Shelby athletes off to good college starts

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By Josh Cook

The Lindsey Wilson College football team, which has nine players from Shelby County on its roster, scored 21 unanswered points – including 14 after a more-than-3-hour weather delay – to beat visiting Campbellsville, 24-17, in a game that started Saturday night and ended early Sunday morning in Columbia.

Junior quarterback Branden Cresap, a Collins graduate, completed 15 of 32 passes for 211 yards with two touchdowns and one interception to lead the Raiders to victory in their season-opener and the “Battle of Highway 55,” which began at 8:15 p.m. Saturday and ended at 2:28 a.m. Sunday.

One of Cresap’s TD passes was a 77-yarder to former Collins teammate Tavis Elzy, who also finished the game with one tackle.

Also for LWC, sophomore middle linebacker Michael Brooks (a Collins grad) totaled six tackles, senior running back Edwin Thomas (a Shelby County grad) had one carry for 6 yards and senior Matt Page (a SCHS grad) was a holder for kicks.

The Raiders (1-0) play at Reinhardt (Ga.) Saturday night.


Axlines, UT-Martin Beat Chattanooga; Boise State next

The University of Tennessee at Martin football team, which features the Axline brothers, Matthew and Ben, knocked off 24th-ranked Chattanooga, 31-21, last Thursday night in its season-opener in Chattanooga.

Redshirt junior Matthew Axline, a Shelby County graduate who started all 11 games last year, started at left guard. Meanwhile redshirt sophomore Ben Axline, a Collins grad, was the backup at Z receiver.

The Skyhawks (1-0), who are 29th in the latest FCS poll, play at Boise State, which was ranked 19th in the AP and USA Today preseason Top 25 polls before losing, 38-6, to Washington last week, at 3 p.m. Saturday in Boise. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.


Eden Finishes 2nd, Cards finish 2nd

In his first meet with the University of Louisville men’s cross-country team, Stacey Eden, a Shelby County grad who transferred from Kentucky during the summer, finished in second place and helped the Cardinals to a second-place finish last Saturday in the Mid-American Opener in Evansville, Ind.

Eden covered the 6,000-meter course in 18 minutes 28.60 seconds, less than 3 seconds behind the winner, Indiana State’s John Mascari, who won in 18:25.93. 

“I thought it was really positive for him to go out as our top guy,” UofL assistant coach Joe Walker said of Eden.

The Cards finished with 29 points, three behind the Sycamores.

Eden and UofL will next compete in the Bluegrass Cross Country Invitational at 9:30 a.m. next Saturday in Lexington.


Karas makes debut for Xavier

Redshirt freshman Caterina Karas, a former state champion at Collins, made her debut last Saturday for the Xavier University women’s cross-country team.

She was the third Musketeer across the finish line as XU finished fifth in combined score at the Flyer 5K in Kettering, Ohio. Karas covered the course in 20:56.6.

The Musketeers host their Queen City Invitational this afternoon in Cincinnati.