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College Football: CLC defeats Minnesota West 28-12 in opener

WORTHINGTON--On the final play of the first half, Central Lakes' Marnez Trotter scooped up a fumble and rumbled 95 yards for a touchdown. It was all Raiders from there as CLC defeated Minnesota West 28-12 in the season opener Saturday. Trailing 6...

Marnez Trotter
Marnez Trotter

WORTHINGTON-On the final play of the first half, Central Lakes' Marnez Trotter scooped up a fumble and rumbled 95 yards for a touchdown.

It was all Raiders from there as CLC defeated Minnesota West 28-12 in the season opener Saturday.

Trailing 6-0 and defending on their own 1-yard line, CLC stopped Minnesota West quarterback Peyton Kendrick's QB sneak attempt. Kendrick then fumbled and Trotter picked the ball up at the 5 and went the distance. Antoine Akundu kicked the extra point and the Raiders went into halftime up 7-6.

"Opening week win for our squad that saw many good things and lots of areas to improve," said Raiders head coach Greg Medeck. "Defense was terrific and played inspired all day."

Five plays into the fourth quarter, CLC's offense finally found the end zone. Quarterback Tylen Rhodes hit Cameron Whitney on a 5-yard scoring pass.

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Rhodes hit Teshan Kelly on a 44-yard TD strike on CLC's next possession to build a 21-6 advantage.

Minnesota West answered with a Reginald Colson III touchdown reception-his second of the game.

CLC then used a 12-play, 70-yard drive to eat up 8:06 off the clock. The drive ended at the Minnesota West 5. Two plays later, however, Linus Segbe sacked Romel Taylor, who fumbled. Brendon Loch recovered and one play later Rhodes scored on a QB keeper for the final 28-12 score.

"Offense show signs of being very productive, simply missing by small margins early in the game," Medeck said. "The offense recovered from a slow start, scoring three times in the fourth quarter to secure the win."

Rhodes finished 13-of-33 passing for 178 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed nine times for 35 yards and a score. Chidozie Mbah rushed for 66 yards and Nuke Crowell added 57 rushing yards.

Kelly caught two passes for 53 yards and Daryl Waindim caught five passes for 39 yards.

CLC's rush defense put on a clinic as it held Minnesota West to -10 yards on 32 attempts.

Trotter led the Raiders with nine tackles to go with his long fumble recovery. Loch added six tackles with his fumble recovery.

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Segbe's game-clinching sack was his third as CLC collected nine sacks.

Jordan Spenst added an interception he returned for 51 yards.

The Raiders defense helped CLC outgain Minnesota West 336-264.

"Great to get this first game under our belts and have an opportunity to teach and correct as we prepare for our home opener this coming Saturday," Medeck said.

Central Lakes 0 7 0 21-28

Minnesota West 0 6 0 6-12

First quarter

MW-Reginald Colson III 45 pass from Peyton Kendrick (kick failed) 9:59

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Second quarter

CLC-Marnez Trotter 95 yard fumble recovery (Antoine Akundu kick) 0:00

Fourth quarter

CLC-Cameron Whitney 5 pass from Tylen Rhodes (Akundu kick) 12:39

CLC-Teshawn Kelly 44 pass from Rhodes (Akundu kick) 9:51

MW-Colson III 30 pass from Romel Taylor (run failed) 8:06

CLC-Rhodes 10 run (Akundu kick) 2:17

Team statistics

Rushes-yards: CLC 36-158, MW 32-(-10)

Pass comp-att-int-yds: CLC 13-33-2-178, MW 18-31-1-274

Total offense: CLC 69-336, MW 63-264

Individual leaders

Rushing: CLC-Chidozie Mbah 13-66, Nuke Crowell 13-57, Tylen Rhodes 9-35; MW-Kevin Carter 11-45

Passing: CLC-Rhodes 13-33-178; Peyton Kendrick 11-18 182, Romel Taylor 7-13-92

Receiving: CLC-Teshawn Kelly 2-53, Daryl Waindim 5-39, Yannick Dinga 2-36, Cameron Whitney 3-33, Karon Whittaker 1-17; MW-Caleb Tinklenberg 4-121

Overall: CLC 1-0. Next: North Dakota State College of Science at Central Lakes in Brainerd 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

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