ABU wins Cup

OWENSBORO, Ky. — The Alderson Broaddus football team led from start to finish and closed the 2017 season with a 40-28 victory over Kentucky Wesleyan in the third annual G-MAC Founder’s Cup game on Saturday afternoon.

On the opening drive of the game, freshman quarterback Patrick Bentley put AB on top 7-0 with an 11-yard touchdown rush. To start the second quarter, the Battlers capped off an 8-play, 74-yard drive, when running back Jamil Collison-Cofie threw a touchdown pass to tight end Taylor Ball to make it 14-0.

After Kentucky Wesleyan’s David White took a rush 62-yards to the house, the Battlers extended their to lead to 21-7 on a two-yard rushing touchdown from Collison-Cofie. Before the end of the first half, Chauncey Greer caught an 11-yard pass from Mike McGee to cut AB’s halftime advantage to 21-14.

In the second half of play, freshman kicker D.J. Opsatnik connected with a 28-yard field goal to extend the lead back up to double digits, 24-14 midway through the third. After the Panthers scored a touchdown to make it 24-21, AB’s Jermaine Wynn, who has missed the past three games with an injury, caught a 47-yard touchdown pass from Bentley. To close out a back-and-forth third quarter, Ladarrius Dunn caught and eight-yard pass to from McGee for KWC to cut the lead back down to three once again, 31-28.

Early in the fourth, the Battlers took control of the final 15 minutes of play and found pay dirt when Collison-Cofie recorded his third TD of the game, this time a one-yard run, to extend the lead to 37-28 with 14:57 to play. With just under three minutes left, Opsatnik hit his second field goal of the game from 35-yards out to clinch the 40-28 season-ending victory.

The Battler offense finished with 22 first downs to just 13 for KWC and had a balanced attack of 416 yards of offense. Bentley became the third Battler quarterback to win a game this season as he finished 9-of-21 passing for 167 yards and a score. On the ground, Collison-Cofie rushed for 98 yards and two scores Wynn caught two passes for 86 yards and a touchdown.

McGee led the Panther offense with 181 yards passing and three touchdowns while White rushed for 79 yards on the ground and a score.

Out wide, Dunn caught six passes for 138 yards and a score.

Junior defensive end Quade Raley finished with another outstanding performance as the G-MAC’s leader in sacks finished with two and a half sacks, three and a half tackles for loss, and 10 tackles.

Matt Jackson added six tackles and an interception for AB while William Bailey finished with five, and Brandon Lavern had four tackles and two tackles for loss.

Leading the way for the Panther defense was Michael Malone with 10 tackles and two tackles for loss while Ty Martin-Miles finished with 12 tackles and two breakups