Former Norseman Returns to Minnesota; MCAC Teams Prep for Playoffs

Former Mesabi Range football player and NJCAA All-America selection Sam Okuayinonu returns to Minnesota today with the University of Maryland
Former Mesabi Range football player and NJCAA All-America selection Sam Okuayinonu returns to Minnesota today with the University of Maryland

Winona, MN-

(photo courtesy of Mesabi Range College)

As eight football teams from the Minnesota College Athletic Conference prepare for the quarterfinal rounds which begin tomorrow, Sunday, 10/27, some eyes will be on the Gopher - Terrapins Big Ten game today in Minnesapolis at 2:30pm.

Former Mesabi Range College standout Sam Okuayinonu visits the University of Minnesota with the University of Maryland for a game to be televised on ESPN. 

Okuayinonu , the NJCAA Region XIII Defensive Player-of-the-Year last season and a 2019 NJCAA All-America selection, has played in seven games so far this season for Maryland; he has 15 total tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack so far this season  For more on the former Norseman, click this link. 

ESPN will televise today's game. 

Sunday's MCAC football fixtures are listed below; the quarterfinal rounds are inter-division affairs, hosted on campus at the higher seed.  The semi-final round - scheduled for Sunday, November 2 - will also be on campus sites determined after tomorrow's contests.   The MCAC State Championship Football game will take place at St. Cloud State University, with a 1:30pm kick-off at Husky Stadium. 

2019 MCAC Football Quarter-Final Round Contests Site & Time

   #4W Dakota College-Bottineau @ #1W North Dakota State College of Science

    (3-4 Overall / 1-2 West)             (7-1 Overall  5-0 West)          

Sunday, October 27, 2pm

Wahpeton, ND                     

#4E Central Lakes College @ #1E Mesabi Range College 

(3-5 Overall / 2-3 East)    (7-1 Overall / 5-0 East)

Sunday, October 27, 1:30pm

Mt. Iron, MN

              #3E Rochester CTC @ #2E Itasca Community College

     (6-2 Overall / 3-2 East)    (7-1 Overall / 3-2 East)

Sunday, October 27, 3pm

Grand Rapids, MN 

#3W Northland CTC   @ #2W Minnesota West CTC 

(3-5 Overall / 2-2 West)    (5-3 Overall / 2-2 West)


Sunday, October 27, 1:30pm

Worthington, MN          

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The Minnesota College Athletic Conference is the organizational body for NJCAA-affiliated two-year technical and community college athletic programs in the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, as well as select member colleges in North Dakota and Wisconsin.  The mission of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference is to advance intercollegiate athletics by providing an engaging and supportive environment for success of our student athletes and competition among member institutions.  The MCAC is committed to the guiding principles of encouraging the development and success of student athletes, promoting the integrity, honesty and loyalty to member schools as well as upholding the sustainability of conference athletic programs.

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