WINFIELD, Kan. – The Southwestern College football team came up short in its 2016 home opener Saturday afternoon. The Moundbuilders dropped a 35-7 decision to the Falcons of Friends University inside Richard L. Jantz Stadium.
Southwestern (0-4, 0-3 KCAC) was limited to just 149 total offensive yards in Saturday's contest, and was held without an offensive touchdown in the game. Friends (3-2, 2-1 KCAC) scored in every period, and ran away with the 35-7 victory.
How It Happened…
-Friends struck first on its first possession of the game. The Falcons capped an eight-play, 51-yard drive with a seven-yard touchdown run to take a 7-0 lead with 9:24 still to play in the opening period.
-The Falcons tacked on two more touchdowns in the second quarter. The first came on a six-yard run by standout tailback Jesse Rogers, the other came on a three-yard keeper that capped a five-play, 63-yard drive that gave Friends a 20-0 halfitme lead.
-Friends extended its lead to 28-0 with it capped an eight-play, 75-yard drive with a five-yard run with 3:50 to play in the third quarter.
-Southwestern used the defensive route to score its only touchdown of the game. Marquis Hodge intercepted Friends quarterback Brennan Whitaker, and returned the ball 52 yards for a pick-six. Mario Esparza converted the extra point, and cut the Friends advantage to 28-7.
-The Falcons scored one more touchdown in the fourth quarter. A 13-yard touchdown run gave Friends the 35-7 victory it went on to win by.
Inside the Box Score…
-Sophomore quarterback Christian Gordon was Southwestern's offensive leader in Saturday's game. The Yukon, Okla., native completed 11 of his 28 pass attempts without an interception for 132 yards, and also ran the ball 10 times for 62 yards to finish as the Moundbuidlers' leading rusher.
-Jacob Sigmon, Donny Ebanks and Terrence Franklin were Gordon's favorite targets with two catches each. Sigmon finished the game with 65 yards thanks to a 33-yard reception, while Ebanks and Franklin fiished with 26 yards and 15 yards, respectively.
-Dallas Allen and Dave Matthews anchored the Southwestern defense. Allen finished with 11 tackles (four solo, seven assisted), while Matthews added 10 tackles (two solo, eight assists). David Ashilonu, Ka'Darius McQueen and Tomunci Whitfield each recorded nine total tackles in the game.
-As a team, Southwestern amassed 149 total yards on 51 plays from scrimmage. Friends, meanwhile, ran 78 offensive plays for 411 total yards.
Next Up for the Moundbuilders…
Southwestern will host the nationally-ranked Bluejays of Tabor College Saturday afternoon in its annual Homecoming game. Kick-off is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Beta Rho Mu Field inside Richard L. Jantz Stadium.