THE BATTLE OF HIGHWAY 55 – The 18th ranked LINDSEY WILSON COLLEGE BLUE RAIDERS couldn’t get out of their own way last night until they trailed the CAMPBELLSVILLE UNIVERSITY TIGERS 9-0 with 6:08 left in the 1st Quarter. QB Branden Cresap then led his team to a 21-9 lead on three consecutive possessions. A safety made it 23-9 at the Half. The Tigers, cheered on by their home crowd, made it a 23-22 game and LWC put in backup QB Dylan Beasley. Everything stood at 30-28 at the end of the 3rd Quarter. A 44-40 Blue Raiders lead late in the 4th barely withstood a successfull onsides kick by Campbellsville but 44-40 did indeed hold up as the final score.
THE PAINT BUCKET GAME – Meanwhile, even further west, the VALLEY CITY STATE UNIVERSITY VIKINGS battled the UNIVERSITY OF JAMESTOWN JIMMIES for the Paint Bucket. Though this was the North Star Athletic Association Game of the Week it was a bit of a letdown. The Jimmies held the Paint Bucket after last year’s clash but the Vikings reclaimed it with ease last night. A 7-0 lead after 1 Quarter became 21-0 at Halftime, then 28-0 after the 3rd Quarter. The Jimmies snuck on the board in the 4th and a Field Goal from the Vikings made the final talley 31-7.
MAKING DIVISION ONE TREMBLE – The NAIA’s REINHARDT UNIVERSITY EAGLES had them biting their nails last night as they took on the NCAA’s Division ONE team the Mercer University Bears. Every year NAIA teams upset multiple D2 teams and even pull off the occassional takedown of D1 squads, so a win for RU would not have been unthinkable. As it was they came up just an eyelash short against Mercer, with the final score being 45-42.
ANOTHER NAIA OVER NCAA AFFAIR – In the first of this year’s NAIA vs NCAA Division Three games the NAIA, to the surprise of nobody, came out on top. The NAIA’s CONCORDIA (MI) CARDINALS welcomed D3’s ALMA COLLEGE SCOTS in another round of the rivalry between these two gridiron divisions. The Cardinals dominated on both sides of the ball and hammered the Scots by a score of 30-7.
SHOW THEM YOUR JOHNSON – QB Shawntez Johnson of the UNIVERSITY OF PIKEVILLE BEARS had a record-setting night against the homestanding BLUEFIELD COLLEGE RAMBLING RAMS. Johnson passed for 346 yards and five Touchdowns (one for 90 yards) and ran in a SIXTH TD. After the 1st Quarter the score was Bears 14 Rambling Rams 13 but after that UP laid down the law. The score was 42-20 at Halftime and 62-27 after 3 Quarters of play. Johnson had a seat in the 4th Quarter and in the end the scoreboard registered a 62-40 win for Pikeville.
BLUE DRAGONS COME OUT SCORCHING HOT – The ever-explosive HUTCHINSON COLLEGE BLUE DRAGONS welcomed the BETHANY COLLEGE SWEDES to open their 2014 campaign. Hutch was clicking from minute one and led 14-0 after 1 Quarter and 24-0 at the break. At the end of the 3rd Quarter the Blue Dragon lead had swelled tp 45-0 but the Swedes got a garbage-time Touchdown in the 4th for a final score of 45-7. Hutch’s RB Alvin Kamara rushed for 111 yards and 2 TD’s.
INSTANT CLASSIC DOWN IN MISSISSIPPI – The battle between the homestanding HOLMES COLLEGE BULLDOGS and the HINDS COLLEGE EAGLES was a true Instant Classic in every way! These familiar rivals gave the attendees a night to remember with this apocalyptic back and forth affair. When all the dust had settled the Bulldogs emerged with a 28-21 triumph.
ORDER SIXTY-SIX – The NORTH DAKOTA STATE COLLEGE OF SCIENCE WILDCATS improved to 2-0 on the season despite playing on a short week. Last night they folded, spindled and mutilated the visiting MAYVILLE STATE COMETS. The entire affair ended with a certain Emperor Palpatine feel to it as the scoreboard reflected a SIXTY-SIX to NOTHING final count.
THE EMPEROR JONES – The JONES COLLEGE BOBCATS took it on the road against the NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE RANGERS. These two storied programs exchanged blow-for- blow against each other throughout this gridiron classic. After 4 bruising, black and blue Quarters the Bobcats wound up returning home with a 28-20 victory under their belts.
THE FIFTIES BEATING THE TEENS – The defending national champions – the EAST MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE LIONS – logged a FIFTY-TWO to FOURTEEN road buttkicking against the SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE BEARS. ### And the BUTLER (KS) GRIZZLIES hosted their Jayhawk Conference rivals the INDEPENDENCE COLLEGE PIRATES and sent them home reeling from a FIFTY-SEVEN to SIXTEEN beatdown.
ADDITIONAL BUTTKICKINGS – Last night saw the COPIAH-LINCOLN COLLEGE WOLFPACK dispatch the visiting ITAWAMBA COLLEGE INDIANS in a lopsided 37-13 affair. ### And the mighty MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST COLLEGE BULLDOGS tore apart their guests the NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE TIGERS to the tune of 41-8.
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