COLUMBIA, Ky. — The fifth-ranked Lindsey Wilson football team got off to
a fast start and never looked back in a 44-15 win over visiting Ave Maria
(Fla.) today at Blue Raider Stadium.
The Lindsey Wilson defense held the Gyrenes (1-1) to just 1-of-9 on
third-down conversions and provided a scoop-and-score touchdown while the
offense tallied 514 yards to move to 2-0 on the season.
The Blue Raider defense forced back-to-back three-and-outs on Ave Maria’s
first two possessions of the game and surrendered just one first down in
the first quarter.
The Lindsey Wilson defense even got into the scoring act.
Damani Jenkins, a former Barren County standout, recorded a strip-sack
and Joe Lewis picked up the loose ball and ran 45 yards for the touchdown
and a 24-0 lead. It is Lewis’ third career touchdown.
Jenkins ended with four tackles, including the sack —
one of four in the game for the Blue Raider defense.
While the defense set the tone, the Lindsey Wilson offense scored a
touchdown on its first drive and a field goal on its second to take a 10-0
Cameron Dukes opened the day’s scoring with a 24-yard scramble for his
first career rushing touchdown. During the drive, Blake Ingleton moved atop
the program’s all-time rushing list with his first carry of the drive.
Ingleton finished the game with 73 rushing yards and a touchdown. He now
sits on top with 1,748 career rushing yards.
Following a second straight Ave Maria forced punt by the LWC defense, the
Blue Raiders used a 16-play, 55-yard drive to take a 10-0 lead. Jared
Daugherty connected on a 23-yard field goal to extend the lead.
Lindsey Wilson continued its hot start in the early stages of the second
Jalen Boyd scored his first career touchdown on the second play of the
quarter, scampering 30 yards to give Lindsey Wilson a 17-0 lead. Boyd
finished with 96 yards on just eight carries in this game.
Two possessions after the strip-sack touchdown, Ave Maria put together its best drive of the game
with an 11-play, 79-yard drive. Sefe Wences scored from the one-yard line
to cut the deficit to 24-7 heading into halftime.
Much like the fast start in the first half, Lindsey Wilson scored on its
first possession of the second half.
Dukes connected with Cam Wyche for a 44-yard touchdown to extend the lead
to 30-7. Ave Maria took advantage of a mishandled snap on the extra-point
try and returned it for a defensive two-point conversion to trail 30-9.
Wyche recorded his second straight 100-yard receiving game, posting nine
grabs for 141 yards. The 141 yards is the sixth highest in the program’s
single-game history. Dukes ended the game 21-of-30 for 253 yards and one
Ave Maria climbed within two scores in the early stages of the fourth
quarter. Quino Mauricette powered in from one yard out to trim the Lindsey
Wilson lead to 30-15. Mauricette ran for a team-high 53 yards in the loss.
Lindsey Wilson responded three minutes later as Ingleton scored his fourth
rushing touchdown of the season from the nine-yard line to give the Blue
Raiders a 37-15 cushion.
Darius Clark tacked on a touchdown in the waning minutes of the game on a
24-yard run to give Lindsey Wilson the 44-15 win.
The Blue Raider ground attack and the stout defense enabled Lindsey Wilson
to finish the game with a 514 to 280 yards advantage.
Trent Mueller paced the Blue Raider defense with 12 tackles. Michael DeLeon
and Mark Pruitt each added eight tackles in the win. Pruitt also finished
with a sack.
Lindsey Wilson returns to action at 6:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, Sept. 15, as
Pikeville (Ky.) visits Blue Raider Stadium.