It was a happy homecoming Saturday afternoon for the Southwestern College football team in a 28-12 victory against arch rival Friends in KCAC action at Richard L. Jantz Stadium.
The Moundbuilders (4-4, 4-3 KCAC) marched downfield on their opening drive, capping the near-three minute march with a 1-yard touchdown run by sophomore Jaquils Coleman.
Friends wasted little time cashing in a turnover to tie the score.
Nick White returned an interception by William Mueller for 20 yards to set up at the SC 15-yard line near the end of the first quarter. Quarterback Javonte Stewart ran in a keeper from the 4 just three plays into the second stanza.
Southwestern quickly answered.
Mueller found Edrick Gonzales on a 44-yard strike to the Friends 15, and senior Brooks Shannon took it in from there on a shotgun keeper.
Friends’ Drake Damon blocked a punt out of the end zone to give the Falcons (1-7, 1-7) a safety with 2:10 left in the first half. Friends then took the free kick on a five-play drive before Nick Navarro booted a 33-yard field goal as the first-half clock expired, sending the Builders into the half with a 14-12 lead.
The big play of the second half came on the first play from scrimmage.
After missing six games with an injury, junior Keyshawn Wyatt took a handoff and broke an 84-yard touchdown run. Wyatt finished with 163 yards on 18 carries, just the third time this season that the Falcons allowed a 100-yard rusher and the most ground yards they have allowed all year.
The Builders scored again on their second possession of the half when freshman quarterback Yizalle Whitfield hit Shannon on a 33-yard touchdown pass.
The Southwestern defense took over from there, shutting out the Falcons the rest of the way. The Builders forced two second-half turnovers, both by way of a fumble, and held Friends to 218 total yards in the game.
The Builders play at 1 p.m. this Saturday at No. 23-ranked Sterling as part of the KCAC ESPN3 Game of the Week. The Second-place Warriors (6-1, 6-1) were on a bye week.
Statistics by CourierTraveler Sports Editor Joey Sprinkle
Southwestern 28, Friends 12
SC — Jaquils Coleman 1 run (Freddy Botello kick), 11:00.
FU — Javonte Stewart 4 run (Nick Navarro kick), 13:56.
SC — Brooks Shannon 15 run (Botello kick), 10:20.
FU — Safety, Drake Damon blocked punt out of end zone, 2:10.
FU — FG, Navarro, 33, 0:00.
SC — Keyshawn Wyatt 84 run (Botello kick), 14:41.
SC — Shannon 33 pass from Yizalle Whitfield (Botello kick), 10:59.
3rd Down Conv4-169-18
4th Down Conv0-20-0
Punts No-Avg Yards9-36.15-46.6
Time of Poss24:1234:39
RUSHING — Friends, Javonte Stewart 11-54, Quincy Brown 10-23, Marshall McShan 7-19, Dan Dawdy 1-2. Southwestern, Keyshawn Wyatt 18-163, Yizalle Whitfield 6-46, Jaquils Coleman 12-32, Brooks Shannon 4-31, William Mueller 2-6, David Roper 4-2, Tanner Spencer 1-(minus 4), Terrell Lightfoot 1-(minus 6).
PASSING — Friends, Dan Dawdy 7-19-0 39, Javonte Stewart 9-19-0 81. Southwestern, Yizalle Whitfield 4-18-0 61, William Mueller 2-6-2 65.
RECEIVING — Friends, Caleb Fink 5-37, Tyson Love 3-30, Michael Evans 2-29, Farres James 1-9, Juan Salazar 1-8, Marshall McShan 3-5, Quincy Brown 1-2. Southwestern, Edrick Gonzales 1-44, Brooks Shannon 2-36, Tanner Spencer 2-29, Terrell Lightfoot 1-17.
MISSED FIELD GOALS — South-western, Freddy Botello, 52 (WL), 45 (WL), 29 (WR).