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No. 22 Mustangs blank Cougars in rout, 48-0

Jainard Crawley-Lambert led Stevenson's dominant ground effort with 130 yards and three touchdowns.

Jainard Crawley-Lambert led Stevenson’s dominant ground effort with 130 yards and three touchdowns.

Right now, the No. 22-ranked Stevenson football team just seems to be a class above the rest of the MAC Commonwealth conference. On Saturday the Mustangs shutout Misericordia 48-0 to remain undefeated through five games, with four of those wins being against conference teams.

The Mustangs out-gained the Cougars 577 to 129 on offense and 342 to 57 on the ground alone. Stevenson also held Misericordia to just 1-of-15 on third downs in the blowout.

Sophomore running back Jainard Crawley-Lambert and junior running back Dontae Ayers ripped through the Cougars defense. Crawly-Lambert rushed for 130 yards and three touchdowns on 19 attempts. Ayers averaged a ridiculous 13.7 yards per carry for 123 yards and a score. Misericordia’s top rusher finished the game with just 15 yards.

A 13-play, 87-yard drive finished by a six-yard run by Crawley-Lambert gave Stevenson their first points of the game with 8:37 remaining in the first quarter. They then forced two three-and-outs and capitalized the second time with another touchdown drive; this one ending with a five-yard touchdown pass from Dan Williams to Dequan Ellison.

While Williams was intercepted twice in the game, with his first one happening early in the second quarter, Misericordia could not take advantage at all. After the interception the Cougars converted their only third down of the game, but three-straight incomplete passes forced another punt. Williams got the ball down the field with a 42 yard pass to Preston Addo. That helped in setting up Crawley-Lambert for another touchdown run from four-yards out to give Stevenson a 21-0 lead.

And that wasn’t even close to the end of the first-half rout by the Mustangs. A 20-yard run by Ayers and 21 yard pass to Addo set Williams up for a one-yard touchdown pass to senior Kenneth-Scott Kelow on Stevenson’s next drive. Their drive after that ended in the endzone following a 21-yard run by Crawley-Lambert to push the lead out to 35-0.

With eight seconds left in the first half, Tim Sternfield booted in a 45 yard field goal to get the Mustangs out ahead by even more at halftime.

And while anything that happened in the first half one way would happen in the second half the other way, Billy Lewis crushed those comeback hopes with an interception in the endzone to end Misericordia’s first drive of the second quarter. Stevenson then took the ball down the field and scored as Sternfield kicked in a 27-yard field goal.

Stevenson would score once more when Ayres broke through the Cougar defense for a 70-yard touchdown on their first play of a drive later in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter Stevenson ran off over six minutes on their first drive with their reserves in to help secure the shutout.

Next week will serve as the Mustangs’ bye week. They will return to action on Oct. 15 when they travel to Widener.

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