August 29, 2014

Penalties derail the Chiefs in final preseason game as Bray looks to have the upper hand over Murray for third QB spot

Is Aaron Murray the odd QB out in KC?

Is Aaron Murray the odd QB out in KC?

Chiefs third-string quarterback Tyler Bray threw for 116 yards and a touchdown on 8-of-15 passing. Aaron Murray was just 5-of-10 passing for 39 yards as penalties put Kansas City in an early hole, losing to the Green Bay Packers, 34-14.

The Chiefs were flagged 14 times, seven in each half, as the Packers jumped out to a 20-7 halftime lead.

Chiefs running back Joe McKnight added 50 yards and a score on 10 carries in vying for the third-string running back job.  Chiefs receiver A.J. Jenkins made one of the most impressive plays of the night with a diving 45-yard catch. Third-string quarterback Tyler Bray followed on the next play with a 2-yard touchdown pass to Richard Gordon late in the second quarter.

However, the wide receiver position took more hits as Jenkins left with a concussion and Kyle Williams exited with a sprained shoulder.  That along with injuries to Dwayne Bowe and Junior Hemingway leave the Chiefs thin at WR.

“It’s good to get the preseason over and get on with the regular season,” Reid said.

Down 24-7 in the third quarter, Missouri State rallies on the road and shocks the Demons with 27 second half points

After a slow start, Missouri State caught Northwestern State in the season opener. (photo/Gary Hardaman, NSU Athletics)

After a slow start, Missouri State caught Northwestern State in the season opener. (photo/Gary Hardaman, NSU Athletics)

Missouri State overcame a 17-point halftime deficit Thursday night, scoring touchdowns on three straight series coming down the stretch, the last one a 13-yard Kierra Harris to Gannon Sinclair score with 5:15 to go as the visiting Bears stunned Northwestern State 34-27 in a season-opening non-conference football matchup.

After NSU quarterback Zach Adkins passed for 223 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the first half to stake the Demons to 17-point leads on two different occasions, the home team picked up right where it left off to start the second half, as the Demons moved the ball inside the Bears’ 5-yard line, but freshman Colby Isbell stripped Garrett Atzenweiler of the football at the goal line, changing the momentum.  Missouri State drove 97 yards in 14 plays and got back into the game on a 15-yard Harris toss to Eric Christophel.

“We had a bunch of chances to win that game, and it got away from us with mistakes and bad breaks here and there,” said Demons’ coach Jay Thomas. “You have to give Missouri State a bunch of credit for hanging in there, making plays when they had to. We dominated for 2 ½ quarters and didn’t have enough to show for it. They fought hard and turned the game their way.”

After NSU’s Chris Moore booted his second field goal of the game–a 44-yarder–just six seconds into the fourth quarter, Harris went to work through the air this time, hooking up with Burton on a 61-yard pass play that set up the Bears with a first and goal at the NSU 4. Three plays later, Harris took it over the goal line himself to draw the Bears to within 27-21 at the 13:23 mark.

Missouri State covered 69 yards in 12 plays, converting a fourth-and-1 at the NSU 45 on a 4-yard run up the middle by Calan Crowder to keep the march going, and getting the touchdown to the 6-foot-7, 270-pound tight end when the replay official ruled Sinclair stretched the ball across the goalline as he went down with Harris’ pass at the 5:15 mark.  Marcelo Bonani’s fourth consecutive made extra point provided the go-ahead at 28-27.

James Barnes added the punctuation mark on MSU’s memorable comeback by picking off a last-ditch NSU lateral and carrying it into the end zone to account for the final margin.

Kierra Harris matched a career high by passing for three touchdowns, including a 13-yard scoring strike to Gannon Sinclair with just over five minutes remaining in the game to put the Bears on top for good.

The Bears had only 162 yards offensively until taking over after the fumble, but followed their veteran offensive line and Harris’ elusiveness and arm to 256 yards in the game’s last 23 minutes.

Story courtesy of MissouriStateBears.com and NSUDemons.com

SEMO opens Tom Matukewicz era with a blowout win as Missouri Baptist’s new program starts off slow

SEMO QB Kyle Snyder threw for 198 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for two TDs in the Redhawks win over Missouri Baptist (photo/GoSoutheast.com)

SEMO QB Kyle Snyder threw for 198 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for two TDs in the Redhawks win over Missouri Baptist (photo/GoSoutheast.com)

Football fans of Southeast Missouri State and Missouri Baptist were anxious to get their seasons started.  Redhawks fans are excited about their new coach.  Spartans fans are excited about their new team.  The needed to wait a little longer.  The game was delayed a half-hour due to lightning.  Once it started, SEMO brought the thunder.

Southeast Missouri State began the Tom Matukewicz era with a 77-0 rout of Missouri Baptist Thursday night in front of a crowd of 7,143 at Houck Stadium in Cape Girardeau.

The 77 points were the most Southeast scored in a game during its NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision tenure. The last time the Redhawks scored over 70 points was in a 72-3 victory over Quincy in their 2009 season-opener.

Missouri Baptist takes the field for the first time in football (photo/mbuspartans.com)

Missouri Baptist takes the field for the first time in football (photo/mbuspartans.com)

“I was proud of our team and I thought we played well,” said Matukewicz. “It was a great atmosphere tonight and awesome energy. Overall, I liked our execution.”

“Even though the game was out of hand, we never quit fighting,” said Head Coach Jason Burianek. “We gave them as much as we could and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

Southeast had 17 returning starters, 19 seniors and four Football Bowl Subdivision transfers on the 2014 squad. Missouri Baptist, on the other hand, had 61 freshman on the roster.

South Dakota State “Not going to collect a check.  They’re not going to just play a game…they’re going to try to win” (Google Hangout)

Tyler Merriam, the voice of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, said this preseason top 10 FCS football team is coming to Columbia on Saturday with the goal of trying to win a football game.  For head coach John Stiegelemeier, it’s not just a game to collect a payout from and move on.

South Dakota State is coming off a 2013 season in which it made its second straight appearance in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs and third in five years. Missouri State fans are familiar with SDSU, sharing the same Missouri Valley Football Conference.  The Jackrabbits tied a school record for wins in a season en route to a 9-5 overall record and tied for a second-place finish in the Missouri Valley Football Conference with a 5-3 mark.

They’ll present some interesting challenges on both sides of the ball.  The strength of Missouri’s defense in on the line and they thrive on shutting down opposing running backs.  The Tigers get a tough test from senior running back Zach Zenner, who already holds the league record for career all-purpose yards and needs less than 300 yards to set the conference’s all-time rushing mark. Zenner has rushed for 2,000 yards in back-to-back seasons.

With questions about Missouri’s receivers, Merriam says the strong suit of SDSU’s defense is their secondary.  Jimmie Hunt, Bud Sasser and Darius White may be tested.

Watch my Google Hangout with Tyler Merriam

The South Dakota State football roster features six players from the state of Missouri. Two of those players, backup defensive backs Mark Pickerel and Freeman Simmons, will be making a true homecoming Saturday as they are both graduates of Columbia’s Rock Bridge High School.Pickerel is a junior, while Simmons is expected to make his collegiate debut after redshirting during the 2013 season.

Other Missouri natives on the Jackrabbit roster include:
• Jay Carlson, Jr., kicker (kickoffs), Parkville;
• Auston LaBlance, Sr., defensive lineman, Kansas City;
• Andrew Mueller, Sr., offensive lineman, Peculiar;
• Dom Wright, Sr., wide receiver/kick returner, Lee’s Summit

Lead grows in the AL Central as Royals blow past the Twins late with six runs in the 8th

Lorenzo Cain slides past Kurt Suzuki with the tying run in the eighth inning. (photo/MLB)

Lorenzo Cain slides past Kurt Suzuki with the tying run in the eighth inning. (photo/MLB)

The Royals held in check again until the late innings, blew the game wide open with six runs in the eighth for a 6-1 win over the Twins.  Combined with the Yankees knocking out David Price with an 8-4 win over the Tigers, the Royals have a 2.5 game cushion in the Central Division.

Raul Ibanez led off the rally with a blooper to right, and Mike Moustakas beat out an infield hit with a dive to first base. Two batters later, Dyson’s bunt allowed pinch runner Lorenzo Cain to score tying the game 1-1.
Nori Aoki followed with a single to left field to give the Royals the lead, and Butler and Perez added four more runs with a single and triple.

Wade Davis (8-2) pitched a perfect eighth for the win.  The Royals have won 11 of their last 13 at home.

Liam Hendriks made his first start in the majors in nearly two months after coming over from Toronto in a trade.  He retired the first 14 batters he faced, and crusing until Kennys Vargas singled with one out in the seventh.
Oswaldo Arcia followed with a double off the wall to give Minnesota a 1-0 lead.