WAYNE – The Wayne State College Wildcat football team had their season come to an end Saturday afternoon with Upper Iowa University in town during the 29th annual Egg Bowl.
From Bob Cunningham Field on the campus of Wayne State College, both the Peacocks and Wildcats were held scoreless in the opening quarter.
WSC quickly scored early in the second from an 11-yard run by junior fullback Houston Huss. Upper Iowa would counter with two scores just before half one being a 21-yard passing touchdown followed by a 38-yard field goal.
Upper Iowa led 10-7 at the break.
Sophomore quarterback Aaron Bleil then got on a hot streak with three touchdown passes, one in the third. The third quarter score was a two-yard receiving touchdown to junior wideout Layne Sullivan along with the final score of the game going towards sophomore wideout Willie Walton of 41-yards.
The in-between passing touchdown was a record tying score when senior wideout Nate Rogers caught a three-yard score to tie Jim Strahan (1947-1949) with 27 career touchdown receptions.
Final found Wayne State College defeating Upper Iowa 28-10 to finish their season at 6-5 overall (4-3 South) while the Peacocks ended their year at 6-5 (3-4 South). The 6-5 overall mark also is the first winning season in five years for the ‘Cats.
Bleil finished 16-35 for 176 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Senior running back Rashad Trimble recorded 39 yards off eight carries as Huss tallied 36 yards on 13 carries along with a score. Walton had six receptions for 103 yards and one sore, Rogers caught seven passes for 49 yards and one score as Sullivan picked up three receptions for 24 yards and one score.
Defensively, the Wildcats forced eight turnovers (three fumbles/five INT’s). Senior linebacker Emeka Etta (seven solo) and sophomore free safety Ian Ailts (eight solo) each had nine tackles. Sophomore cornerback Shaq Paddy had two interceptions while senior linebacker DeWayne Scott, junior free safety Aaron Wright and senior strong safety Glenn Harris each had an INT. Harris finished the season with eight interceptions that tied a single season school record.
Paddy earned Egg Bowl MVP honors with five tackles to go along with his two INT’s for 20 return yards and two pass breakups.