My weekend has consisted of football, football and more football! There is not a thing I would change about it either! Saturday morning my day started off by capturing a little league football championship with the team I help coach. They consist of 5th and 6th graders, who fought hard for a 7-0 victory. After that awesome start to the day concluded, I ventured over to Lindsey Wilson College to watch them take on the rival Campbellsville Tigers. It was a great game to watch, even if it was the longest game I have ever been apart of! It was action packed to say the least.
The game started off quickly in favor of the Tigers as Sophomore Jarrod Harrington took the opening kickoff 98 yards to the end zone. The Tigers tacked on the extra point to lead the Blue Raiders 7-0 less than 20 seconds into the contest. Possessions rotated back and forth until the Raiders tacked on a 49-yard field goal by former Marion County Knight Mark Corbett with 3:53 remaining in the opening quarter. The Tigers answered quickly with a 40-yard field goal of their own.
Campbellsville University quarterback Bryan Parnes found Trevon Chatman diving into the end zone to make it 17-3 in the second quarter. As the quarter continued, Lindsey Wilson began gaining some momentum with a long drive of their own. Blue Raider quarterback Branden Crersap found Matt Powers on a 14 yard touchdown pass to cap off the drive with less than a minute remaining in the half. The Tigers led the Blue Raiders 17-10 at the half.
The second half kicked off and neither team could gain an edge or post any points on the scoreboard. Halfway through the third quarter, Travon Montgomery of the Tigers forced a fumble, and the Tigers recovered at the 45 yard line. Moments later, lightning struck and the game was on hold for a 3- hour delay with 8:51 remaining in the third quarter.
The teams waited patiently for the storm to pass, as everyone was instructed to seek shelter. Early Sunday morning, the game resumed at approximately 1 o’clock AM. The Tigers retained possession when play resumed and the Blue Raiders forced a punt. Chris Dobbins returned the punt 67 yards to pay dirt, but the LWC touchdown was taken away by a illegal block in the back. They started their drive with the pigskin at their own 44 yard line with four minutes remaining in the third quarter. The Raiders drove but could not convert inside the red zone as Tiger linebacker Blake Young intercepted a pass at the 1 yard line. CU could not establish any momentum and were forced to punt. A handful of plays later, LWC converted from 77 yards to even the score at 17 a piece with 13 minutes remaining in the game. The Tigers hoped to regain the lead, but failed as the Raiders Shane Fields picked off a pass from Parnes. Minutes later Dakota Brown converted from 15 yards out to take the lead 24-17 for the first time of the night. The Tigers had one last chance to force overtime with 1:23 remaining in the contest and no time outs. Parnes moved his troops down field into Lindsey Wilson territory. The quarterback completed a pass to Neil Wilson with hopes of reaching the end zone and came up short, but a face mask penalty gave them one last attempt at the end zone. Campbellsville failed to convert, giving the Blue Raiders their first victory over the Tigers.