Roosevelt earns an upset over #7 Concordia, but the Mideast League goes 5-for-8 in MSFA Crossover games in Week 4.
ROOSEVELT 28, #7 CONCORDIA 20
No. 7 Concordia jumped out to a 14-0 lead behind two first-quarter touchdowns, but Roosevelt bounced back with 28 unanswered points to claim a 28-20 upset victory over the Cardinals.
A pair of rushing TDs from Heath Flower and Brandon Stewart gave the Cardinals (1-2) a two-score lead just before the end of the opening period. The Lakers (2-0) responded with a 77-yard TD drive followed by Carlos Conley’s 76-yard pick-six to even the score before the halftime break.
Two third-quarter TD passes from Luke Wilson gave the Lakers a 28-14 lead, and the home team would hold on for the win despite a late TD for the Cardinals.
Tyler Tenner led the Laker offense with 122 yards on 18 carries, while Blaize Griffin made four catches for 95 yards and a TD. Clarence Davis finished with seven tackles to lead the Roosevelt defense.
Gavin Brooks threw for 249 yards, completing 24 of 54 passes for Concordia. Seeger DeGayner made six receptions for 83 yards and a TD. Casey Rauch collected a game-high nine tackles for the Cardinals.
#5 MARIAN 31, ST. FRANCIS (ILL.) 7
After a slow opening quarter, No. 5 Marian would post 14 points in the second quarter and 17 unanswered points en route to a 31-7 home victory over St. Francis (Ill.).
Zach Bundalo’s 11-yard TD pass to Jacob Pressler put the Knights (2-0) on the board, and just before the end of the half, Baron Huebler capped a 65-yard drive with by punching into the end zone from the one yard-line for the 14-0 lead.
Sam Tumilty would get the Saints (0-2) on the board, with a 16-yard TD pass to Daniel Goetsch, but St. Francis would be unable to generate any more scoring drives throughout the rest of the game.
Bundalo collected 195 yards and two TD passes in the win, while Ben Stevens led the Marian receivers with 104 yards and a TD on eight catches. Huebler and Christian Hunter finished with a rushing TD apiece, as the duo combined for over 170 yards. Logan Blake led the defense with nine tackles.
Tumilty completed 12 of 20 passes for 120 yards and a TD. Jason Hartsfield made six receptions for 70 yards, and T.J. Neal collected 11 tackles with a sack for the Saints’ defense.
#13 INDIANA WESLEYAN 34, OLIVET NAZARENE 26
Daniel Weems and Dederrian Williams each rushed over the century mark, as No. 13 Indiana Wesleyan picked up a key crossover win on the road, defeating Olivet Nazarene 34-26.
The Wildcats (1-1) took an early lead on an Ethan Collins field goal in the first quarter, and would lead the rest of the way. Xander Stokes added two TD passes in the first half, giving Indiana Wesleyan a 17-7 lead at the halftime break.
The Tigers (0-2) would make it a one-score game at points throughout the second half thanks to three TD passes from Cameron Couch, but Olivet Nazarene were unable to complete the comeback.
Weems collected 134 rushing yards on 13 carries, while Williams posted 123 yards and a TD on 23 attempts. Jamis Carson led the IWU defense with eight tackles and a sack.
For the Tigers, Crouch led the attack with 296 yards on 18-of-35 passing and three TDs. Brian Jenkins finished with 142 yards and a TD on five receptions. Defensively, Josh Miser made a team-high 13 tackles with a sack.
#20 SAINT FRANCIS (IND.) 51, JUDSON 19
Saint Francis generated over 500 yards of total offense, and 300 yards rushing as the 20th-ranked Cougars took a dominant 51-19 home victory over Judson.
Cameron Peterson rushed for 216 yards and a TD on 33 carries for the Cougars (2-0), while quarterback Heath Simmons completed 23 of 34 passes for 225 yards and four TDs. Nate Talhelm led the Saint Francis defense with nine tackles, and Tamaris Springfield made five stops with an interception.
Christian Miller threw for 177 yards and three TDs for Judson (0-2), as Alex Siebens caught five passes for 51 yards and two TDs. O’Vauntay Vickers tallied 66 yards on seven catches.
On the other side of the ball, three Eagles registered ten or more tackles, led by Trey Sayers (15 tackles, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble), Jontrell Mitchell (12 tackles, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery), and Camren Carter (12 tackles).
SAINT XAVIER 24, SIENA HEIGHTS 21
Siena Heights took the lead with a TD on their first play from scrimmage, but Saint Xavier responded with 24 unanswered points to claim their first win of the season, 24-21 over the Saints.
Following Ryan Minor’s 30-yard TD pass to Sam Cousino, SXU quarterback Stuart Ross led the Cougars (1-2) on a 90-yard TD drive to even the score. Near the end of the first half, Saint Xavier stretched their lead to 17-7 on a 69-yard interception TD return from Kevin Countryman.
Siena Heights would add two fourth-quarter TDs, but another interception from Countryman in the second half would help seal the win for the Cougars.
Ross would finish the day with 191 yards on 22-of-35 passing and one TD. Justin Pringle brought in nine receptions for 61 yards to lead the SXU receivers. Defensively, Ron Carroll finished with a team-high nine tackles.
Minor collected 223 yards and two TDs for the Saints offense, while Kaleb Jefferson rushed for 78 yards on 16 carries. Kole Murlin made 15 tackles to lead the Siena Heights defense.
MISSOURI BAPTIST 44, MADONNA 37 (OT)
Madonna scored a program-record 37 points to force overtime, but in the extra session Missouri Baptist would deny the Crusaders their first win of the season by taking their second consecutive overtime victory, 44-37.
A high-scoring start saw the Spartans (2-1) score on each of their four first-quarter drives, but Madonna posted a pair of TDs themselves to stay in the game and making it a 24-14 game by the end of the opening period.
Another Crusader TD in the second quarter followed by three straight field goals from William Stoyano gave Madonna a 29-24 edge going into the fourth quarter. Missouri Baptist would battle back, behind Darius Morrison’s third TD of the game and a game-tying TD pass from Ashton Strother to Gavin Claud with less than six minutes remaining in regulation.
On 3rd and 3 in overtime, Strother found Kameron Sloan for an 18-yard TD to give the Spartans the lead. As the Crusaders (0-3) looked to even the score, sacks by Jeremiah Austin and Rakweon Ramsey pushed the Madonna offense back and secured the win.
Strother finished the game with 318 passing yards, completing 25 of 35 pass attempts for two TDs. Sloan and Claud each recorded over 100 receiving yards, collecting 129 and 122 respectively. On the other side of the ball, Ramsey led the MBU defense with 12 tackles, six tackles for loss, and four sacks.
Arthur Brantley IV registered 259 passing yards for Madonna, throwing four TDs, and was also the team’s leading rusher with 51 yards on 24 carries. Novell Chestnut made four catches for 141 yards and a TD. Dalen Cobb and Jakel Davis each had ten tackles to lead the Crusader defense, while Cortland Cochran and Jesse Morris each had interceptions.
LAWRENCE TECH 36, ST. AMBROSE 30
Jumping out to a big first-half lead, Lawrence Tech held off three late scores from St. Ambrose to secure a 36-30 crossover victory.
The Blue Devils (1-2) found paydirt on the game-opening, 96-yard drive, then scored again in the second quarter as Kendyl Williams caught two TD passes to give Lawrence Tech a 14-0 advantage. Tyler Kulka’s third TD pass of the first half would give the visitors a 21-7 lead at the break.
Behind Tom Casey’s three TD passes in the fourth quarter, the Bees (0-3) rallied to make it a one-score game with scoring drives of 80, 72, and 57 yards but St. Ambrose would run out of time on the comeback.
Kulka finished with four passing TDs and 316 yards, completing 21 of 30 passes for the Blue Devils. C.J. Davidson rushed for 120 yards on 12 carries, and Jaden Rembert caught eight passes for 104 yards. Mitch Waters made 11 tackles for the LTU defense.
Casey completed 11 of his 26 pass attempts for 284 yards and four TDs. Yemi Ward was the Bees’ top target, with four receptions, three TDs, and 155 yards. Zac Alberts led the SAU defense with 12 tackles and a forced fumble.
TAYLOR 41, TRINITY INTERNATIONAL 19
Over 450 yards of total offense and five rushing TDs was too much for Trinity International to overcome, as Taylor secured a 41-19 win in the battle of the Trojans.
Four different rushers found the end zone for Taylor (3-1), as Brendan Lamb led the offense with 76 rushing yards and a TD on 11 carries. Elijah McCloskey completed 16 of 33 passes for 239 yards in the win, with Hutson Hohlbein leading the Taylor receivers with 87 yards on five catches.
On the other side of the ball, Jacob Hockett and Hojun Yun each finished with 10 tackles for the Taylor defense.
Javier Acosta rushed for 72 yards on 12 carries for Trinity International, while Cameron Jones caught five passes for 63 yards. Lorenzano Blakeney made 11 tackles and Deven Arevalo had eight stops with a sack for TIU.