SALINA, Kansas -- Lindsey Wilson football, ranked No. 6 coming into the weekend, continued its stellar undefeated 2019 campaign on Saturday afternoon, moving to 12-0 on the season with a 35-24 win over previously undefeated No. 3 Kansas Wesleyan University in the NAIA FCS Playoff quarterfinals.
It was the program's first-ever road win in the NAIA playoffs.
Former Caldwell County star Jaylen Boyd had 24 carries for 155 yards and one touchdown, which came with 9:23 left in the third quarter and gave the Blue Raiders a 27-17 advantage.
Former Paducah Tilghman star and UT Martin wide receiver Hunter Watkins had five kick returns for 92 yards. Former Murray star CJ Dickerson (six tackles, two sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss) and former Marshall County star Cameron Thurman (five tackles, one tackle for loss) combined for 11 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss in the victory. In fact, it's been quite a season for all four local athletes.
Boyd is leading the Blue Raiders in rushing, notching 1,041 yards and 12 touchdowns on 148 carries. He's lost only 12 yards on the year, and has added 29 catches for 363 yards and three receiving scores.
Watkins has been the team's top kick-return option, and is now up to 22 returns for 517 yards (23.5 yards per return) with a long of 63. He's also got 10 catches for 101 yards and a touchdown, with a long of 41.
Dickerson, a defensive captain, has 45 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 10.0 tackles for loss (second on the team) in 12 starts. Thurman has only one start in 12 games, but he's appeared in every contest and is 12th on the team in tackles (34) while adding 2.5 sacks and 4.0 tackles for loss.
With the victory, the Blue Raiders are headed to Marian (Indiana) on Saturday to compete in the NAIA Football Championship Series Semifinals in Indianapolis.
Saturday's matchup between the Blue Raiders and the Knights is the first meeting between the two teams. Kickoff is set for 12:05 p.m. CT. No. 2-ranked Marian (11-0) defeated Cumberlands 30-0, earning them host privileges.
Top-ranked Morningside (Iowa) will play host to No. 4-ranked Grand View in the other semifinal game in Sioux City, Iowa.
Next Saturday's winners advance to the national championship game on Saturday, Dec. 21, in Ruston, Louisiana.