Dawgs season ends with first-round loss

Dawgs season ends with first-round loss

COLUMBIA, Ky. — Cameron Dukes had a hand in five touchdowns Sunday, and top-ranked Lindsey Wilson beat Montana Western 48-21 in the first round of the NAIA football playoffs. (Stats)

The game was postponed to Sunday because of flight delays with Western.

Dukes completed 13 of 26 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns. He ran 10 times for 40 yards and three scores. Jaylen Boyd ran for 143 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

Lindsay Wilson (11-0) led 34-9 at halftime.

On Jund passed for two touchdowns and ran for one more for the Bulldogs, who close the season at 8-4. Both touchdown passes went to Nate Simkins.

Jamison Hermanson caught seven passes for 101 yards for the Frontier Conference co-champions.

Kameron Rauser registered 15 tackles to lead the Bulldog defense. Butte Central graduate Kyle Schulte got in on 11 tackles to close out his collegiate career.

Western is the only Frontier team to qualify for the playoffs.

“It was a great season,” Western coach Ryan Nourse said. “The team grew and showed great competitive character. This weekend we competed hard and gave great effort — we just ran into a really talented team that was better than us in the playoffs. This team has a lot to be proud of; winning eight games, securing a share of the Frontier Conference championship, and making it to the national playoffs is one great year.”

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