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Football: LWC concludes regular season with trip to Cumberlands

By Kyle Jackson

The No. 1-ranked Lindsey Wilson football team and 2021 Bluegrass Division Champions will conclude the regular season this Saturday when they travel to Cumberlands (KY). Kickoff is set for 12:30pmCT in Williamsburg, KY.

The Blue Raiders (9-0, 6-0 MSC) enter the game after defeating rival Campbellsville University 77-14 at home in the Battle of Highway 55. The game was the third-highest scoring game in program history.

As a team this season, the Blue Raiders are averaging 45.2 points per game, the 5th best average in the country, while also producing 442 yards per game. The offense has gone 70-139 on third down, producing the 2nd best third-down conversion rate in the NAIA.

After the win at the weekend, the offense also ranks 4th in the country at 1st downs per game with 27, 7th in the country in rushing touchdowns at 29, and 7th in the nation in red-zone scores going 41-54.

Cameron Dukes continues to lead the offense with 1,488 yards averaging 212.6 yards per game with 16 touchdowns. Jaylen Boyd also continues to rule the run game with 798 total yards averaging 88.7 yards per game with 9 touchdowns. On the receiving end, Josh Lewis leads the team with 34 receptions for 544 yards and 7 touchdowns.

Defensively, the Blue Raiders rank 3rd in the nation in defensive interceptions with 19 and 2nd in interception return yards with 365 on the season.

Luke Bowman continues to lead the defense with 47 total tackles averaging 5.2 tackles per game while Ben Kalu leads the team in sacks with 3.5. Robert Carter continues to lead the team in interceptions with six on the season.

As for the Patriots (6-3, 3-3 MSC), they enter the match after losing to No. 16-ranked Georgetown (KY) away from home on November 6th in their last outing.

The Patriots are led offensively by Ben Nixon with 1,031 passing yards and 15 touchdowns on the season. Running back Martize Smith leads the team with 548 rushing yards and three touchdowns, while Brandon Stuckey has been the primary target on the receiving end with a team-high 34 receptions for 603 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.

On defense for the Patriots, Adam Caudle leads the team with 60 total tackles while Kendall Adams-Young has a team-high 5.5 sacks this season. Damon Byrnes-Mitchell leads the Patriots with three interceptions.

As a team, the Patriots are averaging 38.1 points per game and 397.4 yards per game.

This will be the 8th all-time meeting between these programs with Lindsey Wilson winning the last meeting 45-10 on February 26th. The Blue Raiders lead the all-time series 5-2.

Live video, audio, and stats will be available for the game.

This story was posted on 2021-11-12 13:55:30
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