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State roundup, Nov. 20: Zach Lewis leads Morehead to 2OT win

Adam Slupski scored on a 3-yard run in the second overtime to lift host Morehead State to a 30-24 victory over Campbell on Saturday.

Former Clay County star Zach Lewis was 32-for-45 for 322 yards and a touchdown pass and ran for another score as the Eagles (5-6, 4-4 Pioneer League) finished the season with two consecutive victories.

Lewis, who set the Kentucky high school record for career passing yards at 13,642 in 2009, scored on a 6-yard run to give Morehead State the lead, but Campbell's C.J. Oates tied the game with a 1-yard run to force the second OT.

Morehead's Blake Stanley forced the first overtime when he scored on a 2-yard run with two minutes remaining in the game.

Slupski finished with 10 catches for 80 yards, and Morehead State was 8-for-14 on third-down conversions.

Eastern Kentucky 17, Austin Peay 3: H.B. Banjoman rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown to lead the host Colonels.

EKU (6-5, 5-2 Ohio Valley Conference) finished the season on a four-game winning streak and went 5-0 at home.

Jeremy Caldwell's 69-yard punt return gave Eastern a 10-3 lead midway through the third quarter. Caldwell, who also intercepted a pass, has returned a punt, a kickoff and an interception for touchdowns this season.

Banjoman's 1-yard scoring plunge extended the Colonels' lead to 17-3 early in the fourth quarter. Eastern Kentucky finished with 200 yards rushing and held Austin Peay (2-9, 1-6), which finished on an eight-game losing streak, to 141 total yards.

The Governors recovered a blocked punt with 8:58 left in the game, but the Colonels stopped them on fourth-and-1 with seven minutes left.

Murray State 28, Tennessee State 23: Casey Brockman threw for 300 yards on 22-for-33 passing and ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Racers at home.

The Tigers (3-8, 0-7) led 14-7 at halftime, thanks to touchdown passes of 20 and 37 yards from Jeremy Perry.

Duane Brady tied the score at 14 on a 4-yard run less than a minute into the second half. Brockman gave the Racers their first lead, 21-14, with a 22-yard touchdown run that capped a 7-play, 68-yard drive.

Perry threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Jason McNair, but a blocked extra point prevented the Tigers from tying the score.

Brockman threw a 68-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Harris to extend the Murray State lead to 28-20 with 13 seconds left in the third.

Division III playoffs

Thomas More 42, Washington and Lee 14: Former Lexington Christian star Domonique Hayden led a punishing ground attack with 187 yards and a touchdown, and the host Saints breezed into the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs.

Thomas More (11-0) piled up 432 yards on the ground and went up 28-14 at the half. Robert Kues, a sophomore out of Newport Central Catholic, added 100 yards rushing, and Kendall Owens had 94.

Ranked No. 10 in the country, the Saints will take on No. 6 Mary Hardin-Baylor (11-0) on Saturday in Belton, Texas, at 1 p.m. EST.

Hayden, a freshman, set a single-game team high in rushing yards for this season. The 5-foot-10 210-pounder has run for more than 100 yards in seven games and has gone past 150 three times. He leads the Saints with 1,181 yards on 204 carries and has scored 16 times.

Hayden needs 100 yards to pass Ryan Reynolds (1,280, 1994) for second on the school's list of single-season rushing leaders. Will Castleberry holds the record of 1,736, set in 2000.

NAIA playoffs

MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 27, Georgetown 24: The host Pioneers outscored the Tigers 17-3 in the fourth quarter and blocked a potential tying field goal in the final seconds to advance to the quarterfinals of the NAIA Championship Series.

The Tigers (8-3) were up 14 with 10 minutes remaining thanks to two rushing touchdowns by quarterback Kaelin Ammons, a former Franklin County star. But MidAmerica Nazarene scored twice on offense and got a safety on a blocked punt in the span of 5:15 to take the lead. The Tigers had a chance to tie with seven seconds left, but sophomore Alex Kreimer's field-goal attempt was blocked.

St. Xavier (Ill.) 66, Cumberlands 19: Anthony Kropp threw for 419 yards and six touchdowns and ran for a score as the third-ranked Cougars cruised in the first round of the NAIA Football Championship Series in Chicago.

The No. 20 Patriots were within one early in the second quarter, but St. Xavier (12-0) scored 52 unanswered points for its highest point total of the year.

Cumberlands started the game with an onside kick and scored three plays later on a 15-yard run by freshman back Terrance Cobb, who had 194 yards rushing and three scores. Cobb, a 5-foot-11, 220-pound Knoxville native, was named Mid-South Conference Offensive Freshman of the Year on Friday. He averaged 79.6 yards a game with 11 TDs.

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