Lions fall to Angelo State in season opener


Photo by Jessica Spivey

Senior quarterback Cade Brister looks to throw it out to a receiver in the 2021 season opener against Angelo State University on Thursday, Sept. 3.

Joshua Robinson, Sports Editor

No. 21 Lindenwood suffered a 40-20 loss to the Angelo State Rams (San Angelo, Texas) in their first game since 2019.

This was the first time Lindenwood faced off against the Rams in a regular season contest.

The Lions got off to a rough start early in the first quarter, trailing 16-0. They later began to retaliate with a tipped pass that led to an interception by senior linebacker Drew Seers. Junior quarterback Cade Brister followed this up with a 35 yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Tyler Chandler to make it 16-7.

After a dropped punt by the Rams in the second quarter, the Lions were able to recover the fumble and turn it into points on the other end. Brister capitalized with a 24 yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Alex Faddoul to end the half with the score at 23-14.

Wide receiver Alex Faddoul celebrates after catching a 24-yard touchdown pass to make the score 23-14 in favor of Angelo State heading into halftime of the 2021 season opener at Hunter Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 3. (Photo by Jessica Spivey)

Angelo State scored 14 points in the third quarter. 

Brister scored Lindenwood’s final touchdown on a two yard run into the end zone to make the score 37-20. The defense was able to hold Angelo State to a three-and-out, causing the Rams to settle for a field goal to make it 40-20.

The Lions accumulated 270 yards of total offense in the game. Brister finished the game completing 24-of-43 passes for 238 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. 

Lindenwood’s defense was led by Seers with 13 total tackles, CJ McClure with nine and a tackle-for-loss, and Tre Hendon with eight tackles and two sacks.

The Lions (0-1) will travel to take on South Dakota State University on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m.