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Bears skirt past Racers 21-20

The Bears football team needed the late blocked field goal by sophomore defensive back Marcus Dumas to defeat the Murray State Racers by one point, 21-20 at Estes Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 18.
The Bears’ win gives them a perfect 3-0 record thus far in the season, while the Racers fell to 0-3.
The Bears got off to a quick lead in the first quarter when junior quarterback Nathan Dick found an unbelievably wide open senior wide receiver Kenneth Robey for an easy 50-yard touchdown to give the Bears a 7-0 lead at the 11:41 mark.
The Racers cut into the Bears’ lead just a little bit with 8:51 remaining in the first quarter on a 43-yard field goal by junior kicker Kienan Cullen to make the score 7-3.
On the Bears’ next drive, they had another possible long touchdown in sight on a pass from Dick to junior wide receiver TJ Adams, but the pass was booted by Adams on the run. The Bears were forced to punt the ball away, but received it back shortly after when sophomore defensive back Desmond Wilcox intercepted a pass from Racers senior quarterback Jeff Ehrhardt.
With 1:07 left in the first quarter, Bears sophomore running back Jackie Hinton scored from seven yards out on a touchdown run to give the Bears a 14-3 lead. It would be almost three full quarters before the Bears would find the scoreboard again.
In the second quarter the Racers went on a run, scoring two touchdowns in the span of two minutes, both on touchdown passes from Ehrhardt to senior wide receiver Daniel Ard. The first touchdown from Ehrhardt to Ard came at the 13:09 point in the second quarter on a 16-yard pass on second and six, shortly after the Racers converted on fourth and second previously on the drive to keep the drive alive. The second touchdown came on a 8-yard pass at the 11:14 mark following a fumble by Bears sophomore running back Anthony Blackmon that was recovered by the Racers’ defense.
Bears senior kicker Eddie Carmona missed a field goal at the 6:03 mark in the second quarter which would have tied the game. The Racers took a 17-14 lead into halftime.
The third quarter was pretty inactive for both the Bears and the Racers, with the only points of the quarter coming off of a 39-yard field goal by Cullen to give the Racers a six-point lead at 20-14 with 5:16 remaining in the quarter.
The lead would hold up for the Racers until the 4:21 mark in the fourth quarter when Hinton broke free for a 21-yard touchdown run for the Bears to give them a one-point lead at 21-20.
The Racers marched back down the field and into field goal territory where Cullen was lining up for what could likely be a game-winning 50-yard field goal. The field goal attempt was blocked by Dumas with 34 seconds remaining on the clock and Dick simply had to take a couple of knees to seal the victory for the Bears.
Coach Clint Conque said the penalties the Bears have been racking up have to stop as well as repeated mistakes.
“The concentration and practices were poor,” he said. “I’m not gonna mention any names, but some mistakes were repeated by the same people. We still need to catch the ball more and eliminate the penalties. We dropped some balls in the early parts of the game, though protection was okay. We just have to be prepared.”
Dick said this game was an eye-opener for the team and that they will have to stay focused and be better prepared for future games.
“This game was a good test for our offense,” he said.

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