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Marauders Lose to Kentucky State in Circle City Classic


INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – The Marauders of Central State University fell, 34-22, to rival Kentucky State University at the Circle City Classic on Saturday.

KSU scored on its first two possessions with a pair of field goals from Turner Warren. Afforded ample time in the pocket throughout the first half, KSU quarterback Paul Campbell began the game completing 11 of 14 passes which included a 43 yard strike to Desmo Williams to set up the game’s first touchdown at the 8:55 mark of the second quarter.

On the ensuing kickoff, Terraris Saffold put CSU on the board with an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. For Saffold, it was the second straight week he scored from 80 yards. An extra point try by Trevor Teel was good and CSU trailed, 13-7. The Thorobreds responded with a methodical 13 play, 62 yard touchdown drive ending with kicker Turner Warren running across the goal line for the score on a fake field goal.

CSU managed to get within Teel’s range and knocked a 32 yard field goal to cut the deficit down to 10 as the first half expired.

KSU quickly re-seized the momentum thanks to the legs of their premier running back Brett Sylve. On the first drive on the third quarter, Sylve recorded runs of 21 yards and 18 yards. He capped off the drive by scoring untouched from 4-yards out to give KSU a 27-10 lead.

CSU quarterback Trent Mays, who entered the day as the passing leader in the SIAC, connected with Lavon Meeks for 31 yards down to KSU’s 2 yard line. Darien Nelson broke a tackle to score on the next play. A missed extra point attempt off the goal post resulted in CSU trailing, 27-16, at the 6:38 mark of the third quarter.

With the game still in the balance, a high snap over Mays’ head ended up in a KSU recovery and touchdown. With 6:31 remaining, KSU appeared in complete control, 34-16. CSU refused to give in and scored on its next offensive possession as Mays rushed for a score from 20-yards out.

With 4:20 left on the clock, CSU opted to attempt the onside kick. KSU successfully recovered and closed the game on out with the powerful running tandem of Sylve and Tyon Wilkerson.
The KSU offense totaled 475 yards compared to CSU’s 224.

Sylve led all players with 155 rushing yards and a score. Campbell hit 26 of 39 targets for 244 yards and 1 touchdown as KSU improved to 2-2 overall with a 1-0 record in the SIAC West Division.

Saffold shined for CSU on special teams as he accumulated 6 kick returns for 178 yards. On defense, Mikey’ion Hunter was impressive with a game-high 14 tackles.

Falling to 0-4 overall and 0-1 in divisional play, the Marauders hope to turn the season around when they travel to play Benedict College.