Football Welcomes the Moundbuilders on Saturday

first_img Southwestern Game Notes Live Audio Drake Game Notes Live Stats Live Video center_img Buy Tickets Story Links DES MOINES, Iowa — The Drake University football team welcomes NAIA member Southwestern College (Kan.) to Drake Stadium on Saturday at 6 p.m.Saturday’s contest is the first meeting between Drake and Southwestern. The Bulldogs opened the season with a tough 77-7 loss to South Dakota last week, while the Moundbuilders came out on the short end of an offensive shootout, falling to Hastings College, 52-35. Fourth-year head coach Rick Fox and his Bulldogs were picked to finish fourth in the Pioneer Football League Coaches Preseason Poll, as they return nine all-PFL performers and 18 student-athletes that started at least one contest in 2016. Fox welcomes back a strong core group, cemented by the team’s four captains, fifth-year seniors Tanner Evans (DL), Ryan Lemke (OL) and Payson Wick (OL) and senior Nathan Clayberg (OL). The Bulldog ground game ran by committee in the season opener with senior Tyler Updegraff and sophomores Taylor Murph and Isaiah Skinner getting call. Updegraff scored his first collegiate touchdown, while Murph and Skinner both made their collegiate debuts. Fifth-year senior Mack Marrin battled through injury most of last season and is looking like he is getting back to his 2015 form when he posted a league-best 8.5 sacks among 12.5 tackles for a loss and earned first-team all-PFL honors. Last week, Marrin recorded four tackles, half a sack and a pass breakup. Southwestern begins year three under head coach Brad Griffin and welcomes nearly 70 new athletes. The Moundbuilders young squad is led by freshman running back Keyshawn Wyatt. In his collegiate debut, Wyatt recorded a game-high 128 yards rushing on 14 carries. Junior quarterback Christian Gordon accounted for all five of SC’s touchdowns in its season opener and also racked up 254 yards of total offense (186 passing, 68 rushing). Senior linebacker David Ashilonu leads the Southwestern defense, as he registered a team-high 12 tackles last week. Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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