By: Keyshawn McMahon
Football – vs. (3) Morningside College / L-7-63
The No. 16 Sterling College Warriors traveled to Sioux City, Iowa on Saturday to take on the No. 3 Morningside College Mustangs for the first round of the 2017 NAIA Football Championship Series. After a 7-7 opening quarter, Morningside got into a zone that couldn’t be slowed down, ultimately keeping the Warriors from creating any momentum. Sterling loss 63-7
Early on in the game the Warriors got offense from Eric Butler, sophomore, with completions to Raphael Williams, junior, and Greer Chandler, junior, that would move the Warriors down the field, as Sterling looked to answer the Mustangs early on.
Eric Butler would find Darryl Terrell, sophomore down the field for a 36-yard reception, putting the Warriors in the red zone on first and goal. Aaron Chisolm, sophomore, finished off the nine-play drive with a 1-yard rushing score to even the game at 7-7 in the first quarter. The Mustangs kept firing on all cylinders in their next drive, using two passes down the field to add another quick score, to make it 14-7 in the closing minutes of the first quarter. The Warriors looked to answer late in the quarter, but the Mustangs would force Sterling to punt. Following the punt neither team would be able to add scores in the final minutes, the Mustangs led the Warriors, 14-7 heading into the second quarter.
In the second quarter, Morningside had started to create separation from the Warriors. The Warriors would get tackles and big defensive plays from Kenya Edner, senior, Swain Williams, senior, Nicholas McGrew, junior, and Adam Douglas, junior, throughout the Morningside offensive drives, but the Mustangs wouldn’t be contained. The Mustangs would add three scores to their total in the second quarter to take a 35-7 lead. Offensively, Sterling struggled against the aggressive Morningside defense, only picking up three first downs in the quarter on strong rushes from Chisolm and key receptions by Terrell. Morningside led 35-7 heading into the break.
With the second half underway, Morningside continued the attack on both side of the balls, adding to their lead throughout the remainder of the game. Morningside would add three scores in the third quarter to take a 56-7 lead. Sterling would continue to show fight and toughness, getting stops throughout the fourth quarter; while on offense getting strong play from Daniel Doriscar, freshman, and Eric Haynes, junior, in comeback efforts. However, the Mustangs were the better team Saturday and that showed from early on going on to defeat the Warriors in the First Round of the NAIA Football Championship Series, 63-7.
Butler finished the game with 146 passing yards, going 12 for 31 in the game, while Chisolm led the Warriors with 60 rushing yards and a touchdown. Terrell led the receiving game with six receptions for 81 yards, followed by Chandler and Williams each with two catches for 34 and 10 yards respectively.
Defensively, McGrew led the Warriors with nine tackles, while Edner finished with 7.5 tackles and a pass break up. Dezmond Howard, senior, and Maurice Rucker, sophomore, each had a forced fumble, while Braden Scheulen, freshman, earned a blocked kick in the game.
Sterling ends the season 9-3 overall with a KCAC record of 8-1, earning their second KCAC Championship in school history. The Warriors finished off an excellent year by reaching the NAIA Football Championship Series for the second straight season, only the third time in program history.
Women’s Basketball – vs. Southwestern College / W 72-70
On Saturday, the Lady Warriors traveled to Winfield, Kan. to battle against the Lady Builders of Southwestern College. In a game that was decided in the final seconds of the game, both teams gave everything they had every possession of the game; however it was Sterling who would prevail victorious at the end of regulation 72-70.
The Lady Warriors were down a key player in Kilee Harris, senior, who would have been able to impact the game in many ways. In a game that went down to the wire, the other team leaders of the Lady Warriors shouldered the load for the team. With the exception of one starter, every other member of the starting five had to play close to 40 minutes for the Lady Warriors to pull this one out. The teams battled all night with big time runs and lead changes throughout the game—there was a feeling it would come down to the final seconds.
With the game on the line late in the second half with the scored tied at 68 Jordin Greer, senior, knocked down a pull up jumper to put the Lady Warriors up by two. However, Southwestern would answer with a basket on the other end on the following possession to tie it at 70. With the game on the line Kylah Comley, freshman, had the ball in her hands as time winded down after killing time to ensure Sterling would have the last shot. She drove to the basket hard and finished strong at the rim for the game winning basket.
Comley had a huge night pouring in 33 points while dishing out 6 assists. Senior leaders Jordin Greer and Jessica Princ also came in huge for the lady Warriors scoring 25 and 14 points respectively. Jordin Greer led the team in steals with five takeaways and Alexis Theus, freshman, led the team in the rebounding category pulling in 6.
Following this match-up, the Lady Warriors are now 3-2 on the season. Their next matchup will be against the Lady Spires of Saint Mary at home on Nov. 21 at 6 p.m.
Men’s Basketball – vs. (13) Southwestern College / L 77-97
On Saturday, the Warriors wheeled up to Winfield, Kan. to take on the Southwestern College Builders in a conference matchup. The Warriors gave great effort in this matchup, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Builders. The Builders led for the rest of the game since the 13:50 mark of the first half, and they never took their foot off the pedal winning big 77-97 over the Warriors.
The Warriors came out challenging the Builders with six lead changes in the opening minutes of the game, but the Builders would demonstrate poise in their attack early on, getting the shot they wanted time and time again. Once the Builders got hot, there wasn’t much the Warriors could do to slow them down.
The Warriors were led by Isaac Ostrosky, freshman, who scored a season high of 27 points. Trey Dubbert, junior, scored 16 points off the bench for the Warriors and Jamiah Windom-Haynes, freshman, and Kody Crosby, freshman, chipped in with 11 and 13 points respectively.
The Warriors move to 2-5 on the season, their next matchup is against the University of Saint Mary Spires on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m.