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Eagles roll past Culver-Stockton

Thursday, November 6, 2008

The Central Methodist University football team racked up more than 450 yards of total offense as the Eagles beat Culver-Stockton College 38-6 Nov. 1.

CMU gained 165 yards on the ground, but finished 18-of-35 passing for 298 yards to give the Eagles 463 yards of offense in the game.

Culver-Stockton finished with 339 yards of offense, but nearly doubled CMU in possession time and ran 33 more offensive plays than the Eagles.

Central Methodist averaged 7.5 yards per play, compared to 3.6 for the Wildcats.

The Eagles grabbed a 38-0 lead, scoring in every quarter, before Culver-Stockton got into the end zone with three minutes, 13 seconds remaining in the game.

Senior running back Justin Gerald (Springfield) scored on a 25-yard carry in the first quarter to give the Eagles the early lead.

In the second quarter, junior quarterback Brock Brockmeier (Kansas City) connected with sophomore wide receiver Alonso Spiller (Moberly) on a 47-yard touchdown pass. Gerald scored again for the Eagles less than two minutes later when he returned a punt 73 yards for a touchdown.

After halftime, sophomore kicker Tyler Padgett (Jefferson City) booted a 42-yard field goal, his longest of the season, through the uprights to give the Eagles a 24-0 lead.

Senior defensive back Tony Ward (Beaumont, Texas) recovered the ball in the end zone after freshman defensive back Brett Fitchpatrick (Wentworth, Mo.) blocked a Culver-Stockton punt attempt. Gerald scored his third touchdown of the game on a five-yard run early in the fourth quarter for the Eagles final score of the game.

Gerald finished with 107 yards rushing and two touchdowns on five carries. He also tallied 115 return yards for the Eagles, including the 73-yard punt return for a touchdown. Brockmeier was 14-of-26 passing for 260 yards and a touchdown.

Spiller recorded five catches for 140 yards, while senior wide receiver Seth Bauman (Warsaw) had four catches for 65 yards and junior wide receiver Kevin Pike (Chula Vista, Calif.) added five catches for 54 yards.

Freshman quarterback Josh Tipton (Lake Mary, Fla.) was 4-of-9 passing for 38 yards and also finished with 40 yards rushing on eight attempts. Padgett was a perfect five-for-five on PAT attempts, while finishing one-of-two on field goal attempts.

Defensively, the Eagles recorded four sacks and 10 tackles-for-losses.

Sophomore defensive back Antonio Brown (St. Louis ) led CMU with 11 tackles. Senior linebacker Trey Neal (Warrensburg) and senior defensive back Chad Smith (Livonia, N.Y.) had nine tackles each, while Ward added eight.

Neal was also credited with 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.

The Eagles will return home for their final home game of the season Nov. 8 against NAIA No. 9 Lindenwood University. Central Methodist will honor its seniors prior to kickoff which is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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