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Blue Raiders hold Bears to just 80 total yards

By Kyrin Mayfield

For just the third time in program history, the Lindsey Wilson football team kept their opponent off the scoreboard with a 49-0 route over Pikeville (KY) on Friday at Blue Raider Stadium. The victory marks the Blue Raiders eighth straight season-opening win.

After the opening kickoff, the Bears marched down to the Blue Raiders 32-yard line before Lindsey Wilson held Pikeville to four consecutive plays with no gain and received possession after a turnover on downs.

Eleven plays later, Jaylen Boyd juked his way into the endzone from three yards out to give the Blue Raiders an early 7-0 lead and the only score of the first 15 minutes.

That touchdown was the beginning of 49 unanswered points for Lindsey Wilson as the team crossed the goal line twice in each of the next three quarters.

In the ensuing period, Cameron Dukes found a wide-open Joshua Lewis for a 13-yard score to give the Blue Raiders a 14-0 lead.

On Lindsey Wilson's next drive, Dukes completed a pass to Terrill Cole who then sprinted his way for 53 yards down to the Bears 36-yard line. Boyd capped off the possession and the first half with a 1-yard rushing touchdown as time expired.

Early in the second half, the Blue Raider defense caused a key turnover when Luke Bowman stripped the ball right out of the hands of Pikeville's Alexander Shelton. Mark Pruitt collapsed on the pigskin at the Bears' 12-yard line for a turnover.

With the short field position, Lindsey Wilson needed just a single play to score, that being Dukes' second passing touchdown, this time to Cole. The Blue Raiders led 28-0.

A few minutes later, the Blue Raider defensive unit once again made big plays. Cameron Thurman forced a fumble on third down. Pikeville recovered only to have punter Joseph Sandorf tackled by Logan Collier on the next play for a twelve yard loss and a turnover on downs.

Taking over at the Bears' 1-yard line, Darius Clark eventually punched the ball in to give the Blue Raiders a 35-0 advantage.

Cole continued to be Dukes' favorite target of the game as the sophomore grabbed another touchdown reception just 43 seconds into the fourth quarter, propelling Lindsey Wilson to a 42-0 lead.

Despite the lengthy lead, the Blue Raiders still had an urge to score. With under six minutes remaining in the game, Kobe Belcher jogged into the endzone for his first collegiate touchdown. The score finalized a 49-0 win for Lindsey Wilson.

Dukes went 20-for-26 for the Blue Raiders (1-0, 1-0 MSC) with 221 passing yards and three touchdowns. Cole received the most attention from Dukes with his team-high eight receptions and 125 yards, the most catches and second-most receiving yards he has ever recorded in a single game.

On the ground, Boyd led the team in rushes with nine and two touchdowns on top of 33 yards, but Belcher tallied the most yards at 41 with an average carry of 5.9 yards.

Defensively, Darius Hylick was the team's top tackler with eight and half of a sack in his first collegiate contest. Latrell Streater added a career-high seven takedowns. Thurman finished with six while Michael Leslie and Peyton Doles had five each. Ben Kalu received the most sacks on the day with one and a half. In total, Lindsey Wilson notched six sacks and 13 tackles for loss.

Altogether, the Blue Raiders accumulated 343 yards of offense and held the Bears to just 80, the fewest amount of yards allowed in a game in program history.

Pikeville (0-1, 0-1 MSC) struggled offensively as the team only accumulated 1.4 yards per play. Quarterback Trevon Wofford was 5-for-11 for 47 yards. Arties Clark was the only Bear to record multiple catches with two for 36 yards. Jamarion Sanders had a difficult day as a ball carrier, mustering just 37 yards over 14 carries for Pikeville.

Lindsey Wilson is now 8-0 all time against Pikeville.

Next up for the Blue Raiders is a meeting at Georgetown (KY) next Friday, February 19, 2021 at 2:30pmCT.

This story was posted on 2021-02-13 09:01:11
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