Concordia falls in season opener

2012-08-25T22:00:00Z 2012-08-26T00:25:04Z Concordia falls in season openerBy the Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com
August 25, 2012 10:00 pm  • 

The Benedictine College football team surged past Concordia in the second half to earn a 45-37 victory under overcast skies Saturday afternoon in Seward.

After 18 minutes, Kenny Zoeller had kicked three field goals, two of them over 40 yards, and Concordia held a 9-7 lead over 13th ranked Benedictine.

But the Ravens took advantage of a Concordia miscue soon after that, with Hayden Smith jumping on a fumble in the end zone, to take a 14-9 lead.

The Bulldogs seemed to compose themselves well after that. Quarterback Von Thomas threw a 9-yard pass to Will Cox to take back the lead and set up Concordia's defense for one more possession in the first half. But Benedictine was able to get into field goal range before the break, with Zach Keenan driving a 37-yard kick through the uprights to give Benedictine a 17-16 edge.

The momentum seemed to carry over into the second half for Benedictine. On the team's first drive, Ravens quarterback Bill Noonan found Geoff Akpom for a 45-yard touchdown pass. After a defensive stop, Cameron Fore ran for an 18-yard touchdown on the first play of the Ravens' next possession to make it a two-touchdown game.

After trading fourth-quarter touchdowns, Concordia threatened to pull off the comeback. Thomas ran in a touchdown and converted a pass for two points with ten minutes left to cut the lead to 12 points, then Derek Blessing returned a punt 56 yards to make it an eight-point game. The Bulldogs then decided to go for two and failed. Benedictine held on in the final minute to end the game and Concordia's comeback fell short.

Thomas ran for 72 yards with a touchdown and threw for 157 yards with two touchdowns. He led the the Bulldogs in both categories.

The Bulldogs continue their season with a Sept. 8 home game against GPAC foe Dakota Wesleyan.

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