Lindenwood football team gets ready for matchup against Washburn


Justin Smith and two other Lindenwood Lions player jump into the air to celebrate a Lindenwood touchdown against Northeastern State University at Hunter Stadium on Sept. 7. Lindenwood won 49-10.
Photo by Lindenwood Athletics


Following a 49-10 win in its home opener, Lindenwood football hopes to continue its winning ways when the team plays Saturday at home against Washburn University.

Last year in this matchup, Washburn came away with a 34-29 win in Topeka, Kansas.

Now tonight, Lindenwood gets to host the meeting. 6 p.m. is the start time against the Washburn Ichabods, (1-1) and it will be part of Lindenwood’s Family Day activities.

The Ichabods’ only win of the season came on the road against Northeastern State 31-7 in Week 1.

Last week, the Lions rushed for 417 yards against Northeastern State, setting a new single-game rushing record. Senior running backs Shakeem Wharton and Calen Campbell led the ground game for Lindenwood.

Campbell ran for 89 yards and two touchdowns on 8 carries, while Wharton ran for a team-high 103 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. Two other Lindenwood rushers, Nash Sutherlin and DeSean Warren, also averaged over 10 yards per carry, according to

Junior quarterback Najee Jackson also sparked the Lions’ offense by throwing for 208 yards and three touchdowns while running for an additional 82 yards on 12 carries.

Washburn’s defense may have a tough task containing the Lindenwood offense after giving up 378 yards of total offense last week in a loss against No. 1 ranked Northwest Missouri state.