Football 41-48 loss

Lawson Holbert, junior linebacker, tackles a Lindenwood University player on Saturday at Welch Stadium. Holbert was one of this week’s player of the week, according to the ESU Hornet Football Twitter account. The Hornets lost 41-48.

The Hornets played Lindenwood University last Saturday at home in a close game resulting in a Lion victory with a score of 41-48.

“We really just didn’t play well for all four quarters,” said Tyler Harris, senior wide receiver.“We had some fight in us in the fourth quarter but really started coasting in the second quarter and then came out a little flat in the third quarter.”

The Hornets started the first quarter with two touchdowns from Landon Nault senior, running back. Nault scored on a third yard pass from Braxton Marstall, senior quarterback, and later a twoyard touchdown with 5 minutes left in the first quarter at 13-0.

The Lions quickly began to catch up in the second quarter, scoring a total of three times, with ESU scoring once, leaving the score 20-21 at the half with the Lions ahead. Starting off the third quarter, the Lions led with a 24-yard touchdown, leaving the score 20-28. With sevenminutes left in the quarter, Lindenwood scored a 25-yard touchdown keeping the Lions in the lead at 20-34.

Nault scored from two yards out to get Emporia back in the game at 27-34. At the end of the third quarter, the Lions scored a touchdown to secure their place in the lead at 27-41 heading into the fourth.

“It was a tough loss on Saturday, but the MIAA is full of good teams that compete hard,” said Clark Schoonover, freshman kicker. “I know that we are yet to play our best football and with a series of tough opponents coming up, there is no better time for that than now. I fully believe that we have a special team that is capable of a lot and our hopes and goals for this season are still very doable.”

To start off the fourth quarter, Lindenwood scored a touchdown within the first three minutes. This brought the score to 27-48.

The Hornets responded with another touchdown and brought the score to 34- 48. The Lions and Hornets battled back and forth with ESU scoring one last touchdown with 45 seconds left.

The Hornets closed the gap to 41-48, but failed to score again for a tie. This resulted in a Hornet loss. The Hornets next game will be against Northwest Missouri State Bearcats at 1:30 p.m. tommorow in Maryville, Missouri.

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