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Football: LWC meets Grand View in NAIA FCS Semifinals

By Kyle Jackson

The No. 1-ranked Lindsey Wilson football team will continue postseason action tomorrow at Parnell Family Stadium, 928 Russell Road, Columbia, KY., when they welcome in No. 3-seed Grand View (IA) in the 2021 NAIA FCS Semifinal. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30pmCT.

The Blue Raiders (12-0, 7-0 MSC) moved onto the semifinal match after defeating No. 12-seed Keiser (FL) in a 54-12 win last Saturday in the NAIA FCS Quarterfinals. Graduate quarterback Cameron Dukes threw for 268 yards and four touchdowns while adding 39 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground to help his team advance to the next round in the playoffs.

Dukes continues to lead the offense with 2,181 yards, averaging 218.1 passing yards per game with 25 touchdowns. Jaylen Boyd leads the run game with 1,103 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns this season. On the receiving front, Joshua Lewis leads the team with 42 receptions for 706 yards and nine touchdowns.

On the defensive side, Luke Bowman leads the team with 66 total tackles averaging 5.5 tackles per game while Brandon Fields and Ben Kalu lead the team in sacks with six. Robert Carter has recorded a team-high eight interceptions while a duo of Bowman and Fields have forced two fumbles.

As a team this season, the Blue Raiders are averaging 46.5 points per game while also producing 5,596 yards of total offense, the fourth highest in the NAIA in each category. The offense has gone 106-199 on third down, producing the best third down conversion rate in the country.

After the win at the weekend, the offense also ranks fourth in the country at 1st downs per game with 26.6, fourth in the country in rushing touchdowns at 40, and second in the nation in red-zone scores converting 52 of 74 attempts.

As for the Vikings (13-0, 5-0 HEART), they enter the game after defeating No. 8-seed Concordia (MI) 31-16 in their quarterfinal match this past weekend. Grand View put up 239 passing yards and 110 rushing yards en route to their third ever FCS Semifinal appearance.

The Vikings offense is led by senior quarterback Johnny Sullivan with 2,407 passing yards and 23 touchdowns on the season. Sophomore running back Ali Scott leads the Vikings with 983 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns this season while senior receiver Bennett Spry leads all receivers with 37 receptions for 467 receiving yards and three touchdowns on the year.

On defense, senior defensive back Drew Boffelli leads the team with 59 total tackles while sophomore linebacker Rocky Schoenfelder has a team-high 6.5 sacks. A pair of defensive backs in junior Felix King and senior David Tolentino lead the team with four interceptions.

As a team, the Vikings are averaging 37.6 points per game and 5,288 yards of total offense per game, the ninth highest in the country. Grand View ranks fifth in the country in yards per rush at 5.3 and in rushing first downs with 164 on the season. The side also ranks third in defensive interceptions with 21 on the year.

This will be the third all-time meeting between these programs as the Blue Raiders won the previous meeting 34-27 in overtime on November 19th, 2016 in the first round of the NAIA FCS.

Live video and stats will be available for the game.

This story was posted on 2021-12-03 13:17:42
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