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Tigers rally for win at Lincoln

By The Hays Daily News

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- In a see-saw game, the Fort Hays State University football team rallied from eight points down in the second half and claimed its fourth straight victory, beating Lincoln (Mo.) University, 45-35 on Saturday.

The Tigers jumped out to a 14-0 lead, but eventually trailed 25-24 by halftime and by eight late in the third quarter. Then, FHSU scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to claim the victory.

The win moves the Tigers to 4-4 overall and 3-4 in MIAA play. Lincoln fell to 1-7 overall and 0-7 in the MIAA.

FHSU jumped out first when Treveon Albert found Isaiah Maxi on the Tigers' opening drive from 32 yards out and a 7-0 lead. Then, Edward Smith ran in from 1 yard out near the end of the first quarter for a 14-0 lead.

But Lincoln answerd with a 7-yard TD pass from Jacob Morris to Percy Turner before FHSU kicker Drew O'Brien hit a 37-yard field goal.

FHSU later scored on a 36-yard TD pass from Albert to Keaton Callins to make it 24-12, but Lincoln scored 13 unanswered to end the second quarter. The two teams combined for 35 points in the second session.

Out of the locker room, Lincoln struck first with a 9-yard run by Jacob Morris, his second TD. FHSU answered to take the lead back on a 16-yard pass from Albert to Bilal Salat, but the Blue Tigers again responded, this time on a 22-yard field goal.

FHSU took the lead back for good on a 1-yard run by Edward Smith, then sealed it with a 24-yard run by Andre Smith with just more than a minute to play, and Michael Terry recorded an inteception to end any scoring threat.

Albert had a career day. He was 22 of 34 passing for 294 yards and three scores. Callins caught five balls for 81 yards. Andre Smith had 21 carries for 98 yards and caught three passes for 56 yards.

The Tigers will look for their fifth straight win when they host South Dakota School of Mines in non-conference action Saturday at Lewis Field Stadium. Start time is 2 p.m. for the Hallf of Fame game.