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 Lindenwood Falls to. Washburn Recap

In the series history between Lindenwood and Washburn, the games have always been decided late in the fourth quarter. This season's matchup was no different when the Lindenwood football team fell to the Ichabods by a 26-16 score at Hunter Stadium.

The first quarter was a defensive affair with neither team scoring points. Lindenwood's defense picked up the first big victory in the game when Washburn took over for the first time on Lindenwood's side of the field. On a fourth-and-two play from the 22-yard line, Ace Rogers chased down an Ichabod runner on the outside and kept him a yard side of the first-down marker.

Late in the quarter, Lindenwood offense put together one of its longest drives of the young season. Najee Jackson led the Lions on a 13-play, 87-yard drive that ended on the first play of the second quarter when Calen Campbell rushed the ball in from a yard out.

The rest of the second quarter saw the Lindenwood defense dominate Washburn, while the Lions offense moved the ball but couldn't get in the endzone. The Ichabods punted the ball all three times they touched it in the quarter, and they finished the half with just 88 yards of offense.

Lindenwood's offense moved the ball into the redzone twice more in the second quarter. The first time, Travis Spraul kicked a 41-yard field goal, and the second time the team turned it over on downs when its fourth-down play came up one-yard short. Late in the half, the Lions got the ball back with 11 seconds left. A quick pass got Lindenwood down to the 23-yard line, and Spraul kicked a career-long 40-yard field goal to put the Lions up 13-0 at halftime.

Lindenwood's fortunes looked to continue in the second half when Washburn fumbled the opening kickoff, and Orlando Woolens jumped on the ball at the Ichabods' 30-yard line. The Lions moved into the redzone, but once again had to settle for three points from Spraul's leg.

The momentum of the game changed on the next kickoff. Washburn got a big return and needed just 35 yards and six plays to score a touchdown, and the two-point conversion made the score 16-8.

Lindenwood's next drive stalled around midfield, and Washburn's offense kept its momentum going. The Ichabods kicked a field goal with just over a minute remaining in the third quarter, but they took the points off the scoreboard after a roughing the kicker penalty. Three plays later, on the first play of the fourth quarter, the Ichabods tied the game on a one-yard run and their second two-point conversion.

On Washburn's next possession, it got the ball inside the Lindenwood five-yard line. The Lions defense held and forced a field goal which put Washburn up for the first time at 19-16.

The Lions got the ball back with 7:29 left in the game, and Jackson looked for his first fourth-quarter comeback in a Lindenwood uniform. He completed a big third-down pass early in the drive, and several Calen Campbell runs got the ball down to the Washburn 34-yard line. On a third-and-eight play, Jackson found a receiver open down the middle for a big gain. Washburn's defense though didn't give up on the play and forced a fumble on the two-yard line, and the Ichabods recovered the ball in the endzone.

Washburn's offense looked to run out the clock and picked up three big third-down conversions. The final one saw the runner break a 48-yard run for a touchdown, which put the game away as Washburn went up 26-16 with less than a minute left.

The final team statistics were fairly even. Lindenwood had 146 rushing yards and 196 passing yards for a total of 342 yards. Washburn had just six fewer total yards, with 198 rushing and 138 passing. Both teams turned the ball over just once.

True freshman linebacker Drew Seers had a breakout game, making 18 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss. The 18 tackles were the most for a Lion since the NCAA's all-time tackles leader Connor Harris had that same amount against Nebraska-Kearney in 2015. Seers also had a pass breakup on a third-down play in the first half, forcing one of Washburn's punts.

Antonio Davis and Jonathan Harris both had a sack in the game, and Arsante Conners had two quarterback hurries. A.J. Dudley forced the fumble that Lindenwood recovered to open the second half.

Offensively, Jackson completed 17-of-32 passes for 196 yards. He once again did not throw an interception, and has started his Lindenwood career by throwing 79 passes without a pick. Deantrell Prince caught six passes for 116 yards, his second 100-yard receiving game of his career. Campbell led the rushing attack with 63 yards.

Spraul led the special teams with 10 points, including field goals of 34, 40, and 31 yards.


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Falcons Soar to Victory over the Falcons 

SAINT LOUIS – [BOX SCORE] Missouri Baptist was not able to keep pace. University of Wisconsin-River Falls came to St. Louis and put an early dagger into the heart of the Spartan defense thanks to a pair of first quarter touchdowns in a 30-3 Missouri Baptist loss at CBC on Saturday.

Missouri Baptist (0-3) allowed an early score by River Falls on the opening drive as Travon Hearns guided his team downfield for a first quarter touchdown. The 6-5 signal caller put together a nine play, 63-yard drive for the score. Hearns, connected with Trenton Monson for a 16-yard score to make it 7-0, after Angel Bautista’s extra point.

The Falcons made it 14-0 on its next drive, this time on a 73-yard drive, led in part by Michael Diggins. The senior running back rushed for 31 yards in the first quarter alone, along with the second touchdown of the day, and made it 14-0.

Missouri Baptist answered with an early field goal in the second quarter as Isaiah King made his presence felt in his first game back since August 26. The sophomore looked in top form in his return as he helped to put Ethan Metzler in line for a 33-yard field goal to make it 14-3.

The Spartans allowed one more touchdown as Diggins got his second score of the game. The Andover, Minn., native broke free for a 53-yard score and capped-off the scoring for the Falcons in the half to make it 21-3.

After the half, the Spartan defense began to make big stands. Missouri Baptist shut-down the River Falls offense in the third quarter and put itself into a position to get back into the game, but an early score in the fourth quarter put icing on the cake for the Falcons.

Diggins led all running backs in the game with 168 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. Travon Hearns was also lights-out for the Falcons with a two touchdown performance.

Caleb Carver was perhaps the most outstanding player for the Spartans on defense. The junior recorded eight total tackles, one sack and 3.5 tackles for a loss. Dontrail Johnson led the Spartans in total tackles on the day with nine with a half sack to his credit.

Missouri Baptist will play host to Saint Ambrose (Iowa) next Saturday in the final of a three-game home stand. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at CBC.


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Fourth Quarter Rally Lifts Whitewater Past WashU

St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 16, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis football team went toe-to-toe with six-time national champion University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for three quarters before falling 40-21 on Saturday at Francis Field in St. Louis.

Whitewater had its two-game losing streak snapped and improved to 1-2, while WashU dropped to 1-2.

“Our guys played hard, responded to adversity and made plays at the appropriate moments,” said head coach Larry Kindbom. “Whitewater is a good football team, and when its all said and done they got the best of us.”

Whitewater scored on its first three possessions of the fourth quarter to jump out in front 34-14. Warhawk QB Cole Wilber tossed a 43-yard touchdown pass to Mitchell Dees to get the lead back for good at 20-14 with 14:02 to play.

Sophomore quarterback Johnny Davidson was 27-of-42 for 217 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start. Davidson also ran for 32 yards on 22 carries and was sacked nine times.

Whitewater had a 564-249 advantage in total offense and 35:06-24:54 in time of possession. Junior running back Ronny Ponick ran for a career-high 190 yards and a TD, while Wilber was 24-of-37 for 309 yards and three TDs.

Despite gaining just 11 yards in the opening quarter, if was the defense that kept WashU in the game. Senior defensive lineman Garris Goe halted the third drive of for the Warhawks with his first career interception at the WashU two-yard line.

UW-Whitewater drove down inside the 10 on it next possession, but junior defensive back Chandler Elmore picked off Wilber at the eight.

WashU responded with a 14-play, 92-yard drive to tie the contest with 9:37 left in the second quarter. Davidson connected with sophomore tight end Mitchell Groen for an 11-yard TD pass.

The Warhawks had a 282-86 advantage in total offense in the first half, and registered five sacks.

WashU’s defense limited Whitewater to 54 yards in the third quarter, and forced three punts. On WashU’s fourth possession, freshman running back Emmanuel Ebirim capped a 14-play, 69-yard drive with a one-yard TD to make it 14-13.

Junior wide receiver DeAndre Wilson hauled in a 25-yard pass from Davidson with 4:33 left in the fourth quarter to round out the scoring for WashU. Wilson had a career-high eight catches for 97 yards.

Junior linebacker Jake Coon, senior defensive back Nick Doctors and sophomore defensive lineman Jeff Gurley each made nine tackles in the loss.

WashU plays its first road game of the 2017 season on Saturday, Sept. 23, at Wartburg College. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. in Waverly, Iowa.

BEAR NOTEBOOK: Whitewater has won three all-time meetings between the two teams … The Bears have an 18-5 record at home the past five seasons … The nine sacks by Whitewater set a school record … A school-record 1,594 viewers tuned into the broadcast on the Bear Sports Network.