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No. 5 Lindsey Wilson Football moves to 8-0 on season

Blue Raiders continue perfect season with 35-17 victory over Bethel (TN) on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Wildcat Stadium, McKenzie, TN. (STATS). Click on headline for complete story with Coach Chris Oliver YouTube video
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By Charles Balcom LWC Assistant Sports Information Director

MCKENZIE, TN - (Sat 28 Oct 2017) - The Lindsey Wilson football team continued its winning ways with a 35-17 victory over Bethel (TN) on Saturday at Wildcat Stadium.

With the victory, the No. 5-ranked Blue Raiders improve to 8-0 overall and 4-0 in Mid-South Conference Bluegrass Division play. The 8-0 record matches the best start in program history as the Blue Raiders also started the 2016 season with an 8-0 record. Bethel falls to 2-7 overall and 1-4 in Bluegrass Division play with the loss.

Dylan Beasley finished the day completing 26-of-47 passes for 302 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. Jayven Jones led the rushing attack with 104 yards on 14 attempts and one score, his second-career 100-yard rushing game. Mikey Davis topped the receiving core with five catches for 94 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

The Lindsey Wilson defense came through with five takeaways on the day, including a pair of key red zone interceptions.

Both sides struggled to get their offenses going early in the game as the two squads combined for nine punts in the first 30 minutes of play.

After two punts from Bethel and a three-and-out on their own opening drive, Lindsey Wilson was the first to dent the scoreboard on their second offensive possession of the game. Facing a fourth-and-one, Blake Ingleton got loose down the sideline for a 36-yard gain, helping to set up a touchdown pass from Beasley to Jay Gaudlock on a slant route three plays later on third-and-goal to make it 7-0 at the 8:30 mark of the first quarter.

It was tough sledding for both sides the next few possessions as Bethel racked up another three punts and LWC had a punt of their own along with a failed fourth down and long conversion attempt with the Blue Raiders inside the Bethel half of the field, but out of field goal range.

The stingy Blue Raider defense allowed just one first down on Bethel's first five offensive possessions.

Lindsey Wilson doubled their lead early in the second quarter after another successful fourth-down conversion. Charles Gaines hauled in a one-handed touchdown grab on a fourth-and-three from the Bethel 12-yard line to make it a 14-0 game with 11:24 to go before halftime.

Bethel was finally able to put points on the scoreboard with just under five minutes to play in the half. A quality punt return set the Wildcats up deep in LWC territory. Bethel had a first-and-goal from the three-yard line, but the Blue Raider defense turned away three tries for the end zone as the Wildcats had to settle for a 21-yard field goal.

On the ensuing LWC possession, the Blue Raiders suffered the lone turnover of the half after Beasley was stripped of the ball at midfield. Bethel was then able to convert a third-and-10 with a 48-yard pass and two plays later scored on a quarterback draw to cut the deficit to 14-10 with 1:15 to go in the half. It would be the last points the Blue Raider defense surrendered on the day.

Those 75 seconds would be more than enough for the highly-efficient Blue Raider offense as LWC needed just 35 seconds to respond with a touchdown of their own. Beasley completed 5-of-6 passes on the drive, including a 30-yard strike to hit Davis in stride to make it 21-10 at the break.

Just like in the first half, LWC found the end zone on their second offensive possession to start the second half.

Tyrone Stallard converted a third down with a catch-and-run into Wildcat territory. A few plays later, Davis hauled in his second score of the day after a nice catch-and-run of his own, shedding a Wildcat defender off his back and winning the footrace to the end zone for the score to make it 28-10.

Bethel tried to respond with a long drive all the way down to the six-yard line, but a Wildcat pass was picked off in the end zone by freshman Quartez Henderson, who was making his collegiate debut.

Lindsey Wilson turned that turnover into points on the ensuing possession, as the offense capped off a methodical, 11-play drive with an 11-yard rushing touchdown from Jones to make it 35-10 in the third quarter with 1:54 left.

The Blue Raiders came up with their second turnover of the day when Joe Lewis hit the Bethel quarterback and popped the ball loose as Jesurun Obeng recovered it.

Lindsey Wilson came up big with another red zone interception after J.T. Lyon picked off a Bethel pass at the two-yard line, trucked a Wildcat receiver trying to make the tackle, and then ran it all the way into Bethel territory before being taken down by the quarterback.

Three more turnovers occurred on the next three possessions following that interception. Lindsey Wilson fumbled the ball to Bethel, only for the Wildcats to fumble it back to LWC. Bethel would then pick off a Payton Veraldi pass and return it 37 yards to the house for the score, making it a 35-17 game with 4:33 to play.

Bethel went for the ensuing onside kick but the Blue Raiders recovered it and the offense was able to bleed just over four minutes off the clock before turning the ball over on downs with nine seconds to play. Mark Pruitt accounted for the final turnover as he picked off a ball on a deep pass as the clock expired.

This story was posted on 2017-10-28 19:01:14
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