By MARLON SCOTT | Senior Staff Writer
After losing their last home game, the Govs traveled to Richmond, Ky., looking to end their season with a win over the Eastern Kentucky Colonels. Last season, the Govs upset the Colonels 24-20 at home on their way to a 4-7 finish.
History did not repeat itself this season.
The Colonels scored 14 second-half points to defeat the Govs 17-3. The Govs finished the season 2-9 (1-7 OVC).
They lost eight straight games, the most by a Govs football team since 2004.
According to APSU Sports Information, head coach Rick Christophel was pleased with the team’s effort despite the loss.
“I was proud of our kids effort today,” Christophel said. “This team we played today finished the season with four straight wins, including a win against Jacksonville State just a few weeks ago. We came here really banged up and we really competed. I couldn’t ask any more from them.”
Both offenses started slowly and earned three first downs in the first half. The Govs produced only 81 yards of offense.
Their defense set up the first score of the game. Freshman defensive back Steven Ragin intercepted the Colonel’s quarterback, T.J. Pryor, on their second offensive drive of the game.
Afterwards, the Govs moved 60 yards on 11 plays and sophomore kicker Stephen Stansell kicked a 37-yard field goal to give the Govs the 3-0 lead.
Stansell made 12-of-18 field goals for the season, including 3-of-4 attempts over 50 yards.
The Colonels responded with their own field goal with 3:57 remaining in the first half. The two teams remained tied 3-3 until the third quarter. At the 6:24 mark, the Colonels’ Jeremy Caldwell returned the Gov’s punt 69 yards for a touchdown.
The Colonels scored again at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Running back H.B. Banjoman topped off a six play, 44-yard drive with a three-yard dive into the end zone.
The Govs failed to score again.
In his last game as a Gov, senior running back Terrence Holt rushed for 80 yards. He produced 139 total all-purpose yards. Holt finished second in the conference with 1,515 all-purpose yards.
Quarterback T.C. Jennings completed four of nine pass attempts for 13 yards and threw one touchdown.
Freshman defensive back Tyreon Clark led the defense with eight solo tackles. Redshirt sophomore defensive end Tyler Stevenson blocked a Colonel’s punt in the game.
Ryan Key earned the Govs’ single-season punting record averaging 41.2 yards per punt. TAS