Courtesy: Emporia State Athletics
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – Emporia State took advantage of four Missouri Western turnovers and posted a 30-10 win over the Griffons on Saturday afternoon. Making his first start, true freshman Braxton Marstall was 24 of 38 for 233 yards with two touchdowns and an interception as the Hornets reached 30 points for the first time since a 37-22 win over Lindenwood.
Neither team scored in the first quarter. The Griffons made it into the redzone twice but missed a field goal and A.J. West intercepted a pass in the endzone to end a second quarter threat. Missouri Western got on the board with a 38 yard field goal with 5:28 left in the half. The Hornets responded with a ten play, 75 yard drive capped by a ten yard touchdown from Marstall to Mitchell Foote with 2:01 left for a 7-3 lead. After Deveon Dinwiddie returned an interception 28 yards, Austin Morton hit a 32 yard field goal to send the Hornets to the locker room with a 10-3 lead.
After both teams traded punts to open the third quarter, Deveon Dinwiddie tackled Austin Burau for a loss of four yards on a fake punt deep in Griffon territory. Three plays later Marstall found Jordan Tice for a five yard touchdown pass and a 17-3 Hornet lead with 7:10 left in the third. Missouri Western answered with a seven play, 74 yard drive capped by a 24 yard touchdown pass from Skyler Windmiller to Dee Tolliver to pull within 17-10. Emporia State came back with a 42 yard field goal from Morton to cap an eight play, 45 yard drive and go to the fourth quarter with a 20-10 lead.
The Griffons missed a 41 yard field goal on their first drive of the fourth quarter and the Hornets went on a ten play, 67 yard drive capped by another Morton field goal, this one from 26 yards for a 23-10 lead with 9:13 remaining. Lyndell Johnson iced the game with a 48 yard interception return for a touchdown with 2:19 left that put the Hornets up 30-10.
Marstall connected with six different receivers led by Kavaski Ervin with nine catches for 100 yards and Austin Willis with nine receptions for 72 yards. Antonio Brown gained 64 yards on 12 carries while Kai Callins chipped in 40 yards on 12 carries. Jason Tetuan had a game high ten tackles while Deshawn Dinwiddie had nien tackles and a forced fumble.
The Hornets are back in action next weekend when they travel to Topeka for the 111th edition of the Turnpike Tussle. Kick-off from Yager Stadium in Moore Bowl is set for 1:00 p.m.
Deshawn Dinwiddie leads the MIAA with five forced fumbles in five games played.
Emporia State has outscored their opponents 51-13 over the last six quarters with Braxton Marstall at quarterback.