CANTON, Mo. – The No. 20-ranked Raven Football team used a 21-point fourth quarter on Saturday to open up Heart North play with a 31-point win over Culver-Stockton College on Saturday in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Game of the Week.
Benedictine (5-2, 1-0 Heart North) scored on three passing plays in the fourth quarter – two touchdown receptions from Christian Haack and a 85-yard pick six from Steve Williams to secure a 45-14 win over Culver-Stockton (1-6, 0-1 Heart North).
The two teams traded touchdown passes to cap off their opening possessions to start the game. Benedictine scored first on a 31-yard pass from Jacob Koester to Nate Nicholson before Culver countered with a 11-yard pass from Matt Gunterman to Lamont Clarke.
The offenses stalled out for much of the remainder of the first half before Benedictine added another touchdown on a 70-yard pass from Koester to Nicholson.
Derek Rodgers got the Ravens scoring started in the second half, converting a 21-yard field goal early in the third quarter before Haack recorded his first touchdown reception of the game, a 51-yard pass from Koester.
After Culver scored on a 41-yard pass from Gunterman late in the third quarter, the Ravens stepped up the defensive pressure and allowed the Raven offense to take flight in the fourth quarter.
Haack caught touchdown passes of 49-yards and 16-yards before Williams picked off Gunterman.
Koester finished with 307 yards off 12 completions. Haack and Nicholson accounted for the majority of those yards with Haack finishing with 163 yards and Nicholson finishing with 163 yards.
Benedictine finished with 155 yards rushing as Tyler Henness led the way with 66 yards off 11 carries.
Defensively, the Ravens recorded six sacks for the second consecutive game. Mario Diaz and Matt Murillo recorded two each while Cameron Hajok and Blake Fanning added one each. Williams led the Ravens with 10 tackles and two break ups. The six sacks accounted for a loss of 48 yards which limited Culver-Stockton to just three yards rushing off 28 carries.
Benedictine heads into a bye week this week as they prepare for the remainder of their Heart North schedule. They remain on the road for their next Heart North contest traveling to Lamoni, Iowa, on Oct. 22 for a 2 p.m. game against Graceland University.