WAYNE – The Bemidji State Beavers scored a special teams touchdown and used good field position to hold off the Wayne State Wildcats 27-10 on Saturday.
The teams fought through sub 50-degree weather and a steady drizzle to play a competitive game for Homecoming at Bob Cunningham Field.
The Wildcats (1-4) shanked their first punt to let Bemidji (4-1) start its first drive at Wayne’s 35 yard line. Andrew Lackowski punched in the first score from one yard out to make it 7-0.
Wayne controlled the rest of the first half. True freshman QB Alex Thramer handled the offense in relief of injured starter Aaron Bleil. The O’Neill High grad helped the Wildcats to four third-down conversions in the first half and moved the offense to field goal position twice. Kicker Ethan Knudson converted on a 27-yard try to make it 7-3 at halftime.
Beavers return man Gunner Olszewski returned the opening kickoff of the second half to the Wildcats 30 yard line, setting up a scoring run from quarterback Jared Henning.
Later in the third quarter, Olszewski brought a punt back to midfield and pitched it to Michael Junker to raced to the end zone to make it 20-3.
Lackowski tallied another TD in the fourth quarter to bring the Beavers’ lead to 24 points. Wayne State running back Marlon Warner scored on a 12-yard scamper to complete the scoring.