Southwest Baptist University football showed improvement in its 34-9 road loss at Mississippi College Saturday night, Sept. 8. The Bearcats managed 326 net yards on the evening at Clinton, Mississippi.
SBU got off to a good start with an Alec Gathright 36-yard field goal to opening the scoring. The Choctaws scored the next 34 points.
MC (2-0) went up for good with a Kenzie Philips' 36-yard touchdown run with 4:42 left in the opening quarter for a 7-3 lead. The Choctaws scored 10 quick points in the final 16 second of the first half. Ja'Mori Mark found the end zone on a 10-yard run. A Bearcat fumble put the ball right back in MC's hands, where they cashed in at the first half horn with a Drake McCarter 44-yard field goal for a 17-3 lead at the break.
The Choctaws added two more scores in the third quarter. A McCarter 21-yard field goal and Drew Croegaert 54-yard touchdown grab from Detric Hawthorn for a 27-3 MC lead. Mark's second touchdown run of the night came in the fourth quarter, on a 78-yard sprint. The Bearcats capped the scoring with a 14-yard TD pass from Bryse Salik to Connor Ratcliff.
Salik recorded 114 yards on 12-of-19 passing in relief of Dylan Mountain. Mountain had 92 yards on 9-of-17 passing with an interception. Eric Knight led the receivers with 66 yards on 21 catches. Mario Lanier led the SBU rushers with 72 yards on four carries.
On defense, Tyler Curts led the Bearcats with 14 tackles, 10 solo, a half-tackle for a loss. Connor Hicks added eight tackles, six solo, and Quincy Jones Jr. posted six tackles, four solo. Jacob LaSalle had a half-tackle for loss, and tackle for losses were also netted by Tevin Hall and Kevin Momah.
MC finished with 394 net yards, 328 of that figure rushing. Mark led the Chactow rushers with 100 yards on just five carries. Hawthorn had 66 yards on 4-of-5 passing, and Croegaert led the MC receivers with 53 yards on two catches.
SBU (0-2) has the weekend off to prepare for its Great Lakes Valley Conference opener Saturday, Sept. 22, at Lincoln University in Jefferson City. The Blue Tigers are 1-1, after last week's 52-24 road loss at Missouri State University in Springfield.
GLVC standings are available in the Sept. 12 issue and on BolivarMoNews.com.