COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Once the Lindsey Wilson College football team had scored touchdowns on each of its first three drives, it was clear that it was going to be a feel-good day for the Blue Raiders as they rolled past the University of Virginia's College at Wise 48-15 on Saturday in the regular-season finale at Blue Raider stadium.
Lindsey Wilson -- in just its second season of football -- finished off a 7-3 campaign with a 3-2 mark in Mid-South Conference play. The Blue Raiders tied with Campbellsville (Ky.) University for second place in the league's East-Division standings.
On Saturday, it was sophomore Dakota Brown helping to pave the way towards the season-ending win with a program-record 160 yards rushing on 17 carries. Freshman quarterback Branden Cresap was good for the Blue Raiders too, completing 15-of-26 passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns.
UVa.-Wise struggled through the air as freshman Micah Cunningham completed just seven passes for 71 yards and no touchdowns with an interception. Newcomer Tye Marshall replaced him late in the game but fared no better, completing four passes for just 24 yards.
Both of the Cavaliers touchdowns were scored on the ground in the second half as senior Neal Smith gained 22 yards on seven carries with a touchdown and senior Amandre Johnson scored from two-yards out on his only carry of the game.
The most exciting play of the day for UVa.-Wise may have been on a blocked extra point in the fourth quarter as its own junior quarterback Hunter Hoke picked up the loose ball and threw it to Smith in the end zone for the unlikely two-point conversion.
But apart from those kinds of oddities, it was Lindsey Wilson that dominated play for four quarters.
For the game the Blue Raiders outgained UVa.-Wise on offense 494-203, including a 265-95 advantage through the air.
Helping limit the Cavalier offense was a Lindsey Wilson defense led by freshman Eric Shaw with six tackles, including one for a loss. Sophomore Sam Wilson finished with four tackles including a sack and newcomer Conner Berry grabbed the interception which he returned for 29 yards while also tallying three tackles.
Junior Derek Comer gave his best effort to slow the Blue Raiders, finishing with nine tackles, including a sack and three stops for a loss. Johnson -- who had rushed for a score in the game – also found an interception which he returned for 43 yards.
Right off the opening kickoff, the Lindsey Wilson offense was on a mission.
Cresap got the scoring started on the first drive with a 23-yard touchdown pass to Dobbins, followed by a 53-yard pass to Brown on the first play of the next drive to march down to the two-yard line.
From there Brown finished off the score with a quick two-yard scamper to put Lindsey Wilson up 14-0. Not looking to slow down after two successful drives, the Blue Raiders came right back out after the Berry interception and needed just one play to throw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Madon.
Lindsey Wilson led 34-0 at halftime before being outscored by the Cavaliers in the second half 15-14 as it kept the ball on the ground to keep the clock moving for most of the half, closing out the game with a 12-play drive to eat up over six minutes on the clock.