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Second half surge sees Blue Raiders past Thomas More

By Kyle Jackson

The No. 4 Lindsey Wilson football team (5-0, 5-0 MSC Bluegrass Division) remained unbeaten Friday evening after defeating Thomas More (Ky.) 52-20 on their return to Blue Raider Stadium.

Cameron Dukes went 17-of-29 tonight for the Blue Raiders throwing for 306 yards and three touchdowns, connecting with Terrill Cole twice while Jaylen Boyd rushed for 54 yards and two touchdowns. As a team, the Blue Raiders ran the ball for 133 total yards and passed for 324 total yards.

Defensively, the Blue Raiders were led by junior Luke Bowman who had seven tackles on the night including a sack.

Blaine Espinosa went 23-of-44 tonight for the Saints throwing for 271 yards and two touchdowns. Charles Gaines was impressive in the air for the Saints tonight, catching eight receptions for 108 yards and one touchdown. As a team, the Saints ran the ball for 90 total yards and passed for 271 total yards.

Boyd and the Blue Raiders opened up the scoring early into the game with a 79-yard drive that resulted in a 4 yard rush for the 7-0 lead and Boyd's third rushing touchdown of the season. Thomas More answered immediately to going down with a 58-yard drive of their own, passing to Craig Wills for the tying touchdown reception.

The momentum stayed with the Saints into the second quarter when Alexander Haley converted a 29-yard field goal attempt for the 10-7 lead, their first lead of the evening. Lindsey Wilson recovered on offense later in the quarter to retake a 14-10 lead after an 18-yard pass from Dukes found Neufeld in the endzone for the freshman's second career touchdown.

The lead changed for the third time in the game after Gaines caught his fifth touchdown pass of the season and put the Saints back in front 17-14 with about five minutes left in the second quarter. As both teams prepared to enter the locker rooms at the half, sophomore kicker Ian Sauter kicked a 22-yard field goal to tie the game at 17-17, the first time this season the Blue Raiders were not leading a game at the half.

As Thomas More started the second half with possession, the Saints fumbled on the first play of the drive and Cameron Thurman made them pay with a scoop and score to give the Blue Raiders the 24-17 lead. Thomas More scored their first points of the second half after four minutes when the Saints converted a field goal to cut the Blue Raider lead to 24-20.

For the rest of the game, it was all Lindsey Wilson as the Blue Raiders scored four unanswered touchdowns. Boyd scored his second rushing touchdown of the game while Terrill Cole caught back-to-back touchdown passes for a 45-20 lead.

Kobe Belcher got in on the scoring five minutes into the fourth quarter with a two-yard rush to give the Blue Raiders the 52-20 final score and fifth straight win of the season.

The Blue Raiders are back in action on April 1st when they travel to rival Campbellsville (Ky.) in the Battle of Highway 55. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.

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