Morehead State falls behind early in loss

Sherrod Evers tied a school record with 10 receptions, including a 31-yard touchdown catch from Erik Cwalinski, as Robert Morris opened an early lead and cruised to a 27-13 win over visiting Morehead State on Saturday.

Evers totaled 159 yards on his receptions, which ties the school record set by Tyjuan Massey in 2005. Cwalinski completed 16 of 27 passes for 225 yards for the Colonials.

Robert Morris (1-0) opened the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run by Jesse Kastelic with 4:33 left in the first quarter.

The Colonials increased their lead to 13-0 with two field goals and Cwalinski's 31-yard touchdown pass to Evers with 0:29 left in the second quarter gave Robert Morris a 20-0 lead at the intermission.

The Colonials scored again with 6:57 left in the third quarter on a 1-yard run by Kastelic.

Morehead State (1-1) scored its first points on a 1-yard run by Michael Kearns with 3:16 left in the third quarter. The Eagles also scored on a 51-yard pass from Evan Sawyer to Nick Feldman with 14:12 left in the game.

McKendree 19, Georgetown 17: Kevin Kinsall kicked a 37-yard field goal with 2:24 left in the fourth quarter and the visiting Bearcats, ranked No. 25 in the NAIA poll, sent No. 16 Georgetown to a loss in its season opener.

McKendree didn't lead in the entire game until Kinsall's late field goal.

Georgetown quarterback Mike Lewis completed 16 of 34 pass attempts for 159 yards. A.J. Brooks rushed for a team-high 79 yards on eight carries, and former Franklin County standout Kaelin Ammons grabbed six passes for 61 yards for the Tigers.

Indiana 45, Murray State 3: Indiana's Marcus Thigpen scored touchdowns on his first two carries, produced five plays longer than 20 yards in the first half and led the Hoosiers to a home rout of Murray State.

Thigpen, a fifth-year senior, ran seven times for 100 yards with scoring runs of 67 and 31 yards in the first quarter.

Murray State was led by quarterback Nico Yantko, who was 16-for-24 for 95 yards and one interception. He was sacked three times before leaving late in the third quarter.

Union 27, Lambuth 21: Mike Brinkley threw two touchdown passes and Terence Pollock ran for 133 yards and a score in the Bulldogs' road win.

Brinkley completed 25 of 40 passes for 194 yards. Both of his touchdown passes went to Kyle Callahan, the second giving Union a 24-7 lead midway through the third quarter.

Kentucky State 31, St. Joseph's 27: Andrew Ramsey ran 25 times for 150 yards and scored three touchdowns and got some help from his teammates to dig out of a 27-18 hole in the fourth quarter.

Kevin Warner scored on an 11-yard run with 11:54 left to cut St. Joseph's lead to 27-24. Anthony Boykins followed with a 5-yard TD run four minutes later to give the Thorobreds the lead for good.

Mars Hill 37, Cumberlands 14: The Patriots stayed close early before giving up 20 unanswered points in the third quarter to drop their season opener on the road.

Kyle King was 2-for-8 passing for 99 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for the Patriots, who trailed 10-7 coming out of halftime.

John Carroll 41, Thomas More 14: The Blue Streaks built a 28-7 halftime lead and Mark Petruziello threw for five touchdowns in the season opener for both teams at Dixie Heights High School.

Thomas More's Colario Collier scored on a 4-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to knot the game at 7, but Petruziello threw four straight touchdown passes and the Streaks scored 34 consecutive points to put the game out of reach.

Kentucky Wesleyan 31, Kentucky Christian 28: Chris Owen threw three touchdown passes, two long ones to Vincent Lalonde, and the Panthers held on in Morehead. Owen completed 20 of 30 passes for 262 yards and Lalonde caught five passes for 144 yards, including scores of 67 and 27 yards.