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College football: Warriors, wind blow up Northland

THIEF RIVER FALLS -- Ridgewater overcame 30 mph winds and a likely season-ending injury to running back Batelmy Exil to upend Northland 14-7 on Saturday in Thief River Falls.

"This was one of the most difficult games I've ever been a part of," Ridgewater head coach Rob Baumgarn said.

The game was tied 0-0 at the half, and Baumgarn told his team that the first drive of the second half was huge because they had the ball and the wind.

The Warriors came through with a 73-yard drive capped by quarterback Cody Jaeger running it in for a 1-yard touchdown.

After Northland went 3-and-out, the Pioneers punted, and the wind caught the ball and pushed it back to the 7-yard line. With the Warriors now in possession, Jaeger ran for another 1-yard touchdown to give Ridgewater a 14-0 lead.

The Pioneers scored in the fourth, but were mostly kept off-balance by the Warrior defense.

"We were expecting them to air it out," Baumgarn said. "They did a lot of short/mid routes, but it was very difficult to complete them. The DL was able to get pressure and the secondary did a great job of keeping everything in front of them."

Martell Baker rushed for 147 yards in relief of Batelmy Exil, who injured his knee on the second play of the game.

DeAndre Henry rushed for 28 yards and Jaeger for -11.

Ridgewater 14, Northland 7

Ridgewater (3-0) 0 0 14 0 -- 14

Northland (2-1) 0 0 0 7 -- 7

Wil - Cody Jaeger 1 run (Matt Malek-Zadegan kick)

Wil - Jaeger 1 run (Malek-Zadegan kick)

Nor - Constant Jackson 18 pass from Edin Kovak (Jerry Guerro kick)

Ridgewater College

Team statistics

First downs: 12 ... Rushing: 54-179 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 31 ... Fumbles lost: 0 ... Penalties: 10-80

Individual statistics

Rushing: Batelmy Exil 2-9, Nathanial Swoyer 1-3, Cody Jaeger 15-(-11), Martell Baker 27-147, Tyrell Martin 3-3, DeAndre Henry 6-28 ... Passing: Jaeger 4-11-31-11 ... Receiving: Clint Coffey 1-8, Kevin Parks 2-10, Baker 1-4 ... Punting: Swoyer 3-30.0 ... Interceptions: Kleme Yahr 1 ... Fumble recoveries: none ... Tackles (solo-assist): Yahr 2-0, Emanuell Williams 1-1, Corey Smith 4-1, Jones Green 2-1, Hunter Smith 2-0, Justin Russ 3-0, Darius Campbell 2-1, Ricky Grier 3-0, Jordan Meine 3-1, Dominique Mitchell 5-3, Tyler Tabatt 2-0 ... QB sacks: Russ 2, Shawn Paul 1, Mitchell 2 ... Tackles for loss: C. Smith, H. Smith, Campbell

Northland College

Team statistics

Rushing: 28-52 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 95 ... Fumbles lost: 0 ... Penalties: 4-35

Individual statistics

First downs: 6 ... Rushing: Edin Kovak 9-(-31), Darian Nelson 17-78 ... Passing: Edin Kovak 7-23-73-1... Receiving: Mike Washington 1-12, Constant Jackson 4-38, Nelson 2-34