Record-breaking day highlights MSSU’s 86-7 win at NSU

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Missouri Southern football team tied or broke six single-game records, while Charles West broke a single-season mark as the Lions won at Northeastern State 86-7 today inside Doc Wadley Stadium.

The Lions (2-6, 2-6 MIAA) broke the MSSU single-game marks for total offense (743), points (86), margin of victory (79), and first downs (42), while Jacob Park broke a record for touchdowns responsible for with eight (five passing and three rushing) and tied a single-game touchdown pass record with five.

The Lions also broke an MIAA single-game first-down record with 42, breaking the previous record of 41, held by Southwest Baptist against Truman State in 2007.

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Charles West caught six passes and has 36 catches on the season, setting a new MSSU single-season record for receptions by a running back.

Park was 27-of-39 for 408 yards and five touchdowns, including a long of 60. He also rushed for 46 yards on six carries and three scores and finished with a 199.4 passer rating. Travier Fields-Jackson caught two passes for 91 yards and a score, while Keandre Bledsoe, Jonathan Watts, Jaedon Stoshak, and Shemar Coleman caught a touchdown pass. The catch for Watts is his first collegiate touchdown.

West had 19 carries for 136 yards and a score, while catching six passes for 55 yards. Coleman had seven carries for 76 yards, while Josh Mercer had five carries for 19 yards and a score. Mercer also had an 86-yard touchdown on a kickoff return as he had two returns on the day for 115 yards. The kickoff return for a touchdown was the first since 2012.

Defensively, Fontez Davis had ten tackles with an interception and four pass break ups. Richard Jordan Jr. had seven stops with 2.5 for a loss, while Loren Young had a sack and Malachi Broadnax had a fumble recovery. Southern had seven tackles for a loss of 21 yards on the day.

Southern led 38-0 at the break and used 35 points in the third quarter to go up 73-7 after three quarters.

The Lions will be back in action this weekend when Southern travels to Central Oklahoma for a 1 p.m. matchup with the Bronchos.

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