BELLEVILLE — Kerry Gibson had a 70-yard touchdown pass to Harvey Binford and Kameron Harris ran for two touchdowns as the Lindenwood-Belleville Lynx beat the Culver-Stockton Wildcarts 29-23 Saturday night in their season opener.
The game was delayed for about an hour at halftime because of lightning. The game resumed at 9:45 p.m. after a thunderstorm passed through the area.
The Wildcats tried to mount a comeback, but their final drive ended on an interception by Jahad Riley with 56 seconds left.
Gibson completed 10 of 28 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown.
Harris, an Althoff High School graduate, had 19 carries for 109 yards. He had touchdown runs of 10 and 9 yards.
The Lynx, who went 4-6 in their inaugural season last year, began their second season under coach Jeff Fisher by jumping out to a 19-0 lead over the Wildcats, who edged them 21-14 last season on two fourth-quarter touchdowns.
On the first offensive series of the game, Gibson connected with Binford on a 70-yard touchdown pass on a third-and-long play.
The extra-point attempt was blocked.
The Lynx went up 13-0 on a 10-yard touchdown run by Harris with 7:38 left in the first quarter.
A 1-yard touchdown run by fullback Michael Horton-Loftin with 14:27 left in the second quarter put the Lynx ahead 19-0.
The Wildcats got on the scoreboard with a 26-yard field goal by Erik Zamudio with nine minutes left in the second quartrer.
A 16-yard pass from Curtis Widener to Terrence Brooks enabled the Wildcats to close the gap to 19-10 with 2:24 left in the first half.
A fumble by Harris led to good field position for the Wildcats in the closing seconds of the first half.
Zamudio was wide right on a 40-yard field goal attempt on the final play of the first half.
The Wildcats put together a six-play, 75-yard drive that was capped by a 2-yard touchdown run by Tyrique Gordon in the third quarter.
The extra-point kick was blocked, and after a scramble for the ball, Lindenwood-Belleville's T.J. Onstott picked it up near the sideline and ran 90 yards for two points.
Harris ran 9 yards for a touchdown with 3:48 left in the third quarter to cap an eight-play, 75-yard drive.
The extra-point kick was wide left, but after the Lynx got a second chance due to an offsides penalty on the Wildcats, Harris ran for a two-point conversion.
The Wildcats got within 29-23 after a 20-yard interception return for a touchdown by Andy Smith.
The Wildcats' final possession started at their own 7-yard line with 2:28 to go.
Quarterback Jake Hoffman, a Red Bud High School graduate who had replaced Widener a series earlier, had a pass tipped by a Lindenwood-Belleville defender and go right into the arms of Riley at the Culver-Stockton 48.
The Lynx will travel to play Central Methodist University at 7 p.m. Saturday in in Fayette, Mo.
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