LEAVENWORTH — The Southwestern College football team completed the 2019 season on a high note Saturday afternoon, defeating Saint Mary 28-10.
The Moundbuilders (5-6, 5-5 KCAC) spoiled Senior day for the winless Spires (0-11, 0-10) while avenging last year’s loss.
Southwestern spotted the Spires a 10-point lead, but one touchdown in each quarter helped the Builders to pull away.
Junior Keyshawn Wyatt was nearly unstoppable, finishing with 187 yards and three long touchdown runs on just 12 carries, averaging 15.6 yards per carry.
CJ Erwin put the Spires on the board with a 23-yard field goal on Saint Mary’s first possession of the game. It was Erwin’s only successful try in three attempts, though — senior Zach Gray blocked a 33-yard attempt with 3:17 left in the first half, and junior Grant Torgerson blocked a 41-yard attempt near the end of the first half.
After holding the Builders to three-and-out following the field goal, the Spires quickly put together an eight-play drive capped by a 19-yard touchdown pass from Troy Temmink to Bryan Barnhart with 4:27 left in the first quarter.
That’s when Wyatt began his big-play crusade.
The 5-foot-5, 165-pound tailback from Dallas, Texas, took a handoff and rambled 52 yards to paydirt.
Wyatt’s second touchdown came midway in the second quarter on a 59-yard run. He needed to go “only” 45 yards for his third score with 6:18 left in the third quarter. Wyatt ended the season just 149 yards short of 1,000 despite missing five games.
Freshman quarterback Yizalle Whitfield capped the scoring with a 25-yard touchdown pass to senior Edrick Gonzales early in the fourth quarter.
Senior Tanner Spencer, a former Arkansas City High School standout, ended his collegiate career with 31 yards on five carries.
CourierTraveler sports editor Joey Sprinkle contributed to this report.
Southwestern 28, Saint Mary 10
SM — FG, CJ Erwin, 23, 11:15.
SM — Bryan Barnhart 19 pass from Troy Temmink (Erwin kick), 4:27.
SC — Keyshawn Wyatt 52 run (Freddy Botello kick), 1:01.
SC — Wyatt 59 run (Botello kick), 8:48.
SC — Wyatt 45 run (Prince Hanks kick), 6:18.
SC — Edrick Gonzales 25 pass from Yizalle Whitfield (Botello kick), 10:54.
3rd Down Conv4-125-15
4th Down Conv0-12-6
Punt Ret-Yards0-01-(minus 5)
Punts No-Avg Yards6-41.83-21.3
Time of Poss22:5536:38
RUSHING — Southwestern, Keyshawn Wyatt 12-187, Yizalle Whitfield 8-49, Tanner Spencer 5-31, Jaquils Coleman 6-26, Edrick Gonzales 1-0, David Roper 3-6, team 1-(minus 1), Zavyar Swain 1-(minus 5). Saint Mary, Matthew Graham 27-146, Troy Temmink 2-12, Jacob Collins 4-9, Bryan Barnhart 1-2, CJ Erwin 1-0.
PASSING — Southwestern, Yizalle Whitfield 3-16-0 63, William Mueller 1-2-0 9. Saint Mary, Troy Temmink 24-47-3 286.
RECEIVING — Southwestern, Grant Newton 1-35, Edrick Gonzales 1-25, Spensirr Howard 1-9, Brooks Shannon 1-3. Saint Mary, Bryan Barnhart 6-124, Bryan Gudka 5-67, Garrett Haskins 4-54, Reece Mettler 5-18, Domingo Dahn 2-15, Matthew Graham 1-5, Jordan Longoria 1-3.
MISSED FIELD GOALS — Saint Mary, CJ Erwin 2, 33 (BK); 41 (BK).