#5 IWU gets road win over #15 SXU to highlight Week 4
No. 5 Indiana Wesleyan deals No. 15 Saint Xavier their second loss to a top-ranked team in as many games, as the Mideast League finishes 4-2 in MSFA crossover games during Week 4.
#5 Indiana Wesleyan 16, #15 Saint Xavier 15
A late touchdown gave No. 15 Saint Xavier a chance for the upset, but the two-point conversion attempt would come up short and No. 5 Indiana Wesleyan would hold on for the road win, 16-15 over the Cougars.
Both teams would trade first quarter touchdowns, as Indiana Wesleyan’s Dederrian Williams and Saint Xavier’s Justin Pringle would score one-yard TD runs for a 7-7 score after the opening period. The Wildcats (3-0) took a halftime lead after Xander Stokes threw a five-yard TD pass to Levi Tidwell early in the second quarter.
The Wildcats would then earn a safety in the third quarter, following Stokes’ punt downed at the one and a penalty in the end zone committed by the Cougars (1-2). Saint Xavier would get the points back with a safety of their own on the first play of the fourth quarter.
With under five minutes left to play, Saint Xavier took advantage of a short punt, as Stuart Ross completed a 20-yard touchdown drive capped with a 16-yard TD pass to Matthew Chavers. Looking to take the lead on a two-point conversion attempt, the pass would be intercepted to leave the Wildcats with a 16-15 lead.
The Cougar defense would get a stop to regain possession with 2:35 left on the clock, but a late interception by Preston Sykes would seal the win for the Wildcats.
Williams would finish with 121 yards on 32 rushing attempts for Indiana Wesleyan, while Caden Currie led the IWU receivers with 98 yards on seven catches. Pringle made a team-high six receptions for 57 yards to lead the Cougars.
On defense, Ron Carroll led a group of four Cougars with double-digit tackles, finishing with 11 stops, a tackle for loss, and an interception. Drake Deshetsky made nine tackles to lead Indiana Wesleyan.
#6 Marian 45, Olivet Nazarene 14
No. 5 Indiana Wesleyan picked up a victory over their NCAA Division I visitors on Saturday, using a second-quarter rally to defeat Valparaiso (Ind.) 28-21.
The Beacons (0-1) took the first lead of the day after a scoreless opening quarter, finishing a TD drive early in the second for a 7-0 lead. Over the last ten minutes of the first half, the Wildcats (2-0) took advantage of a pair of interceptions and a blocked punt to go into the halftime break up 17-7. Preston Sykes grabbed the first pick, setting the Wildcats up inside the Valpo red zone, allowing Xander Stokes to find Tristen Hayes for an 11-yard TD pass two plays later.
Neil Campbell would nab an interception later in the second quarter, leading to a 29-yard Josh Clifton field goal that put IWU ahead 10-7. After a Beacon four-and-out, Chase Bradman blocked a punt that was converted to a 27-yard TD pass from Stokes to Isaac Smith with just two seconds left in the half.
Valparaiso would rally back in the third with a pair of field goals, but Stokes’ third TD pass of the day pushed the Wildcats lead to 24-13 late in the third. The Beacons converted a field goal early in the fourth, and their TD drive in the closing minutes gave Valparaiso a game-tying two-point conversion opportunity, but the pass would fall incomplete to seal the win for the Wildcats.
Indiana Wesleyan would generate just 225 yards of total offense, but the Wildcat defense claimed six takeaways, including five interceptions to secure the win. Sykes and Campbell each grabbed two picks, while Luke Bays added one along with a team-high 12 tackles. The Wildcats also registered six sacks, led by Caleb Williams’ two and a half sacks on the day.
#17 St. Francis (Ill.) 14, Lawrence Tech 12
Lawrence Tech would out-gain their opponents, generating nearly 350 yards of total offense, but a late two-point conversion attempt would be the difference as No. 17 St. Francis (Ill.) held on for a 14-12 road win.
Vincent Robison connected on field goals from 38 and 25 yards in the first half, but a 65-yard TD run from St. Francis’ Carl Bew would give the Saints (3-0) the lead midway through the first quarter. Scott Tumilty’s TD run in the closing moments of the first half pushed the visitors lead to 14-6 at the break.
The Blue Devils (1-1) would answer on the only score from both sides in the second half, when Alex Osman connected with Jaden Rembert on a nine-yard TD pass. The potential game-tying two-point attempt would be no good, and St. Francis would burn nearly six and a half minutes of clock before the Blue Devils would get one final possession, but Jalen Cooper’s interception would seal the win for the Saints.
Bew rushed for 115 yards and threw for another 102 in the air in his collegiate debut to lead the Saints’ attack. Alex Osman completed 20 of 33 passes for Lawrence Tech, collecting 223 yards on the day, while C.J. Davidson rushed nine times for 108 yards. Jaden Wallace caught a game-high nine passes for 92 yards for the Blue Devils.
On the other side of the ball, Michael White made a game-high 11 tackles to lead Lawrence Tech, along with 1.5 tackles for loss and a half-sack. Kemon Reese was the Saints’ leader on defense, with eight stops and a sack in the win.
Concordia 54, Judson 0
Collecting nearly 600 yards of total offense, No. 21 Concordia looked dominant on Saturday, cruising to a 54-0 shutout over Judson.
The Cardinals (3-0) would find the end zone on seven of their first eight drives, quickly building up a 28-0 lead at the half. Quarterback Gavin Brooks led the way, completing 15 of 19 passes for 209 yards and five TDs. Seeger DeGayner was the top target for Concordia, making a team-high seven catches for 66 yards and three TDs.
Two rushers passed the century mark in the win, as Parker Graham rushed eight times for 110 yards, while Elijah Taylor carried the ball 11 times for 109 yards and a TD.
For the Eagles (0-2), Brandon Mackey led the attack with 122 rushing yards on 17 attempts. Anthony Cathart made a game-high nine receptions for 84 yards.
On the other side of the ball, Bryce Heerey made eight tackles to lead the Judson defense, while Concordia’s Chase Maynard registered 11 tackles with a sack, two tackles for loss, and a forced fumble.
Siena Heights 28, St. Ambrose 14
Elijah Taylor would throw for two TDs and rush for another, while the Saints’ defense held their opponents scoreless through the first half as Siena Heights picked up their first win of the season, a 28-14 victory over St. Ambrose.
The Saints (1-1) struck first midway through the first quarter, taking over after a fourth-down stop from the defense and driving 44 yards before Taylor punched it into the end zone from one yard out.
After the defense recorded a three-and-out the Saints would score again early in the second quarter, on a two-yard TD run from Ethan LoPresto. Siena Heights would stretch their lead further in the second half, with the first of two TD passes from Taylor to Eric Williams II.
The Bees (0-4) found the end zone midway through the third, when Jake Ackman connected with Yemi Ward for a 14-yard TD. St. Ambrose would close out the scoring with an 83-yard drive early in the fourth, capped by a Jeffery Elms two-yard TD run.
Taylor finished with 239 passing yards and a pair of scores, along with 20 rushing yards and a TD. Williams led all receivers with 88 yards and two TDs on five catches. Elms led the attack for the Bees, rushing 19 times for 84 yards and a score. Defensively, Jake Strater finished with a team-high nine tackles for the St. Ambrose defense, while Clarke Hamilton made eight stops with a tackle for loss for Siena Heights.
Roosevelt 42, Madonna 7
The host Crusaders would take an early lead, but Roosevelt rallied in the second quarter and would take over the rest of the way in a 42-7 road win over Madonna.
The Crusaders (0-3) struck first after a short punt and 24-yard return set up Madonna inside the red zone. Five plays later D’Vonta Garrett would punch the ball in from the one yard line to give Madonna the 7-0 advantage.
From then on, the defense took control for the Lakers (2-1), holding Madonna to just six first downs throughout the rest of the game. Carson Budke would throw five TDs to five different receivers in the win, collecting 233 yards on 16 of 23 passing. Tyler Tenner rushed 18 times for Roosevelt, collecting 145 yards on the day to go along with three receptions, 62 yards and a TD.
The Laker defense go to the quarterback for five sacks on the day, and were led by Corties Draper, who finished with seven tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble. Madonna’s Dante Cardinali made six tackles with two tackles for loss, while Nick Miller posted six stops with a forced fumble for the Crusaders.
Dayton 52, Taylor 20
Taylor would fall into an early deficit against their NCAA FCS opponents, falling on the road at Dayton (Ohio), 52-20.
The Flyers (2-1) would jump out to a 24-0 lead midway through the second quarter, before the Trojans (1-3) responded with a pair of scores before the end of the half. Damon Hockett connected with Dakohta Sonnichsen for a 74-yard touchdown pass, before Ja Thomas capped a 79-yard drive with a five-yard TD run.
After having their lead cut to ten, Dayton would quickly find the end zone once more before halftime, pushing their lead to 31-14 at the break, and the Flyers would stay out in front the rest of the way.
Hockett finished with 165 passing yards and a TD, with Sonnichsen leading the Trojans with 91 receiving yards on three catches. Aven Jones led the Taylor defense with ten tackles.