Evangel took part in the first college football game of the 2017-18 season, a 37-17 loss Thursday at Grand View in Des Moines.
The Crusaders (0-1) took a 7-0 lead on Matt Grelle’s one-yard touchdown run. Grand View retook the lead with two long scoring passes from quarterback Jordan Knock. Derek Roberts converted a 25-yard field goal before half, and Evangel trailed 13-10 at the break.
Cam Hardesty and Chance Smith connected for a long second-half Evangel touchdown pass, but Grand View(1-0) scored the final 17 points of the game to earn a 37-17, season-opening victory.
Evangel will return to the field Sat., Sept. 2 at Benedictine.