Posted 10/5/16

Story, photos by Kevin Pakos for Sports & Entertainment NewsASPN Radio 


ACU Firestorm Stop Langston Lions


ACU Starts CSFL Schedule With Home Win 34-10


This game started out looking like a shoot out. Both teams moved the ball well. The only thing that kept Langston and ACU from being tied at the end of the first quarter were the LU fumbles, and dropped passes. Now the Firestorm defense played a big part in those LU errors to be sure. 


LU had several long drives that ended with ACU taking over and scoring in a handful of plays. If the Firestorm passing game can get on track, they could be a scoring machine. 


On paper both teams were nearly equal in all stat categories. The difference came in turnovers converted for points for ACU and big plays. ACU had them, LU, not so much. 


The weather was clear but the on the field temperature was melt your shoes hot. More so for the Lions, you could see them struggling in the heat. 


The big plays came from short passes from Gerrit Groenewold. First to Justin Carroll, he went 71 yards. Then to Quinta Thomas and he rolled in for a 51 yard score. Justin scored later from the three. Groenewold caught a first half TD on a razzle dazzle toss, reverse throw back pass. QB Ryan Esslinger scored on a quarterback keeper. Just because. 


On Defense Timothy Clayton forced a fumble that teammate Joshua Carter recovered. Four sacks were part of the damage that kept LU from ever getting established. The monsters that ripped the fire out of the Lions were Will Johnson, Kori Hurd, Coleman Griffith, Chris Oatman and Austin Niziolek. Reggie Love and Gary Stevenson had a pick each.


QB Groenewold Passed for 324 yards and three TD's, two thrown one caught. Rushing Groenewold 38, Justin Carroll 83, Quinta Thomas 32 yards. Receiving: Donovan Smith  6 for 83 yards, Justin Carroll 2 for 77 1TD, Quinta Thomas 2 for 55, 1TD. 


A great start in opening day of conference play for the defending  CSFL Champs. Next on the road in Waxahachie, Texas to play the SAGU Lions, SW Assemblies of God, 9AM AZ time. Order you pizza the night before or run down to the QT for a college kid breakfast and XL Dr Pepper. Get the link to watch live at  our CFB Website You can also get live game scoring updates on Twitter @aspnradiocom as well as on Facebook we have been bringing the news of ACU Firestorm football since they began.


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