Morris Henderson rushed for two touchdowns and returned a kickoff 100 yards for another score to help Lincoln stun Grambling State, 47-34, at the Missouri Classic at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City Saturday.
The victory for the Division II Blue Tigers (1-1) spoiled the debut of Grambling’s interim head coach George Ragsdale, who took over when GSU fired Doug Williams Wednesday.
Though the Tigers (0-3) came alive offensively in the second quarter, by then Lincoln’s offense was going full steam ahead, going up 16-0 before GSU could even get on the board.
In the first quarter, Andrew Fishel’s 40-yard field goal got the ball rolling. Henderson followed with a 41-yard run and Percy Turner outdid him moments later with a 51-yard score against Division I Grambling’s beleaguered defense.
Tyler Olivier finally got the Tigers moving with an eight-yard TD run, but on the ensuing kickoff to Lincoln, Henderson cut through Grambling’s special teams and raced the length of the field for a touchdown to make it 23-7 in favor of the Blue Tigers.
D.J. Williams, son of Doug Williams, found Chester Rogers for a seven-yard score to make it 23-14 heading into halftime.
Henderson opened the second half with a 44-yard touchdown run.
Grambling countered with Olivier’s second touchdown, this time from nine yards out, to pull to within nine points, 30-21.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, that was the last time they’d be within single digits.
Quarterback Jacob Morris finished off a Lincoln drive with an 11-yard run and then connected with Khiry Draine from 13 yards to put the Blue Tigers up 44-21 early in the fourth quarter.
Henderson finished the day with 137 rushing yards, while Morris completed 18 of 16 passes for 280 yards.
Williams completed 22 of 38 throws for 323 yards and three scores, two of them to Chester Rogers, who caught 12 passes for 169 yards in the loss.