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LWC Football to battle Pikeville tomorrow at home opener

By Brady Budke

The Lindsey Wilson football team is set to open 2020-21 tomorrow, Friday, February 12, 2021, with a Mid-South Conference Bluegrass Division showdown against Pikeville (KY).

Live video and live stats will be available for this game. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30pmCT tomorrow at Blue Raider Stadium, 928 Russell Road, Columbia, KY. Please view the Lindsey Wilson Athletics Home Attendance Protocols for more information.

Last season, LWC made it all the way to the NAIA FCS Playoff Semifinals and finished the year at a program-best 12-1. The team accomplished a flawless 7-0 record in the Bluegrass Division and was crowned conference champions for the third time in program history.

Tomorrow marks the 11th season head coach Chris Oliver will roam the sidelines for Lindsey Wilson. Oliver has accumulated an 82-33 (41-17 MSC) overall record during his tenure. Last season, he was tabbed as the Bluegrass Division Coach of the Year for the second time in his career.

A season ago, the Blue Raiders offense was one of the best in the NAIA. Through the 13 games played, the team averaged an explosive 40.5 points per game. Not only was that mark the best in the Bluegrass Division, but it also ranked sixth in the NAIA. The 524 total points scored by LWC was third most in the NAIA.

The Lindsey Wilson offense will return two NAIA All-American selections from a season ago in quarterback Cameron Dukes and running back Jaylen Boyd. Dukes, who was selected as the Bluegrass Division Offensive Player of the Year in 2019, threw for 3,394 yards and 35 touchdowns. Boyd, who earned Bluegrass Division First Team honors last season, rushed for 1,119 yards and 12 touchdowns. The LWC offense also welcomes back Bluegrass Division First Team selection Eli Cross and Second Team selection Joshua Lewis.

Last season on defense, Lindsey Wilson allowed just 18.4 PPG which was the second lowest mark in the Bluegrass Division.

The Blue Raiders return 2019 Bluegrass Division First Team selection Luke Bowman and Second Team selection Mark Pruitt. Bowman corralled team-highs of 104 total tackles (8.0 per game), 16.5 tackles for loss, and five sacks last season. Pruitt added 55 total tackles and three interceptions.

As for Pikeville, the Bears finished 5-5 (4-3 MSC) last season and dropped the contest against Lindsey Wilson by a final of 45-10.

The UPIKE offense averaged 27.3 PPG last season and brings back Bluegrass Division First Team selection Alexander Shelton at wide receiver. Shelton led the team with 38 receptions for 542 yards and four touchdowns. On the ground, running back Alex Sanders was second on the team with 84 rushes for 474 yards and a touchdown.

On defense, UPIKE gave up an average of 30 PPG to its opponents. Despite this number, the team was allowing just 128.2 rushing yards per game, the second lowest mark in the Bluegrass Division. However, the Bears were allowing 214.8 passing yards per game through the air which was the third worst mark in the Bluegrass Division. Second Team Bluegrass Division selection Josh Ervin returns this year after recording 23 tackles and two sacks a season ago.

Lindsey Wilson has never lost to Pikeville on the football field, sitting at a perfect 7-0 in the series.

This story was posted on 2021-02-11 13:38:05
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