by Lexi Bertsch
The University of Northwestern – St. Paul football team finished the season on a high note with a 42-6 victory over Iowa Wesleyan at home on Nov. 9. It was the last game for the eight seniors and also the last game on Reynolds Field. Next fall, the Eagles will compete on a brand new turf field.
Although Iowa Wesleyan was the first to score, the Eagles stopped all other attempts. Five out of the six touchdowns came from different players.
To honor the seniors in their last game on Reynolds Field, each got a chance to play. Senior linebacker Jordan Padgett and senior fullback Justin Horsch each gave themselves a touchdown in the second half. Northwestern caused Iowa Wesleyan four fumbles and almost doubled their opponent in total yardage. Junior running back, Josh Sinnen helped contribute to the yardage with 104 rushing yards. This is the sixth time this season that he has had over 100 yards. Defensively, sophomore Luke Sommerlot received eight tackles and a sack, and junior Kevin Langmade had nine tackles.
Senior wide receiver Garrett Ostrom and senior defensive back Marshall Repp both agreed that they are going to miss the team and the coaches and have enjoyed the roadtrips and memories made on the bus.
As they take on a new chapter of life, Ostrom said a lesson he has learned was how to face adversity.
“We are taught to take joy in it, to keep pushing through the adversity with our brothers by our sides. They’ve got our backs, and we have theirs. This relates to our walks with God as well, because our Christian life isn’t going to be flat, or perfect. We are going to face challenges throughout that we weren’t expecting. But, with the strength, help, and prayer of our brothers, like the ones we’ve made on this team, we learned that we can make joy out of whatever outcome befalls us.”
The Eagles finished 6-3 in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) which placed the team fourth in the final standings right behind St. Scholastica.