storm had a team-high eight tackles and was named Superior Player of the Game.

Cason finished with 42 yards on 15 carries. Backup running back Cedrick Barber added 20 rushes for 4 yards

Scarlett threw to seven different receivers. Pat Carroll posted a team-high 54 yards on five receptions.

Michigan Tech, which has won five straight games dating back to last season, will play its home opener next Saturday (Sept. 10). The Huskies host GLIAC foe Lake Erie at 1 p.m. at Sherman Field.


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