Lions top Southern Nazarene in first game under Atiba Bradley

Jaylon Banks connected with Jaedon Stoshak for the go-ahead touchdown in the 4th.

BETHANY, Okla. – The Atiba Bradley era started on the right foot for Missouri Southern football on Thursday night.

The Lions topped Southern Nazarene 21-20 in Bethany, Oklahoma in their first game under head coach Atiba Bradley – their first win since October 26th, 2019.

The Crimson Storm led 7-0 after the first quarter, before the Lions responded with 14 unanswered in the second quarter. Missouri Southern got a two-yard rushing touchdown from Josh Mercer in the second to tie it up. They picked up their first lead of the game with a Taylor Thomas rushing touchdown with 1:02 left in the first half after an SNU turnover inside the five.

Neither team scored in the third quarter, with Missouri Southern maintaining a 14-7 lead going to the fourth.

Southern Nazarene tied the game at 14 with a QB sneak with 12:52 left in the fourth.

The game stayed tied until the 4:03 mark in the fourth quarter, when Jaylon Banks connected with Jaedon Stoshak for a 51-yard passing touchdown down the middle. (video: SNU Athletics)

Southern Nazarene was able to respond with a touchdown to pull within one. However, Missouri Southern was able to stop the Crimson Storm on the 2-point attempt and recover an onside kick to preserve the 21-20 victory.

Missouri Southern will open the fall 2021 MIAA season on September 2nd, on the road against the University of Nebraska-Kearney.