The Evangel Crusaders scored 38 unanswered points in Saturday’s 38-7 Homecoming victory over Graceland.
Darrius Lee’s back-to-back carries of 24 and 30 yards led to the Crusaders’ first touchdown, a 1-yard leap by freshman Terry Robinson. Zayne Kyser’s 3-yard score gave Evangel a 14-7 halftime lead.
Prior to Kyser’s touchdown, Crusaders quarterback Cam Hardesty left the game after taking a knee to the head on a scramble play. Hardesty stood up, looked to the sideline for a play call, but quickly dropped to his knees and eventually his back. He was helped off the field and did not return.
Freshman Zeke Kuyawa relieved Hardesty, and the Mansfield, Texas native threw his first career touchdown pass, a 27-yard strike to Brady Collier in the third quarter.
In the fourth, Malachi Cobb returned an interception 21 yards for six, then Devin Cochran scored on a 1-yard rush to cap off the 38-7 blowout.
Evangel (3-3) will open conference play next Saturday at Central Methodist in Fayette, Mo.