DEL CITY — Colton Lindsey came back from injury to supply Christian Heritage game-turning plays when he was needed.
Lindsey struck for three rushing touchdowns in Christian Heritage's 30-20 victory over Luther on Thursday night at Crusader Field. Lindsey returned to the lineup last week after sitting out four weeks with a shoulder injury.
On the ground, Lindsey produced 125 yards on 19 carries to go along with 117 yards passing while completing 15 of 25 throws.
The Crusaders (4-3, 3-1 District 2A-2) finished rushing for 242 yards, 156 of which came in the second half.
“We just kept pounding,” Lindsey said. “Some stuff didn't work for us, but we stuck to it, and it eventually got us the plays we needed and the yards we needed, so we kept pounding and kept doing what we do.”
Lindsey broke an 8-8 halftime tie by scoring on a 4-yard touchdown run and completing a two-point conversion pass to Braden Mikes with 7:01 left in the third quarter. Lindsey guided an eight-play, 54-yard drive on CHA's first second-half possession, covering 34 yards on one carry.
“They actually did a really good job coming out,” Lindsey said of the Luther defense. “They surprised us on some stuff. They're aggressive, they put a lot of pressure. I'm just glad our offensive line stayed strong.”
Luther (4-3, 2-2) fought back as Maurice Wright bolted 43 yards for a touchdown, cutting CHA's lead to 16-14 early in the fourth quarter. Seth Stivers faced a heavy rush on the conversion pass try that failed.
Lindsey added a 12-yard scoring run, and Christian Heritage built a 30-14 fourth-quarter advantage on Joseph Lemieux's 36-yard touchdown run. Lemieux contributed 102 rushing yards.
Luther's Darvel Fountain reached the end zone on a 2-yard run within the final minute. Luther cut its deficit to 30-20, but Stivers' pass fell incomplete on the two-point conversion. Then Mikes covered the ensuing onside kick.
“He makes plays for us,” CHA coach John Merrell said of Lindsey. “He made some runs when we needed him. We completed passes when we needed to. It's huge. We would have been in a tough spot without the win. Luther has their backs against the wall.”
Luther scored first as Wright ran in a touchdown from one-yard out. Chad Pridemore caught the two-point conversion pass from Seth Stivers for an 8-0 Luther lead at 9:30 left in the second quarter. Stivers set up Luther at the one-yard line with a 33-yard chunk to Blake Browning.
After Luther recovered the ensuing onside kick, Colton Lindsey picked off Stivers' pass at the CHA 10-yard line.
Lindsey directed a 55-yard, 12-play drive for Christian Heritage to tie the game. Lindsey carried five times on the drive, even nudging the ball across the goal line on a quarterback sneak inside the Luther one-yard line to convert on fourth down.
Lindsey ran in the two-point conversion as well with 55 seconds to go in the first half. Lindsey gained 39 yards on draws and scrambles on the scoring drive.
Wright finished with 95 yards on 14 rushing attempts, while Luther was flagged for one penalty in the game that was offset by a CHA penalty.