Lions fall 52-6 at sixth ranked Northwest Missouri

Maryville, Mo.. - In a game that was dominated by sixth ranked Northwest Missouri State, the Missouri Southern Lions fell 52-6 to the Bearcats today in a frigid Maryville where game time temperatures hovered around freezing.

Southern (1-5, 1-4 MIAA) gained 207 yards total on the afternoon with 128 coming on the ground. The Lions were led offensively by Johnny Johnson as the senior had 61 yards on the ground and a touchdown score. Toderick Hunt had 43 yards on the ground, while four different Lions had 12 or more yards through the air.

The Lions' defense was led by 13 tackles (nine solo) from Antwoine Brown. Justin Cowper and Dusty Bratzler had nine each, while Jairius Jarvis had five tackles and 1.5 sacks. Bratzler added a sack of his own, while Nick Teer got in on a sack with Jarvis.

Northwest (6-1, 5-1 MIAA) took the opening snap and drove the length of the field, but the Lions' defense stopped the high-powered Bearcat offense inside the ten and Northwest settled for a 24-yard field goal from Todd Adolf.

After a Lions turnover on downs, Northwest again drove the field and scored, this time a 27-yard pass from Blake Bolles to Jake Soy. A Lions interception led to another score from Bolles to Soy as the duo hooked up on three scores in the first half before Blake Christopher and Soy added another one as the half expired. Northwest scored on six of its seven drives in the first half to take a 38-0 lead into the break.

After the first two drives of the second half stalled for Northwest, the Bearcats picked up a score as Christopher hit Kyle Killgore for a 31-yard pass to make the score 45-0 Northwest.

The Lions then got the ball at their own 34 and drove the length of the field as Johnson capped off an eight-play, 66-yard scoring drive that lasted 2:07 with a three-yard touchdown run, Southern's only score of the day.

Northwest tacked on one more late touchdown as Kelvin Austin rushed for a 15-yard score to make the final tally 52-6.

Northwest had 574 total yards today with 453 through the air. Bolles went 17-22 for 278 yards and four touchdowns, while Christopher was 14-20 for 175 and two scores.

The Lions will be back in action next weekend as Southern plays host to Truman State University at 2 pm in Hughes Stadium.