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Collins graduate Branden Cresap threw for a program-record 460 yards, but that performance went in vain as the 14th-ranked Lindsey Wilson College football team lost, 52-45, at No. 2 University of Cumberlands in a Mid-South Conference showdown Saturday in Williamsburg.
Cresap, a junior quarterback, completed 23 of 46 passes, including five touchdowns against one interception, as the Blue Raiders (5-1, 1-1) endured their first defeat. Lindsey Wilson fell behind, 31-0, before rallying to trim the deficit to 10 points on three occasions, 31-21, 45-35 and 52-42, before Mark Corbett’s 43-yard field goal with 4:22 to play pulled the Blue Raiders to within seven. That was as close as Lindsey Wilson would get, though, as the Patriots ran out the clock.
Fellow Collins graduate Tavis Elzy caught three of Cresap’s passes for 31 yards, including a 20-yarder for a touchdown.
Another Collins alum, sophomore linebacker Michael Brooks, had five tackles, including one for loss.
Also seeing action for the Blue Raiders were sophomore offensive lineman Joseph Fawns, a Collins graduate, as well as junior Edwin Thomas and senior Matthew Page, both Shelby County alums, on special teams.
Lindsey Wilson hosts Kentucky Christian at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Axlines, UT-Martin fall, too
The University of Tennessee at Martin football team, which features Shelby County grad Matthew Axline and Collins grad Ben Axline, fell to visiting Jacksonville State, 41-27, Saturday in its Homecoming in an Ohio Valley Conference game.
The Gamecocks (5-1, 1-1) tallied two touchdowns in the final 5:09 of the first half to break a 10-10 tie with the Skyhawks (3-2, 1-1), who came in ranked No. 22 in the Sports Network Football Championship Subdivision poll. Then they scored back-to-back TDs early in the fourth quarter to pull away.
Matthew Axline started at left guard, and Ben Axline also saw action in the game.
UT-Martin plays at Tennessee Tech on Thursday night.
Eden helps Cards to team title
Shelby County alum Stacey Eden’s 15th-place finish helped the University of Louisville men’s cross-country team to a victory Saturday in the Greater Louisville Classic at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park. Eden covered the 8,000-meter course in 25 minutes, 15.71 seconds, and was one of the Cards’ four top-15 finishers (led by runner-up Ernest Kibet). They finished with 53 points, 28 ahead of second-place Tennessee.
Manley helps Centre to 2nd
Shelby County graduate Michaela Manley helped the Centre College women’s golf team to a second-place finish Sept. 30 in the Rhodes Collegiate Classic. Manley shot 19-over-par 163 (85-78) in the 2-day tourney at Cottonwood Country Club in Tunica, Miss.
The Colonels next play in the Golfweek Division III Fall Invitational, starting Sunday and continuing through Tuesday at the Baytowne Golf Course at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Destin, Fla.