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Kendell Sparks Breaks LU’s Reception Record But Lions Fall In Season Finale

The Lindenwood football team saw its 2016 season end on a down note on Saturday in Warrensburg, Mo. The Lions fell to No. 24 Central Missouri by a 35-7 margin.

Lindenwood struggled in the first half statistically, but only trailed 14-0 at halftime. The Lions forced two turnovers, one turnover on downs, and stopped the Mules in the redzone at the end of the first half. Central Missouri did have two long touchdown drives in the second quarter for its lead.

Early in the third quarter, Lindenwood had its best chance to get back into the game. Central Missouri missed a field goal on the first possession of the half, and the Lions answered with one of their best drives of the game. They ran 12 plays and got down to the Mules’ eight-yard line. Lindenwood was sacked though on a third-down play, and missed a field-goal attempt to get no points out of its efforts.

Central Missouri used that momentum to score a touchdown on its next drive to go up 21-0. The Mules added two more touchdowns early in the fourth quarter to go up by 35 points. The Lions scored their final points of the season late in the game when Alex Faddoul found DeSean Warren for a 48-yard touchdown pass play.

The Mules’ offense rolled up 634 yards of total offense in the game, with 251 on the ground and 383 through the air. Central Missouri ran 100 plays, had 35 first downs, and it was 12-of-18 on third-down conversions.

Offensively, Lindenwood struggled against Central Missouri’s front line. The Mules had seven sacks in the game and allowed just 26 rushing yards. The Lions threw for 229 yards and finished with 255 total yards of offense.

Connor Harris ended his Lions career with 12 tackles against the Mules, and finished his career with 633 total tackles. He had one tackle for loss, and forced a fumble that Lindenwood recovered. Ricky McCoy had 10 tackles, and Wesley Thomas had nine. Antron Watts had the team’s only sack, and Bakari Triggs recorded an interception.

Warren led the offense with 98 receiving yards and his one score. Kendell Sparks had eight receptions for 80 yards, and he broke Lindenwood’s single-season receptions mark. Faddoul threw for 229 yards, and Aaron Daniels rushed for 44 yards.

Game Notes: Lindenwood finished the season with a 3-8 overall record, and tied for eighth in the MIAA standings … Central Missouri improves to 9-2 on the year … the Lions are now 0-6 all-time against Central Missouri, including a 0-3 mark in Warrensburg … Lindenwood finished the season 0-3 against nationally-ranked teams … Kendell Sparks ended the year with 69 receptions, breaking the school record of 67 which had been held by Rudy Fleming since 2008 … Sparks also finished with 469 kickoff return yards, the second-highest at Lindenwood for a season … Bakari Triggs recorded his sixth interception of the season, tying him for second in the school’s single-season list … Connor Harris’ final career numbers include 323 solo tackles, 34 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, 6 interceptions, 14 pass breakups, three forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries … a total of 18 seniors played their final games for the Lions, including eight on offense, nine on defense, and one on special teams.



ST. LOUIS – In a game that Missouri Baptist desperately wanted to give to their fans, the Spartans put together a brilliant performance and the most thrilling half of football in the short history of the team. The home team from a three-point halftime deficit in a 70-38 win over the Lyon College Scots.

A sloppy first quarter in the penalty department led to the first scores of the day for both teams. The Scots struck just under five minutes into the game. Trey Hawkins completed an eight play, 62 yard drive with an 11-yard touchdown reception to make it a 7-0 Lyon lead.

The Spartans (3-8) answered right back on the ensuing drive. Billy Ritchey got the nod at quarterback and guided the Spartans to an early touchdown thanks in large part to a big reception by Isaiah King. The freshman receiver posted a 26-yard catch down the middle, which help to set-up the first touchdown of the day for the home team. Ritchey found Kalen Petty in the end zone on a 14-yard hookup to make it a 7-7 score.

The two teams traded shots throughout the half as Lyon took a lead and Missouri Baptist continued to answer. After a 10 play, 72 yard drive led by bruising running back Dwane Robinson, the Spartans put their own ball in the end zone. Ritchey fed starting running back Antoryio Barton, and the junior delivered. Barton broke through the line and stuffed a 35-yard rush down the throat of the Scots and tied the game at 14.

Lyon came right back early in the second quarter. With 11:48 on the clock until the half, Michael Bowles busted a 25-yard run to pay dirt to put the Scots back up by a score, 21-14.

Just over two minutes later, on the following drive, the Spartans answered right back yet again as senior Karsten Beney got in on the mix. The tight end found room over the middle and caught a Jordan Norwine pass for a 20-yard touchdown reception to tie the game at 21-21.

Just before the half, the Scots took the lead on a Cade Almond 32-yard field goal, and took a 24-21 lead into halftime.

As the third quarter got underway, Missouri Baptist showed-off its run attack. Thanks to the combined attack of Barton and senior Fred Kelly, Missouri Baptist poked another into the Scots’ end zone. Barton capped the drive with a 5-yard scamper into the end zone to give the Spartans their first lead, 28-24.

Down the stretch of the third quarter, the Scots and Spartans traded shots before Missouri Baptist took its biggest lead. Billy Ritchey put two consecutive touchdowns in the endzone, one on a 21-yard pass, the other for 53 yards, to Isaiah King and grabbed the 42-31 lead on senior day. Missouri Baptist never looked back.

Eddie Calderon picked-off his fourth pass of the year, his first since Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) on October 8, to completely change the momentum of the contest. Malik Kern followed suit on the next Lyon drive on a pick-six, and extended the lead to 56-31 on the way to the lopsided 70-38 win by the Spartans.

Missouri Baptist set a new record for points in a game with 70, their most since posting 45 a year ago at home in a 52-45 loss to Olivet Nazarene (Ill.).

Missouri Baptist finishes the season with a record of 3-8, their best in team history. In the win, Keenan Savage broke the season tackles record at Missouri Baptist and finished with 92 on the year. Isaiah King came just short of 1,000 yards receiving with 983 total yards.


WashU Football Claims NCAA Bid and SAA Title with Win at Chicago
St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 12, 2016 – The Washington University in St. Louis football team claimed a share of the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) title and gained the league’s automatic bid with a 43-34 win at the University of Chicago Saturday. In addition, WashU kept possession of the Founders Cup.

WashU improved to 8-2 and 7-1 in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA), while Chicago ended its season with a 4-6 mark and 4-4 in the SAA.

WashU and Berry College tied for the SAA title, but the Bears claimed the SAA automatic bid in its final season in the conference by virtue of a head-to-head win vs. Berry on Oct. 1 in St. Louis.

“It was a great victory for the WashU football program, and its awesome that 50 of our former players were at the game,” said WashU head coach Larry Kindbom. “It’s a goal every year to play an 11th game. Any time you reach a goal its exciting. They earned it.”

Senior quarterback J.J. Tomlin completed 26-of-36 for 483 yards and tied a school record with six touchdowns. WashU recorded 562 yards of total offense in the win.

Senior tight end Matt Page had a career-high nine receptions for 191 yards and two touchdowns, while senior wide receiver Kevin Hammarlund added eight catches for 166 yards and three TDs. Junior wide receiver Marcus Ramspott had seven receptions for 105 yards and a TD.

Page had a pair of touchdown receptions – a 14-yarder in the first and a 58-yarder in the second – as WashU jumped out in front 14-7. Chicago tallied a score midway through the second as the teams went to half tied at 14-14.

Ramspott hauled in a 52-yard TD pass from Tomlin to knot the score at 21-21 with 6:04 left in the third quarter, and then Hammarlund caught a 4-yard TD to once again tie the score at 28-28.

Hammarlund scored again and then hauled in a two-point conversion to give WashU the lead for good (36-28) with 14:54 to play. Chicago answered right back with a TD of its own, but Chicago QB Burke Moser’s pass was incomplete and kept it a two-point game (36-34).

Tomlin gave the Bears a nine-point advantage after tossing his sixth TD, a 30-yard completion to make it 43-34 with 9:31 to play. WashU outscored Chicago 15-6 in the fourth quarter.

Sophomore defensive back Ben Marcus sealed the victory with his team-leading fourth interception of the season with 1:25 to play.

Marcus had 15 tackles, two interceptions and a half tackle for loss to lead the WashU defense. Sophomore linebacker Jake Coon added 12 tackles, two tackles for loss, an interception and a sack. Coon upped his team-leading tackle total to 100. Junior defensive backs Nate Lowis and Andrew Ralph added 10 tackles apiece.

Chicago ran 123 offensive plays and had a 39:53-20:07 advantage in time of possession. The Maroons totaled 604 yards of total offense, including 455 through the air.

“I am just glad we are competing in each game,” Kindbom added. “We are looking forward to what our fate will be.”

The 2016 NCAA Division III Football Selection Show is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 13, at 5 p.m. (CT). The Bears are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2013 and third in school history.

BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU has won five of the last six meetings with Chicago and leads the all-time series 23-12 … The eight wins are the second most in a single season … The Bears have won five-straight road games for the first time since 2005 … The SAA title for WashU is its first in school history … WashU also secured a share of the 2016 University Athletic Association (UAA) title, its 12th in school history history … Hammarlund set the WashU single-season receiving yardage record (1,249) and went over 100 yards for the seventh-straight game … WashU has outscored its opponents 108-61 in the third quarter.