Sat. Sept. 27, the William Jewell Cardinals faced the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Hardrockers, hoping for a Homecoming game victory at Greene Stadium. With 106 total points scored, Jewell did not give up without a fight; but after a long battle on the turf, the College was left defeated with a score of 44-62.
The first touchdown was delivered by the Hardrockers. The score reached a tie at 7-7 in the first quarter when quarterback Nick West , junior, passed to Anthony Mullins, sophomore, for Jewell’s first touchdown of the game.
The Cardinals and Hardrockers met again to tie at 14-14 as the second quarter began. Homecoming hopes lowered as the Hardrockers slipped into the end zone three times before Staton Rebeck, first-year, drove the ball 16 yards for a touchdown after a pass from West.
After halftime, South Dakota owned the lead of 34-21 and added 14 points to the score board. Jewell did not score until the final quarter began when cornerback Quinlan Riser, senior, snagged an interception and returned it for a touchdown to bring Jewell up to 28 points.
Cardinal Homecoming spirit radiated off the large crowd, which encouraged the Cardinals not to give up the battle. They claimed the end zone twice, while the Hardrockers scored three touchdowns.
West typically is not Jewell’s starting quarterback, yet he held his own with 26-48 for 339 yards with one interception and five touchdowns.
Riser intercepted the ball for Jewell and led the defense with 13 tackles.
A total of 1100 yards was covered throughout the game. The Cardinals claimed 450 yards, and surrendered 674.
Their Homecoming defeat leaves the Cardinals 1-3 in their season. They will host Lincoln University at Greene Stadium Oct. 4 at 6pm.