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Morning Sports Report - November 15, 2013

The hype is growing over the Chiefs/Broncos game Sunday. And the Evangel basketball team had their home opener of the season.
NFL fans and pundits  are whipping up the hype surrounding the Kansas City Chiefs game with Denver Sunday night.
It's a battle between the 9-and-0 Chiefs and the 8-and-1 Denver Broncos.

The folks at ESPN are saying it's the first time since 1969 that two teams with these lofty records have met.  
And it's the first of two meetings that are three weeks apart.

The Broncos are at home and more than a touchdown favorite.

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning has not practiced much this week because he has a banged up ankle.

"(We're) playing against what the media says is the best team in the NFL," says Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson.
Reporter: "Do you agree with that?"
"It's still midseason.  I give them all the props and they may be the best team in the league, but you still have to play on Sunday.  We'll see how that plays out," says Johnson.

"Every year that I've played them they got better.  Every game that went by.  Those guys are capable of breaking a game wide open," adds cornerback Brandon Flowers.


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SPRINGFIELD, Mo--Brenton Illum has been rebuilding the Evangel football team for the last four seasons.

Saturday, his first group of seniors will play their last Crusader game.

That group is small, only ten seniors but this group has been a major part of the rebuilding process.

And it's led by quarterback Andrew Brimhall.

Midway through this season Brimhall suffered an injury to his right knee that requires surgery to repair.

But the 6-foot-1 Memphis native has put off the surgery playing on a bum knee and he hopes to lead his team to an upset win Saturday against 9-1 Benedictine.

"That's the reason I'm out here playing," said Anthony Brimhall.  "Whether I'm hurt or whether I'm healthy.  I'm out here playing for these guys and this team.  I'm here to help this team.  And I think that I need to step back if I need to and let Brett step in.  And he's done a great job stepping in."

"Probably anybody else would have had the surgery sat out and missed the rest of the season," said Evangel receiver Jesse Vaughn.  "But Andrew loves this game and loves this team.  When we see that it pushes us to fight even harder for him."

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo--The Evangel basketball team had their home opener of the season.

The Crusaders with a 2-1 record coming into this one.

And looking to bounce back after a 102-92 loss to the College of the Ozarks on Tuesday.

Ninth-ranked Evangel hosting second ranked Oklahoma Baptist.

Starting things out strong, Caleb McGee nice pass inside to Billy Thompson the second, 2-0 Crusaders up.

But the Bison would answer right back, sweet bouncer finds Cory Davis, he puts it away, ted at 2.

Crusaders now with the ball... The drive inside and the dump off pass to Thompson, 6-5 crusaders lead.

Nice no look pass to Aaron Abram, the dribble and the finish, that gives the Bison 7-6 lead.

Later Crusaders kick it out to the big man Korry Tillery, but wait a second he can shoot! Drains the trey, 9-7 Evangel.

Evangel getting it done on both sides, nice block by Josh Veurink.

Crusaders go on to win 82 to 75.
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