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Football: LWC wins 50-15 at St. Andrews

By Chris Wells

Laurinburg, NC - A fast start and an equally impressive finish propelled the top-ranked Lindsey Wilson football team to a 50-15 win today over host St. Andrews (NC) at Knights Football Field.

The Blue Raiders (3-0) scored the first 27 points of the game and the final 23 points to cruise to the program's 14th straight win -- matching the program record set over the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

Joshua Lewis and Jaylen Boyd each scored two touchdowns while the Blue Raiders defense produced season-highs with 11 tackles for a loss and three sacks.

Will McDonald orchestrated back-to-back touchdown drives while Ethan Cash led the Blue Raiders to a score during Lindsey Wilson's third series to build a 20-0 lead through the first quarter.

McDonald connected with Lewis on touchdowns of seven and 19 yards to take a 13-0 lead. With his two touchdown grabs Lewis passes Matt Powers to become the all-time leader in receiving touchdowns with his 23rd and 24th touchdowns. Lewis finished the game with seven catches for 110 yards -- his second career 100-yard receiving game. McDonald ended 15-for-18 for 130 yards and two touchdowns.

Cash made the most of his first collegiate completion late in the first quarter hitting Logan Collier down the left sideline for a 52-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 20-0.

While the offense jumped out to a commanding lead, the Blue Raider defense limited the Knights to just 26 total yards in the first 15 minutes. Lindsey Wilson surrendered just 232 yards for the game.

Boyd capped off a fourth scoring drive in the first five drives for Lindsey Wilson with a one-yard plunge to extend the lead to 27-0 with 2:47 left in the first half. D'Mauriae VanCleave set up the touchdown with a 74-yard reverse to the SAU one-yard line. The run was the longest of the season for the Blue Raiders.

St. Andrews (0-4) showed some life late in the half as Austin Wallace hit Kashard Cohens for a 59-yard touchdown and followed with a two-point conversion to cut the deficit to 27-8.

Lindsey Wilson had an opportunity to add to its lead, but a pair of lost fumbles helped keep the Knights within striking distance at the half.

St. Andrews continued its momentum into the third quarter as the Knight defense tipped a ball at the line of scrimmage and intercepted McDonald on the Blue Raiders' first drive of the half. The Knights turned the Lindsey Wilson miscue into a touchdown to pull within 27-15 midway through the third quarter.

Much like in the first quarter, Lindsey Wilson seized control of the game and this time did not relinquish it.

Ian Sauter started the Lindsey Wilson scoring blitz over the final quarter and a half with a 25-yard field goal for a 30-15 lead.

After a defensive stop -- one of five times the Blue Raiders forced a St. Andrews three-out-out -- the special teams got into the scoring column. Dimitrius Patterson blocked a punt and Michael Burdick recovered the ball in the endzone for a 37-15 lead.

The blocked punt was just part of a big day for the LWC special teams. In addition to the block, Lewis averaged 27.7 yards in his three punt returns while both coverage units limited the Knights' return game.

Boyd added a touchdown and Cash connected with VanCleave for touchdowns in the final quarter to give the Lindsey Wilson its 31st 50-point game in the program's history.

Luke Bowman led the Blue Raider defense with eight tackles, including three tackles for a loss. Darius Hylick and Cidney Mills each produced four tackles and a sack while Michael Leslie added his first interception of the season and third of his career.

Lindsey Wilson returns to action at 2:30pmCT on Saturday, October 2, as the Blue Raiders host Cumberland (TN) during homecoming weekend at Parnell Family Stadium.

This story was posted on 2021-09-26 10:00:23
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