SALINA, Kan. – The No. 9 Langston Lions season ended on Saturday afternoon as they fell short 15-9 to the No. 6 Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes in the first round of the NAIA Football Championship Series at the Graves Family Sports Complex.
Trailing 9-7, the Coyotes marched methodically down the field and finished the drive with a Johnny Feauto 8-yard touchdown pass to Charlie Simmons which capped an 18-play, 81-yard drive to put KWU ahead 15-9 at the 5:27 mark in the fourth. On the ensuing offensive possession the Langston Lions were held to a three-and-out and forced to punt from their own 28-yard line with 3:45 remaining.
Kansas Wesleyan managed to pick up three first downs, one by penalty and two via the ground attack to chew the clock and end the Lions 2018 campaign at 9-2 overall.
After a scoreless first quarter, Langston marched 71 yards on 12 plays and finished with seven-yard touchdown from Jaylen Lowe to Daylon Person to put the Lions up 7-0. KWU tied it up before halftime when Demarco Prewitt scored on a 1-yard run. The Lions regained the lead at the start of the third quarter when Feauto was forced out of the endzone by Justin Wade for a safety with 12:27 to go in the third.
In a clash of two of the NAIA's top five offenses both defenses came to play, the Lions held KWU to 272 yards of total offense and the Coyotes held the Langston attack in check at 265 yards of total offense.
Lowe finished 17-for-31 for 138 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Cameron Booty led the ground attack with eight carries for 59 yards and Isaiah Shaputis led all receivers with six receptions for 45 yards.
Devin Dourisseau and Eugene Fuller both tied for the team lead in tackles with nine total. John Repp was right behind them with seven tackles including three tackles for loss and one sack.
Langston concludes their season at 9-2 overall.