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LWC Football 55. Cumberland 27. Sat 14 Nov 2015
No. 14 Football caps off regular season with 55-27 victory over Cumberland on Senior Day, with 1,472 in attendance at Blue Raider Stadium, 928 Russell Road, Columbia, KY. Prior to the game, 14 football senior student-athletes were honored: Tavis Elzy, Jerry Long II, Ross, Haney, Treon Hill, Brooks, Gonzalez, Davenport, Caleb Keeton, Curtsinger Joseph Fawns, Levi Sanders, Logan Pruitt and Colin Patrick
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by Mark Vasey
News from Lindsey Wilson College
COLUMBIA, KY (Sat 14 Nov 2015) -- No. 14 Lindsey Wilson football fell behind Cumberland (Tenn.) 14-0 in the first quarter, but the Blue Raiders outscored the Bulldogs 55-13 the rest of the way for a 55-27 victory on Saturday at Blue Raider Stadium.
The Blue Raiders (8-2, 3-2 MSC West) outscored the Bulldogs (3-8, 0-5 MSC West) 21-7 off of turnovers and the Lindsey Wilson defense held Cumberland to seven points in the second half after allowing 21 in the first half. After being shutout in the first quarter, the Blue Raiders erupted for 55 points over the final three quarters.
On their first drive of the game, the Bulldogs put together a seven play, 74-yard drive that ended with a four-yard rushing touchdown by running back Moses Cornelius, who carried the ball 25 times for 115 yards and two touchdowns on the day. Cumberland led 7-0 with 12:24 to go in the first quarter.
The Blue Raider offense started slowly and punted on their first possession of the game, before quarterbacks Zak Mizell and Dylan Beasley threw interceptions on the next two Blue Raider drives. The first interception was thrown with 5:24 left in the first quarter by Mizell, who completed 7-of-11 passes for two touchdowns. The Lindsey Wilson defense then held the Cumberland offense to a three-and-out giving the ball back to the offense.
On the Blue Raiders' next drive, Beasley, who completed 10-of-16 passes for one touchdown, threw his only interception of the day. This time, the Bulldogs converted the turnover into an eight play, 36-yard scoring drive that ended with a touchdown pass from Austin Chaplin to Michael Green, who caught six passes for 116 yards and one score on the day. Chaplin received a lateral on the right side of the field from quarterback Justin Snyder and threw a pass down the sideline to Green, who toe-tapped his feet on the edge of the end zone before falling out of bounds, for the score. The touchdown gave the Bulldogs a 14-0 lead with 14:08 left in the second quarter.
The Blue Raiders responded with an 11 play, 75-yard touchdown drive on their next possession, which cut the Bulldogs lead to 14-7 with 10:19 left in the second quarter. Beasley completed a 24-yard catch and run to Jay Gaudlock, who caught three passes for 49 yards in the game, on a slant route. Gaudlock ran into the end zone untouched for the score.
The Blue Raider defense stepped up again on the next Bulldog possession.
Bulldogs's quarterback Justin Snyder, who completed 18-of-43 passes for 229 yards, with one touchdown, and two interceptions, threw his first pick of the game. Snyder attempted a pass to Marcus Bryson, but was intercepted by Trey Wright giving the Blue Raider offense the ball at the Cumberland 26-yard line. Three plays and 26 yards later, the Blue Raiders were celebrating their second score and the game was tied at 14, with 7:32 left in the second quarter. Running back Jalen Sublett, who had five carries for 39 yards, crossed the goal line from two-yards out for the score.
The Bulldogs did not lie down, and drove the ball five plays and 78 yards for a score to take a 20-14 lead with 5:41 left in the second quarter. The extra point was missed by place kicker Josh Bates.
After the Blue Raiders' offense was forced to punt on the ensuing possession, Justin Wade, who recorded seven tackles on the day, forced a fumble. He came from the left defensive end position, and swung around behind Snyder, who was stepping up in the pocket. Wade stripped the ball from Snyder at the five-yard line. Michael Brooks scooped up the loose ball around the 11-yard line and ran towards the end zone. Brooks followed two blockers towards the end zone, but bumped into the referee. He then changed direction back to the inside and crossed the goal line for the score to give the Blue Raiders their first lead of the game at 21-20 with 2:01 to go in the second quarter.
The Blue Raider lead proved to be insurmountable for the Bulldogs as Lindsey Wilson would outscore Cumberland 34-7 over the rest of game.
Lindsey Wilson went to the bag of tricks to start the second half.
Receiving the kickoff to start the third quarter, Cory Davenport caught the ball at the 20-yard line, before taking a step forward, turning to his left, and throwing a lateral pass to Josh Haney, who outran everyone on his way to the end zone to put the Blue Raiders on top 28-20.
Later in the third quarter, the Blue Raider defense struck again.
With 8:25 left in the third quarter, Snyder attempted a pass to Green, but was intercepted by Tony Brackins Jr., who gave the Lindsey Wilson offense the ball at the Cumberland 39-yard line. One play later, and the Blue Raiders were celebrating another score and a 35-20 lead. Haney, who led the Blue Raider rushing attack with 94 yards on six attempts, sprinted 39 yards to the end zone for his second total touchdown of the day.
The Blue Raider offense was firing on all cylinders and scored again with 2:48 left in the third quarter to increase the lead to 42-20. Taking the snap at the two-yard line, Mizell bootlegged to the right and found Josh Durham who snagged the pass and got a foot inbounds along the side of the end zone to cap off an eight play, 68-yard drive.
The score was 42-20 starting the fourth quarter but the Lindsey Wilson offense was not done yet.
Lining up as a wide receiver on the right sideline, backup quarterback Michael Case stepped back after the snap and received a lateral from Mizell, who was lined up at quarterback. Case threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to tight end Emilio Gonzalez, who used his size advantage to catch the ball over the defensive back in the end zone, and put the score at 48-20 with 14:38 to go in the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs fought back to score on their next possession.
Cornelius finished off a 12 play, 76-yard drive by taking the ball across the goal line from the two-yard line for his second score of the game to make the score 48-27 with 9:43 to go in the fourth quarter. It was Cumberland's first score since the second quarter.
Lindsey Wilson found the end zone one more time with 4:40 to go to make the score 55-27. Mizell capped off a six play, 76-yard drive with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Carmetrick Ross, who caught four passes for 44 yards.
The Blue Raider defense kept Cumberland off the scoreboard for the rest of the fourth quarter and the game ended 55-27.
Kyle Curtsinger led the Lindsey Wilson defense with 11 tackles, while Desmond Sweatt and Alex Abner garnered seven each. Kamile Malone recorded five tackles and a sack.
Prior to the game, 14 football senior student-athletes were honored for their dedication to the program and Lindsey Wilson College. Tavis Elzy, Jerry Long II, Ross, Haney, Treon Hill, Brooks, Gonzalez, Davenport, Caleb Keeton, Curtsinger Joseph Fawns, Levi Sanders, Logan Pruitt and Colin Patrick were all honored in the pregame ceremonies.
Lindsey Wilson now awaits to see if they earn an at large bid into the 16-team NAIA Football Championship Series Playoffs. The selection show is scheduled for Sunday at 4pmCT.
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