|Graceland (Iowa) (1-5)||0||7||0||0||7|
|Evangel (Mo.) (233)||0||14||17||7||38|
|Graceland (Iowa)||Indv. Leaders||Evangel (Mo.)|
|#34 Kalem Williams - 18||Rushing||#32 Anthony Riley - 70|
|#4 Preston Compton - 328||Passing||#5 Zeke Kuyawa - 49|
|#6 Caleb Thomas - 95||Receiving||#3 Brady Collier - 60|
|Graceland (Iowa)||Team Statistics||Evangel (Mo.)|
OZARK, MO – Playing against an upper-class dominated Evangel University team, Graceland University football held their own in the first half, but ultimately fell 38-7.
Defensively, Graceland limited Evangel is 96 yards passing and came up with some key stops after turnovers. The Jackets marked six turnovers for a loss, five broken-up passes and one sack. Deion Betts led the team with 10 total tackles, one sack for nine yards and one and a half tackles for 11 yards. Mike Pierre and Askia Harris added eight tackles each. Pierre broke up two passes.
On the other side of the ball, Graceland produced 358 yards of total offense, 328 of which came in the air. Quarterback Preston Compton threw for all 328 yards, completing 33 of 61. Caleb Thomas was the top receiver, totaling 12 catches for 95 yards. David Holland added five catches for 66 yards, as Jaylin McCarty contributed 56 yards on six catches. Jerry Greer caught the Jackets lone touchdown.
"Today was a tough lesson to learn," said Marc Kolb, head coach. "Anytime you play a quality opponent you have to play a full game. Unfortunately, we didn't carry our intensity from the first half into the second half."
Both team's stalled on their opening drives as defenses stood tall. During the Jackets second drive of the first quarter, Preston Compton connected with Caleb Thomas on a 22-yard reception. On a different drive the Jackets saw Jerry Greer catch a 25-yard pass from Compton. Neither team produced a score in the first quarter, as the score remained tied 0-0.
Graceland's defense came up with a stop on fourth and two yards to go to give the Jackets the ball back. Preston Compton connected with Taz Richardson (17-yards), Jerry Greer (15-yards) and David Holland (16-yards) to move the ball to the Evangel 15-yard line. Graceland then scored on a touchdown pass from Compton to Greer. Darnel Uran's PAT sailed through the uprights to take a 7-0 lead.
The Yellowjackets lead didn't last long as the Crusaders evened the score two minutes later with a one-yard rushing touchdown. Graceland's offense connected on a couple nice passing sequences on back-to-back possessions, but turnovers gave the ball back to Evangel. Penalties helped moved the ball down the field on Evangel's final possession of the half. Ultimately, EU took the lead 14-7 with 1:36 to go in the second quarter. Graceland looked to answer on their last drive, quickly moving down the field. The half ended with Evangel in the lead, 14-7.
After the break, the Crusaders scored on the opening drive to move ahead 21-7. On the kick-off return, Graceland lost the ball. With GU's backs against the wall, the Jacket's defense came up with a stop, forcing a field goal (24-7). Turnovers continued to hinder the Yellowjackets, as the Cruaders would count another score to move ahead 31-7 before the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Graceland forced a field goal that was missed. Later in the quarter Evangel scored and went on to win 38-7.
Graceland University will play next on October 14 for their Homecoming game against Benedictine College. The game is slated to begin at 2 p.m.
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