Sufficient Lodge-ing pushes Miles past KSU

Jamarius Brown vs. KSU 2021

LaBaron Marks

28

Miles MC 4-4 , 3-2

21

Kentucky State KSUFB 4-4 , 2-2

Score By Quarters
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th F
MC Miles 14 7 7 0 28
KSUFB Kentucky State 0 14 0 7 21

Game Recap: Football |

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Sophomore wide receiver Marcus Lodge had a big day Saturday against Kentucky State, hauling in five catches for a career-high 143 yards and a touchdown as Miles held off the surging Thorobreds 28-21 at Alumni Stadium. The win was the second straight for the Golden Bears (4-4, 3-2 SIAC West), who can now clinch a third consecutive trip to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship game with a win over Tuskegee in two weeks.

While Miles rolled up nearly 500 yards in total offense and did not trail, the Thorobreds (4-4, 2-2) were never out of the contest thanks to several untimely turnovers by the Golden Bears and its own triple-option offense that engineered just enough production to stay within reach.

KSU’s Brett Sylve scored three touchdowns, the final one coming with 5:24 left in the game. But for the second straight week, Miles got the ball late in a game with nearly a third of the quarter remaining and never gave it back. Senior running back Kingston Davis converted on a fourth-and-2 near midfield for a first down and Miles was able to run out the rest of the clock.

The Golden Bears went right down the field on their opening possession. After missing most of the past three games due to injury, junior quarterback Claude Newell, III was sharp on the team’s first drive. He completed three of his first four passes to get Miles inside the KSU 10-yard line. He appeared to have thrown a touchdown pass to Christopher Brown, who stretched out with one-hand to bring in a pass in the corner of the end zone. But after officials ruled it an incompletion, Davis ran the ball in from six yards out to give Miles a 7-0 lead.

After a big kick return put KSU on the Miles side of the field, the defense made its first big play. Freshman defensive lineman Roosevelt Thompson (five tackles) fell on a fumble on the Thorobreds second play from scrimmage to put Miles back on offense. Four plays later, Newell (15-of-24, career-high 280 yards)  threw a laser to Lodge in traffic. Despite being grabbed on his pass route, he caught a 38-yard touchdown pass for a two-touchdown advantage less than seven minutes into the game.

After forcing a punt, Miles, again, moved deep into Kentucky State territory. But Newell fumbled the ball while scrambling and the Thorobreds were able to snuff out the scoring threat. Ka’Darrion Jones (seven tackles, two assisted TFL) would force another fumble on the ensuing series by KSU but Jackson Spradlin missed a 46-yard field goal, which gave KSU another chance.

Sylve (88 yards rushing) scored the first of his touchdowns with 5:59 left before halftime to cut the Miles lead in half. But Newell and Donte Edwards (20 carries, 92 yards) would pace a Golden Bears scoring drive that went 75 yards in nine plays, culminating with a 5-yard touchdown run by Edwards with 1:29 left in the quarter. But aided by a big 34-yard completion – one of just two on the day for KSU – the Thorobreds covered 74 yards in 74 seconds, the last two coming on a touchdown run by Sylve, to trim the Miles lead to 21-14 at the half.

Miles had multiple opportunities to put the game away in the second half. After KSU missed a field goal on the opening drive of the third quarter, Davis went around right end on the next play and broke free for waht appeared to be an 80-yard touchdown run. But a holding penalty brought the play back. Still, Davis would find the end zone for the second time later in the drive on another 6-yard run to push the advantage back to two touchdown.

Thanks to a 66-yard pass from Newell to Lodge – Miles’ longest play from scrimmage this season – the Golden Bears were poised to break the game open. But Edwards lost the football at the KSU 17 and the Thorobreds avoided another potential score. After two big stops by Jones on thrid and fourth down helped Miles get the ball back at the KSU 22, the Golden Bears turned it over again when Davis could not secure the handoff from Newell and lost the ball at the KSU 11.

Davis had 15 carries for 100 yards, his third consecutive 100-yard effort, while adding 44 yards receiving. Brown and Montavious Tinch each had 39 yards receiving. William Hardy had a team-high eight tackles, N’Ktavious Floyd and Mitchell Smiley each had seven stops, and Jamarius Brown had five tackles and a sack for Miles, which travels to play Edward Waters Saturday at 5 p.m.

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