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'Battle of Highway 55' goes to Lindsey Wilson after first ever football win at Campbellsville

Lindsey Wilson won the Battle for Highway 55, defeating Campbellsville on the road for the first time in program history (Photo from Lindsey Wilson Athletics)

Lindsey Wilson won the Battle for Highway 55, defeating Campbellsville on the road for the first time in program history (Photo from Lindsey Wilson Athletics)


No. 18 Lindsey Wilson withstood a fierce second-half rally by host Campbellsville to secure a 44-40 victory over the Tigers on Thursday evening at Ron Finley Stadium.

The win gave the Blue Raiders bragging rights in the Battle of Highway 55 rivalry game between the two schools. It marks the second year in a row Lindsey Wilson has claimed the trophy and the program’s first-ever victory at Campbellsville.

The Blue Raiders received the opening kickoff and moved the ball seamlessly down the field before a fumble at the 10-yard line rolled into the end zone was recovered by the Tigers for a touchback.

Following the fumble, Campbellsville put together an eight play, 80-yard drive to score the first points of the game and take a 6-0 lead after a missed extra point attempt.

After a Blue Raider miscue gave Campbellsville the ball deep in Lindsey Wilson territory, the Blue Raider defense held strong and kept the Tigers to a field goal for a 9-0 lead at the 6:08 mark in the first quarter.

Lindsey Wilson settled in and senior quarterback Branden Cresap marched the Blue Raiders down the field on the next three possessions, all ending with a touchdown toss. Chaz Barnes, Cortez Barber and Hunter Lovell all with the scoring grabs.

In the second half, the Blue Raiders (1-0) saw the Tigers (0-1) claw their way back into the contest after a 97-yard touchdown pass and a 32-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown cut the lead to 23-22. Cresap was forced to exit the game and Dylan Beasley entered the game for the first time in his collegiate career.

Beasley calmly led the Blue Raiders down the field before tossing a 13-yard touchdown pass to Tavis Elzy to bring the lead to eight at 30-22.

The Tigers answered right back with a touchdown toss of their own, but failed to convert a two-point attempt leaving the Blue Raiders with a slim 30-28 lead with 2:55 to play in the third quarter.

Beasley once again marched the offense down the field before throwing another touchdown to Elzy for the 37-28 lead with 12:46 to go in the fourth.

After the ensuing kickoff, the Lindsey Wilson defense stripped the Tiger offense and Jeremy Bolden picked up the ball and took it in for a 10-yard defensive score.

Campbellsville scored with 5:17 remaining to bring the score to 44-34 after another failed two-point conversion. The Tigers would score again with 1:44 to play to bring it to 44-40, but the onside kick attempt went directly to Emilio Gonzalez who safely covered the ball. The Blue Raiders were then able to run out the clock and secure the 44-40 victory.

Blue Raider starting quarterback Cresap had 215 passing yards on 16-of-21 attempts with three touchdowns before exiting the game. Barber caught five passes for 112 yards and a touchdown, and Elzy finished with seven receptions for 80 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

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For the Tigers, Jacob Russell threw for a game-high 414 yards and five touchdowns despite being dropped behind the line of scrimmage six times. Trevon Chatman hauled in game-high 12 receptions for 154 yards and three scores, and Demytreus Gipson had three catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns, including the 97-yard score in the third quarter.

Lindsey Wilson returns to action in its home opener on Saturday, Sept. 6, when Reinhardt (Ga.) University pays Blue Raider Stadium a visit. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. Campbellsville hosts Webber International on Sept. 13 at 1:30 p.m.

From Lindsey Wilson Athletics

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