A perfect storm of errors and injuries sends QU football team home with a loss in the GLVC opener
ROLLA, Mo. — While far from insurmountable, the Quincy University football team’s 11-point lead established midway through the second quarter on Saturday night had the Hawks on course for a victory over the road
Then came the perfect storm.
“That’s a good way to describe it,” Hawks coach Gary Bass said.
Special teams errors, a myriad of injuries and a few-you-really-didn’t-seen-missed calls created a vortex the Hawks couldn’t escape as Missouri S&T rallied for a 31 win -24 during the Great Lakes Valley Conference opener at Allgood-Bailey Stadium.
“I was confused,” Bass said.
That’s because the Hawks’ game plan worked most of the time.
They rushed for 152 yards and 4 yards per carry, while limiting the Miners to 52 rushing yards. Quincy (2-3, 0-1 GLVC) had 24 first downs, converted 6 of 19 third downs and 3 of 4 fourth downs and had a four-minute advantage in possession time. Missouri S&T (2-3, 1-0 GLVC) had just 13 first downs and converted just 3 of 13 third downs.
But the one stat that changed everything was return distance.
The Miners racked up 174 total yards on kickoffs and punt returns, which gave them fantastic position on the field and led all six drives to score at six plays or less.
“It killed us,” Bass said. “I will take the blame for this. We have to fix it.
AJ Hardin’s 45-yard touchdown reception and Tremayne Lee’s 13-yard touchdown run gave the Hawks a 14-3 lead midway through the second quarter, and Jalen Lawrence’s 12-yard touchdown reception in took a 21-11 QU lead with 22 seconds to go. the first half.
Missouri S&T took advantage of a short kick and got in position for Parker Boyce to throw a 50-yard field goal as time expired to go 21-14 at halftime.
Then Gideon Niboh’s 47-yard punt return to open the second half changed everything.
The Miners capitalized by scoring on Cameron Smith’s 2-yard run to tie the game. A fumble from Lee on the first play of the next practice put the Miners in QU territory, and Boyce threw a 29-yard field goal for a 24-21 lead.
QU tied the game on Drew Lenzen’s 37-yard field goal, but the Hawks gave up a 59-yard touchdown in which they missed three tackles that gave the Miners the lead with 5:14 left in time. regulatory.
The Hawks were without both starting cornerbacks through injury at that time. They also suffered three injuries along the offensive line and one at the tight end during the game.
“When you deal with injury after injury after injury after injury, you start thinking, ‘Who have we done so wrong? Why is this happening? Said Bass.
QU quarterback Tionne Harris completed 24 of 45 passes for 245 yards with Hardin and Marlin Washington catching seven passes each. Lee finished with 104 rushing yards on 15 carries. Linebacker Peyten Chappel led the QU defense with 10 tackles and linebacker Peyton Plunkett had 3.5 tackles for the loss.
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