By TOMMY REZAC
St. Joseph Post
The Missouri Western football team scored on each of their first six possessions and scored 37 second quarter points in a dominating 68-14 win at Lincoln University on Saturday night in Jefferson City.
The Griffons improve to 1-1 overall and the win marks the first for new head coach Tyler Fenwick since he returned to St. Joseph.
Missouri Western racked up 555 total yards of offense, including 260 yards rushing. Starting quarterback Armani Edden did all of his damage in the first half, completing 14-of-19 passes for 278 yards and two touchdowns.
Quarterback Reagan Jones played most of the second half, completing 2-of-4 passes for 17 yards and two touchdowns. Jones also ran three times for 26 yards.
Jared Scott led the effort on the ground with 92 yards on 13 carries and two scores. Jonas Bennett led the team in receptions for the second straight week, hauling in four passes for 51 yards and a score.
Missouri Western was turnover free Saturday after giving up the ball four times in last week's loss to Central Missouri.
On defense, the Griffons forced five turnovers - three fumbles and two interceptions. Taylor Williams snagged a 69-yard pick six in the third quarter.
Missouri Western was outstanding on special teams Saturday. The Griffons blocked two punts, including one that went out of the back of the end zone for a safety in the second quarter.
The Griffons also recovered one of their own kickoffs late in the second quarter, which set up a 23-yard touchdown pass from Edden to Jake Berrey.
Lincoln (0-2) had its moments on offense, finishing with 412 total yards. Quarterback Xzavier Vaughn was 20-of-35 for 291 yards and two touchdowns and an interception.
Receiver Winston Ausmer caught five passes for 124 yards and a score. Aderias Ealy caught six passes for 95 yards and a score as well.
The 68 points are the most by the Griffons in a single game since 2018. This was also the last time Missouri Western will, in all likelihood, play Lincoln for at least a little while.
The Blue Tigers are leaving the MIAA and joining the Great Lakes Valley Conference next season.
Saturday's contest went down as a non-conference game for both teams. That'll be the case for any MIAA team that plays Lincoln in football this year.
Missouri Western stays on the road next week to face Central Oklahoma (1-1). Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. The game can be heard on KFEQ Radio (680, 95.3) with pregame starting at 1 p.m.
Tyler Fenwick interview
Armani Edden interview
Full game broadcast
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