When Lincoln University decided it wanted back in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association in 2010, there were a lot of questions that needed to be answered. But in just their third year back, the Blue Tigers are already out the door in football.
COLUMBIA — Missouri certainly had several statement victories during its last decade in the Big 12.
The only thing that slowed down Jefferson City on Friday was Gateway Tech’s late arrival. And it only slowed the inevitable. Elijah PIttman ran for three first-quarter touchdowns as Jefferson City celebrated Homecoming with a 55-22 victory against Gateway Tech at Adkins Stadium.
Jefferson City turned back the clock in Friday’s 40-33 win against Hickman. But that doesn’t mean the Jays are about to change what has been successful this season.
The Lady Jays weren’t about to let history repeat itself. After getting swept by Kickapoo less than two weeks ago at the Blue Springs Tournament, Jefferson City returned the favor, defeating Kickapoo 25-20, 25-23 on Tuesday night at Fleming Fieldhouse.
Missouri’s defensive line has developed a monopoly when it comes to Southeastern Conference awards recently. But the mountains are about to get tougher.
After failing to come up with big plays in two previous losses to Hickman, Jefferson City more than flipped the script Friday night. Trailing 33-32 with just more than a minute left, Rayshawn Williams scored on a 60-yard run to lift Jefferson City to a 40-33 come-from-behind victory in Columbia.
Missouri players have a lot of memories from last season’s game against Vanderbilt. And most of them aren’t pleasant. When the Tigers open Southeastern Conference play today in Nashville against the Commodores (6:30 p.m. KQFX-TV), Missouri will be looking to enact a little revenge from last years’ disappointing loss that prolonged the Tigers tough start to the season.
After winning her 400th career game earlier this week, Jefferson City softball coach Lisa Dey didn’t have to think long when asked what it means to her. “It means you’ve been around a long time,” she joked. Dey, who picked up No. 400 in Monday’s 6-2 victory against St. Elizabeth, was honored between innings of the Lady Jays’ 17-5 victory against Southern Boone on Wednesday at the American Legion Sports Complex.
Jefferson City probably doesn't need much motivation when it comes to playing Hickman. But just in case, the Kewpies (2-3) have provided plenty of extra spark in the last two years to get the Jays (3-2, No. 9 in Class 6) fired up for Friday’s 7 p.m. kickoff in Columbia. 16-14 and 14-9 are scores the Jays aren’t soon to forget.