Sports Digest September 12-11

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The Culver-Stockton football team outlasted Evangel University to pick up a 38-35 Heart of America Athletic Conference non-divisional victory Saturday night at Ellison Poulton Stadium.

The victory, the Wildcats’ second straight victory over Evangel and first home victory of the season, improves C-SC to 2-1 overall. Evangel falls to 2-1 overall.

Evangel, which allowed just nine total points in its first two games before Saturday, gave up 28 points in the first half to the Wildcats and trailed 28-21 at the intermission.

After falling behind 7-0, C-SC’s Antonius Hurd returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown to tie the game. It was Hurd’s second kickoff return touchdown of the season.

The Wildcats then got an interception from David Hernandez and he returned 32 yards to the the C-SC 47-yard line. Six plays later Connor Perrine catches a 20-yard touchdown pass from Jace Orndorff to give the hoists a 14-7 lead.

Evangel scored the next 14 points, scoring on a 41-yard run by Bryce Nyumah, and then blocking a punt that helped set up a short field and a seven-yard run by quarterback Dyllan Decker for a 21-14 Evangel lead after one quarter.

The Wildcats got even early in the second quarter when Orndorff found Mateen Johnson with an 18-yard scoring strike. C-SC took a 28-21 halftime lead on a one-yard Jordan Grant run after Aubre Sanders recovered his second fumble of the night after linebacker Pat Robinson forced the miscue by Nyumah.

A 75-yard touchdown run by Nyumah on the first play of the second half notched the score at 28, but the Wildcats answered with a 20-yard field goal by Michael Velasco to give C-SC a 31-28 lead with 76 seconds left to play in the third quarter.

Perrine’s second touchdown catch of the night with 13:25 to play gave C-SC a 38-28 advantage but Evangel responded and cut the margin to 38-35 with 4:46 to play in the game.

Evangel forced a Wildcat punt on the ensuing possession, but punter Maxwell Blaschke pinned Evangel at its own 11-yard line with a 44-yard punt.

Evangel recorded a first down on its first play of the drive, however, the Wildcat defense stiffened and Evangel to turn the ball over on downs with 1:53 to play.

The Wildcat offense totaled 449 yards of offense on the night, including 286 yards on ground rushing. Grant led the way with 145 yards on 21 carries, an average of 6.9 yards per rush.Demarion Cobb added 70 yards rushing on nine carries while Tyler Danzey had 62 yards on 10 attempts.

Orndorff, who had five touchdown passes against MidAmerica Nazarene last Saturday, threw three more against Evangel. Orndorff completed just 15 of his 27 passes for 163 yards. Perrine had six receptions for 58 yards and two scores.

Dalton Huffman, a senior linebacker from Hannibal, Mo., recorded eight tackles to lead the Wildcats. Huffman moved pass former Wildcat Chris Shaul for most tackles in a career and now has 323 total tackles. Shaul recorded 321 tackles from 1998-01.

C-SC is slated to travel to Marshall, Mo., next Saturday to face Missouri Valley College at Gregg-Mitchell Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

The Culver-Stockton women’s soccer team scored a season-high four goals in a 4-2 non-conference victory over Friends University at Ellison Poulton Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Anyssa Prieto notched her first collegiate goal in the 38th minute after she took a pass from Jody Ellis, dribbled in and beat the Falcon goalkeeper.

Ellis made it 2-0 moments later when she converted a free kick from the top of the penalty area. Friends goalkeeper Maria Smyth go a hand on the shot but it deflected off the cross bar and into the net.

The Falcons answered with a goal in the 43rd minute when C-SC goalkeeper Trinity Register, after making a sliding save, tried to throw the ball out to a teammate. However, a Friends player jumped the play and the ball rolled off Register’s hands to Maritza Cabrales who tapped it to Keily Legosee and she one-timed into the net.

Friends gave that goal right back in the first 75 seconds of the second half when a Falcon defender tried to clear a free kick in front of the net, but instead headed it over her own goalie for an own goal.

C-SC’s Angela Lloret added an insurance goal in the 72nd minute before the Falcons registered their second goal in the 82nd minute.

The Wildcats outshot the visitors 12-11 in the game; however, C-SC put five of shots on target while the Falcons managed to put just two of their 11 shots on goal.

The Wildcats (4-1) begins Heart of America Athletic Conference play this Wednesday, Sept. 15, against eighth-ranked Centra Methodist University. Game time is set for 5 p.m. in Fayette, Mo.

The Culver-Stockton women’s volleyball team concluded its weekend at the Evangel Tournament by splitting two matches Saturday at the Ashcroft Center in Springfield,, Mo.

The Wildcats opened the morning session with a 25-20-25-22, 25-16 loss to Tabor (Kan.). It was the second loss to the Blue Jays this season. However, C-SC rebounded nicely in the afternoon session, closing the tournament with a 25-20, 11-25, 25-23, 21-25, 16-14 five set victory over College of the Ozark.

Madison McClain turned in a strong offensive performance in the two matches, registering 29 total kills in the two matches, including 22 kills in the victory over Ozarks. McClain recorded 11 digs in each match, garnering her fifth double-double of the season in the victory over the Bobcats.

Veiauna Herman led the Wildcats with 17 digs in the loss to Tabor. Kyla Ellis and Gabi De Jesus Colon were also inn double figures with 16 and 12 digs, respectively.

Joining McClain in double figures in kills against Ozark was Heleine Filipe who ended the match with 13 terminations. Ali Scott totaled eight kills in the victory.

Defensively, Ellis garnered a career-high 22 digs to lead the Wildcats. Herman (11) and Sarah Wells (12) joined McClain and Ellis in double figures.

The Wildcats, now 4-7 overall, is scheduled to play at defending national champion Missouri Baptist University this Tuesday, Sept. 14, in St. Louis, Mo. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

The Culver-Stockton cross country teams ran in the Fighting Bees Invitational hosted by Saint Ambrose University Saturday morning in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Both teams were unable to field a full team due to injuries and other factors so no team scores were recorded for the Wildcats.

In the men’s competition, Josh French led the Wildcat participants in the 8-kilometer run, placing 44th among the 61 runners competing with a time of 33:47.5. Jared St. Juliana finished 53rd overall with a time of  36:12.0, while Blake Thompson was 60th with a time of 40:24.8.

In women’s action, Hailey Laurich was the top finisher for the Wildcats crossing the line 45th among 51 runners with a time of 30:19.1 in the 5-kilometer run. Jessica Hornberger was 47th overall with time of 30:52.7.

Both teams return to action Sept. 25 at the Viking Invitational at Grand View University. The women’s race is slated for 10:30 a.m. with the men to follow at 11:15 a.m. in Des Moines, Iowa.