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Kendall Davis averaged just over five yards per carry on Saturday
Football - Sat, Sep. 9, 2017

ST. LOUIS – [BOX SCORE] Saint Xavier (Ill.) picked-up right where it left off against Marian (Ind.) just over a week ago on Saturday. Alex Martinez threw for 346 yards six touchdowns as the Cougars defeated the Spartans 48-13 in the 2017 Missouri Baptist Home Opener.

Missouri Baptist (0-2) looked for improvements in its second game of year four, but turnovers once again plagued the offense as the Saint Xavier attack came-in as-advertised.

Saint Xavier won the toss and elected to defer, which put Chase Brown on the field for the first time in 2017. The sophomore signal caller marched the Spartans to its first, first down of the game, but a fumble gave the Cougars great field position and set-up the visitor's first touchdown of the day.

Quarterback Alex Martinez connected with Mark Strbjak for a nine-yard score to give the Cougars a 7-0 lead.

Saint Xavier capitalized on another turnover shortly after. After an interception at the Cougar 49-yard line, Tionte McDaniel snagged the errant pass, intended for Bryson Barnes, and returned it 22 yards to set-up another score. Nick Czeszewski was the recipient of the touchdown pass, an 18-yard connection, to make it 14-0.

The Cougars extended the lead to 21-0 on the first drive of the second quarter on the way to the lopsided victory.

Missouri Baptist picked-up a pair of touchdowns in the game, the first of which came toward the end of the second quarter. Brown hooked-up with Mike Biekert for a 13-yard score to make it 28-6.

Missouri Baptist picked-up another score on an impressive drive led by a big run from Kendall Davis. The Edwardsville High School product broke-off a 28-yard scamper to the Saint Xavier nine-yard line. On the next play, D'Ante Cox got his first touchdown of 2017 with an acrobatic grab to make it 41-13. That was, however, as close as it got for the Spartans.

Kendall Davis led the offense on Saturday for the Spartans as the sophomore continues to impress. The running back averaged 5.1 yards per carry on 14 rushes in the game.

D'Ante Cox picked-up his most productive game of the season. The freshman caught five passes for 48 yards and a touchdown in the game.

Connor Bomstad continued a big senior season on defense. The strong safety led the team with eight tackles, including one tackle for a loss.

The running attack continued to be a bright spot for the Spartans in game two. As a team, Missouri Baptist gained 137 of its 291 yards on the ground.

Saint Xavier was led by Nick Czeszewski. The sophomore wide receiver snagged four passes for 134 yards and three touchdowns.

Mike Ivlow led the ground attack for the Cougars. The senior from Channahon, Ill., posted 104 yards on the ground and a touchdown.

Missouri Baptist will get a chance to enjoy some home cooking for two more weeks in a row as the team will play host to Wisconsin-River Falls on Saturday, September 16. Kickoff is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. at CBC Field.