PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Saturday’s was the 100th varsity football game in Pikeville College history and it won’t soon be forgotten, but the end result was similar to the rest of the Bears season, the short end of the scoreboard.
Lindsey Wilson (2-4, 1-1 in the Mid-South Conference East Division) pulled out a 59-52 win in the highest scoring game in either team’s history.
The Blue Raiders picked up their first win against MSC competition in their sixth game since resuming the program this season after a 75-year hiatus.
The teams combined for 1,043 yards of total offense and 16 touchdowns, with 15 coming on offensive plays. They also put together some 808 passing yards as the offenses moved up and down the field at will.
Pikeville (0-6, 0-2) also set a record with 30 first downs in the losing effort. The loss spoiled another fantastic effort from sophomore quarterback Trevor Hoskins, who finished 31-of-47 for 400 yards and four touchdowns. In his last two road games, he’s thrown for 895 yards and nine touchdowns with only one interceptions.
Ironically, the scoring began with a field goal, a 28-yard kick by Mark Corbett to put the Blue Raiders on top with 9:05 remaining.
From there, it was all touchdowns.
Freshman Al Mayes scored the first of his three touchdowns on the day with a one-yard keeper out of the wildcat formation. Ryan Wilson, a freshman handling kickoff duties for the injured Mike Heiss, made the extra-point to put the Bears on top 7-3 with 3:48 left in the first.
Before the quarter closed the Raiders regained the lead as freshman Cameron Zuehlsdorf scored on a five-yard run. Corbett’s kick made it 10-7.
Then came the wild second period, which featured an amazing seven touchdowns.
Lindsey appeared ready to run away with the game as Ricky Bowling hit Matt Powers on two touchdown passes, first from seven and then from 74, sandwiched around a four-yard keeper by Greg Young, to give the Raiders a 31-7, with all three scores coming in the opening 4:27 of the period.
Pikeville bounced back, with Hoskins hitting freshmen Jordin Amis from 30 yards out and Thomas Weeks from 26, with the PATs pulling the Bears back within 10 at 31-21 with 4:07 left in the half.
The teams traded scores in the final minute. Bowling hit Victor Moulden from 11 yards out, and the Bears answered on the final play of the half, with Hoskins finding freshman LaRobert Bett from 21 yards out. The game went to the half with Lindsey Wilson on top 38-27.
Each team tacked on a touchdown in the third period. Mayes scored from five yards out with Bowling finding Mauldin from 11 yards out, with Lindsey taking a 45-33 lead to the final period.
Pikeville pulled within five, 45-40, when Mayes scored from 16 yards out at 10:33, but Zuehlsdorf answered with a three-yard run with 6:30 remaining. It appeared over when DeMichael Wallace scored on a seven-yard run with 5:09 left to stretch the lead to 59-40.
But Pikeville got exactly what it needed when Sergio Johnson took the ensuing kick and bolted 91 yards for the score. With 35.8 seconds left, Hoskins hit Weeks again from 32 yards out to pull the Bears within seven.
The Bears then recovered an on-side kick and had a chance, but ran out of time to remain winless on the season.
Bowling was 18-of-23 for 299 and four touchdowns, hitting Moulden and Powers for two scores each. Powers had seven catches for 169, while Moulden caught nine for 106.
Mayes finished with 77 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Amis caught seven passes for 129, with Weeks hauling in eight for 110.
It’s the second time in three weeks the Bears have had two receivers surpass 100 yards in the air.
Pikeville will remain on the road, playing for the final time away from home next Saturday when it visits Georgetown. Lindsey Wilson will host Union College on Saturday, which beat Bethel 84-55 this week.