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Southern Drops Football Finale



St. Joseph, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern football team wracked up 300 plus yards of passing offense, but couldn't overcome the high-powered offense of Missouri Western as the Lions fell 63-21 today in the season finale at Spratt Stadium in St. Joseph. 

The Lions (1-10, 1-10 MIAA) were led offensively by TJ Fleeton as the quarterback threw for 308 yards on 27-54. He added a touchdown and ran for another. Will Gregory had 38 yards on the ground, whileCarson Day had nine catches for 85 yards and Jordan Morrison had six for 95 yards. Terrell Crawfordcaught six passes for 73 yards, while Donta' Wilburn had the lone touchdown reception. 

Western (6-5, 6-5 MIAA) quarterback Skyler Windmiller had three touchdowns on 15-27 passing for 280 yards. Raphael Spencer had 22 carries for 128 yards and a score, while Josh Caldwell had 14 carries for 121 yards and two touchdowns. 

Southern trailed 28-0 in the second quarter before Fleeton got the Lions on the board with a two-yard touchdown run to make the score 28-7. That play capped off a nine-play, 67 yard drive that took 1:58 off the clock. A late Griffon touchdown made the score 35-7 at the break. 

The Lions added two scores in the second half, the first coming on a Will-Regory ten-yard rushing score. That drive started as a result of a Terez Norman forced fumble deep inside Western territory. The other score came on a 29-yard touchdown pass and catch from Fleeton to Wilburn. That drive started when Norman again came up with a big play when he recovered a fumble after a Lions' punt to set up the drive inside of the Western 30-yard line. 

Defensively Ryan Solomon led the effort for the Lions with ten tackles, including six solo and a quarterback hurry. Justin Tomlinson had nine tackles and a pass break up, while Chris Goss III andKyjuan Tate had eight stops each. Norman had a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. 

Southern finishes the regular season with a 1-10 record overall and in the MIAA. 

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