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No. 4, unbeaten Lindsey Wilson Blue Raider football hosts No. 9 Southeastern in NAIA FCS First Round on Saturday
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By Anthony Latessa
News from Lindsey Wilson College

COLUMBIA, KY (Fri 17 NOV 2017) - The No. 4-ranked Lindsey Wilson football team hosts No. 9-ranked Southeastern in the NAIA Football Championship Series First Round at 12:30pmCT, Saturday, November 18, 2017, at Blue Raider Stadium, 928 Russell Road, Columbia, KY.

Lindsey Wilson (10-0, 6-0 MSC Bluegrass Division) received an automatic bid into the national postseason as champions of the MSC Bluegrass. It marks the first undefeated regular season in program history for the Blue Raiders and the longest win streak for the program. Lindsey Wilson is making its fourth all-time postseason and is 2-3 overall, including a 2-0 record at home.

The Blue Raiders clinched the MSC Bluegrass Division title with a 49-28 victory at home against Campbellsville in The Battle of Highway 55 on Saturday. After the score was tied at 14 with under eight minutes to play in the first quarter, the Blue Raiders scored 35-consecutive points. Dylan Beasley completed 26-of-43 passes for 301 yards and five touchdowns, four of which came in the first half. Beasley has now thrown for at least 300 yards 12 times in his career. Charles Gaines led the Lindsey Wilson in receiving with 98 yards on six receptions and two touchdowns. Mikey Davis also hauled in six passes for 60 yards. Allen Cooks, Kolton Bramlett and Corey Smith all caught a touchdown. Jayven Jones scored a rushing touchdown.

Defensively, Trent Mueller and Damani Jenkins led the way for Lindsey Wilson with six tackles each. Jenkins also recorded two tackles for loss and a sack. C.J. Dickerson recorded five tackles with two sacks and a forced fumble.

The Blue Raiders rank second in the NAIA in kick off return yards per attempt (25.8) and second in pass efficiency (178.4). Lindsey Wilson ranks third in third down conversion percentage (53.3) fourth down conversion percentage (70.0) and field goal percentage (.875). They also rank sixth in points per game with 48.4 and seventh in total points (484).

Individually, Jared Dougherty ranks fourth in field goal percentage (.875), Beasley ranks fourth in pass efficiency (173.8) and Allen Cooks ranks fifth in punt return yards per attempt (13.5) and Mueller is eighth in tackles per game (10.2)

Southeastern (8-1, 5-0 MSC Sun Division) earned a bid into the championship field as champions of the Sun Division. The Fire closed out their regular season with a 65-0 victory Ave Maria (FL) 65-0 on Saturday. Southeastern has outscored its opponents 198-19 over its last three games. The Fire racked up 548 total yards of offense while holding Ave Maria to just 114 yards. Jonathan Pearce completed 16-of-25 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns. Kamario Bell ran for 120 yards on 19 carries for three touchdowns.

The Fire rank first in scoring offense per game (55.8), second in rushing offense per game (332.1) , third in total offense per game (551.2) and fourth in fourth down conversion percentage (68.8). Southeastern also ranks ninth in scoring defense per game (18.4), 10th in total defense per game (304.3) and opponent third down conversion (30.4).

Saturday's matchup is just the second between the two teams. Earlier this season on Sept. 23 the Blue Raiders defeated the Fire 43-30. Beasley completed 13-of-22 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns while Blake Ingleton rushed for a career-high 168 yards and scored two touchdowns.

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