EMPORIA (ESU ATHLETICS) – The #17 Hornets made sure it was a scary Halloween in Welch Stadium for Washburn as Emporia State scored on their first five possessions on the way to a 47-21 win in the 113th edition of the Turnpike Tussle.
BIG FIRST QUARTER
Emporia State used big plays throughout the day to build their lead. After forcing the Ichabods into a three and out on the first possession of the game, the Hornets drove 97 yards in 14 plays to take a 7-0 lead on Brent Wilson’s 11 yard touchdown pass to Kavaski Ervin. The big play of the drive was a fake field goal on fourth and three from the 25 when Wilson hit kicker Austin Morton for a 14 yard gain.
Another three and out from the Emporia State defense led to a seven play, 83 yard drive capped by a 13 yard pass to Morris Williams II for a 13-0 lead with 5:22 left in the first quarter.
The Hornets posted another three and out and then began a 17 play, 77 yard drive that was capped by a 25 yard field goal from Morton with 13:53 left in the half.
Emporia State had the ball for 10:52 of the first quarter and outgained Washburn 242 yards to 18 yards.
Brent Wilson and Mitchell Foote hooked up on one of the most outstanding plays of the season to give the Hornets a 23-0 lead with 11:46 left in the first half. After Eddie Vinson’s sack and strip of the Ichabods Derek McGinnis was recoverd by AJ West, Emporia State took two plays to get to the Washburn four yard line. On a designed read option run, Wilson pulled up and found Foote in the endzone and the 6-3 receiver went up and hauled in a one handed grab in the back corner for the first of his two TD grabs.
The Hornets would go up 30-0 when West picked off McGinnis on the Ichabods next possession and returned it 59 yards for a touchdown.
Washburn finally got on the board with 6:40 left on a 15 yard TD run by Hayden Groves. After both teams traded punts, the Hornets took over with 2:44 left in the half and went on a nine play, 64 yard drive capped by Foote’s second highlight reel touchdown catch. On first and goal from the two, Wilson again found Foote in the endzone and the junior went up and took the ball away from the WU defender to give the Hornets a 37-7 lead going into the break.
The last really big play of the afternoon for the Hornets was the first play of the fourth quarter. Facing fourth and three from the WU 40 yard line, Wilson threw a backwards to pass to Foote in the left flat and Foote connected with Ervin for a 40 yard touchdown pass.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Foote finished the game with six catches for 54 yards and two touchdowns and was one of one for 40 yards with a touchdown passing.
Wilson was 25 of 36 for 267 yards and four touchdowns while adding 28 yards on seven rushes. He connected with ten different receivers in the game.
Ervin had six catches for 120 yards and two touchdowns while Morris Williams had four catches for 45 yards and a TD.
Antonio Brown had nine carries for 43 yards, three receptions for 33 yards and two kick returns for 56 yards for a total of 132 all purpose yards.
Denzel Strong was the leading rusher for the Hornets with 51 yards on 12 carries.
Emporia State forced four turnovers and held Washburn to 291 yards of total offense with 105 yards coming in the fourth quarter.
AJ West had seven tackles a fumble recovery of ten yards and a 59 yard interception return for a touchdown.
Kole Schankie had five tackles with a tackle for loss, a forced fumble and the recovery.
Brandon Goodman led the Hornets with eight tackles.
The #17 Hornets travel to #2 Northwest Missouri for a nationally televised game with first place in the MIAA on the line. Kick-off from Bearcat Stadium in Maryville, Mo. is set for 6:00 p.m. with game set to be shown live on the American Sports Network