Matt Moore had a field day in the second half, rushing for 168 yards in the third and fourth quarters.
Defensively, the Crusaders were led by Josh Williams who recorded 11 total tackles, including four solo tackles. Tyrell Davis added eight total tackles, including six solo tackles, one tackle for a loss, and one interception.
The Governors were led by running back Chris Fletcher, who set career and single-season rushing records for the Governors today. Fletcher finished the game with 163 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries. Quarterback Mark Cunningham completed 23 of 35 passes for 261 yards and two touchdowns.
Austin Peay lit up the scoreboard first at the 9:22 mark in the first quarter when Cunningham found
The Governors rode that momentum to another score with 2:41 remaining in the first quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Fletcher. Coffee’s PAT gave Austin Peay a 13-0 lead.
The Crusader defense forced a punt on the Governors next possession. The ensuing drive was almost stopped, but Moeller completed a pass to Talbert on fourth and three to keep the drive alive.
Austin Peay stole the momentum right before halftime, scoring with thirty-eight seconds remaining in the first half on a 32-yard run by Fletcher. Cunningham hit Emmanuel Yancey for the 2-point conversion to make the score 21-14 heading into the locker room at halftime.
Austin Peay pulled even with 14:19 left in the game when Fletcher scored from three yards out. Coffee’s kick tied the game at 28-28.
Fletcher added a touchdown for the Governors with 2:43 remaining in the game on a 2-yard run. Coffee’s PAT made the score 41-35.
Escalona sealed the win for the Crusaders with a 21-yard field goal with 1:02 left in the game to make the score its final of 44-35. The score was set up by a 36-yard rush by