No. 4 Abilene Christian crushes East Central, 66-7

ABILENE, Texas – Fourth-ranked Abilene Christian received five touchdown passes from quarterback Billy Malone as Bernard Scott caught three of those and ran for another as the Wildcats rolled to a 66-7 Lone Star Conference crossover football victory over East Central University Saturday night.

Scott, a Harlon Hill Trophy finalist in 2007, accounted for 301 yards of offense as he caught seven passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns while running for 128 yards on 17 carries and scoring once more to fuel the Wildcat offense, which piled up 595 yards.

Malone was 17-of-23 passing for 357 yards as ACU compiled 383 total yards through the air.

The loss dropped the Tigers to 1-5 on the season.

ECU’s only score came with 7:10 to go in the second quarter on a Joshua Maldanado 2-yard run. Corey Dozier’s PAT pulled the Tigers within 24-7.

But Scott’s second TD reception, a 19-yarder, and third score of the game with 4:40 to go lifted the Wildcats to a 31-7 halftime advantage.

ECU junior quarterback Marcus Johnson played just the first half and completed 15-of-24 passes for 136 yards with one interception while being sacked twice. Lee Blankenship played the second half in his place.

Jerold Loveless, Quade Soffel and Tyrone Gibbs each caught four passes for the Tigers as Loveless had 61 yards in receptions while Soffel and Gibbs had 37 and 32, respectively.

ECU was playing without two of its top two receivers in Justin Goolsby and Nigel Cooper, who were dismissed from the team this week due to violations of team rules.

Scott lifted the Wildcats to an early 7-0 lead by ripping off a 60-yard run with 8:11 to go in the opening quarter. Scott later caught TD passes of 23 and 19 yards before halftime and hauled in 53-yard scoring aerial from Malone with 2:00 to go in the third quarter.

ACU limited ECU to 179 yards of offense, including minus-9 in the rushing department.

The Tigers go outside LSC play next week to visit Southern Nazarene University, of the NAIA ranks, in Bethany for a 2 p.m. kickoff.