By THE HERALD-WHIG
LAMONI, Iowa -- The Culver-Stockton football team outplayed Graceland for three quarters of Saturday's season opener at Huntsman Field.
During the second quarter, however, anything that could go wrong did go wrong for the Wildcats, and that proved too much for them to overcome. Graceland earned a 28-17 victory, powered by a 25-0 advantage in the second 15 minutes.
Graceland scored on a 59-yard fumble return by Reggie Ramney 16 seconds into the second quarter. Terrance Wells added a 41-yard punt return for a touchdown to put Graceland ahead 14-7 with 12 minutes, 53 seconds remaining before halftime.
A fumble on C-SC's ensuing possession gave Granceland possession at C-SC's 28-yard line, and four plays later, Tercel Seiber caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Matt Fink.
A 3-yard punt from C-SC on its ensuing possession set Graceland up for a 19-yard field goal by Anthony Wood with 3 seconds remaining before halftime.
The Wildcats' only lead came after Desmond Phillips scored on a 2-yard run with 20 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Phillips led C-SC with 41 rushing yards on 15 carries.
C-SC quarterback Curtis Widener completed 7 of 19 passes for 104 yards. His 10-yard TD strike to Nick Hill cut C-SC's deficit to 28-17 with 2:34 remaining.