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By Christopher Coombs
COLUMBIA, KY - The sixth-ranked Lindsey Wilson football team hosts No. 10 Southeastern (FL) for a Saturday afternoon, September 23, 2017, matchup at 1:30pmCT at Blue Raider Stadium, 928 Russell Road, Columbia, KY. The matchup features two of the top five scoring offenses in the NAIA.
The Blue Raiders (3-0) were last in action on September 16, 2017, with a 68-26 win at Union (KY). Lindsey Wilson tallied 583 yards of offense with Dylan Beasley completing 22-of-30 passes for 314 yards and four touchdowns. Allen Cooks scored the first two touchdowns of the game as he caught three passes for 71 yards and a touchdown while adding one rush for 20-yards and a score in the game. The Blue Raiders went into the half with a 28-20 lead.
Lindsey Wilson took control of the game in the second half scoring six unanswered touchdowns, three on the ground and three through the air, before giving up a touchdown during the final seconds of the game. The Blue Raider defense allowed just 100 yards in the second half after conceding more than 300 in the opening half.
Trent Mueller led the defensive effort by recording 14 tackles. For their efforts, both Beasley and Mueller earned Mid-South Conference Bluegrass Division Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Lindsey Wilson ranks first in the NAIA in scoring defense per game (12.0) and third in pass defense per game (121.3). The Blue Raiders rank third in pass efficiency (201.8), fifth in punt return yards per game (23.3), and fifth in points per game (52.7) so far this season.
Cooks ranks third in punt return yards per game (23.0) and Beasley ranks third in pass efficiency (213.3) on the season. Mueller's 13.3 tackles per game are second-best in the NAIA while Jamar Brooks ranks eighth for interceptions on the season with two.
Southeastern (3-0) picked up a home victory on Sept. 16 against Bluefield (Va.) 46-21, outgaining them 443-178. Jonathan Pearce completed 11-of-21 passes for 163 yards and three touchdowns while Quev Gonzales caught seven passes for 116 and two scores. On the ground Jarrell Reynolds ran the ball 20 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns.
The Fire swept all MSC Sun Division Player of the Week honors. James Swain earned the defensive honor by recording five tackles and recovering two fumbles, Caleb Winter earned the special teams honor by averaging 41.6 yards per punt and Gonzales earned the offensive honor after his two touchdown performance against the Rams.
The Fire rank second in scoring offense per game (56.7) and rushing offense per game (362.7). Southeastern also ranks sixth in total offense per game (579.7) and seventh in pass defense efficiency (102.0). Reynolds ranks fourth in the NAIA for rushing yards per game with (144.7)
Saturday's matchup is the first ever meeting between the two schools. Lindsey Wilson is 2-1 all-time in top-10 matchups played at Blue Raider Stadium.
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