Things got worse for Northwestern late in the second quarter when McKinney was injured after being pulled down hard by the face mask by Aquinas defensive end Anthony Moten.
McKinney was carted off the field on a stretcher, but had full movement of his arms, shaking hands with a couple of teammates as he was taken to the locker room.
“He’ll be fine,” Field said. “I think he just suffered a sprained neck.”
Without McKinney, backup quarterback/wide receiver Jabari Dowling finished the game. On his first play, Dowling was sacked and the ball was jarred loose as his arm was about to move forward to pass. The referees did not blow the whistle, ruling it a fumble and allowing Aquinas linebacker Jake Stewart to pick it up and rumble 54 yards for a touchdown – extending the Raiders’ lead to 28-0.
“We feel like we have the best defense in the nation and we’ve been working hard in practice,” London said. “We won a state championship last season and we want to follow that up this season.”
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 38,
STA-London 7 run (Cicero kick)
STA-Sands 4 run (Cicero kick)
STA-London 2 run (Cicero kick)
STA-Stewart 54 fumble return (Cicero kick)
STA-FG Courtney 32
NW-FG Piraquvie 30
STA-Peete 60 pass from Rizzo (McCourt kick)
Rushing (att-yds) -- NW: McKinney 5-(-23), McGee 1-0, Lamb 2-5, Stafford 3-11, Dowling 3-14, Robinson 7-24, Brown 12-53. STA: Rizzo 2-(-2), Freebeck 3-4, Gaines 7-16, Sands 8-48, London 15-99.
Passing (comp-att-int, yds)-- NW: Dowling 2-5-1, 24, McKinney 3-9-1, 27. STA: Rizzo 1-4-0, 60, Freebeck 7-12-1, 106.
Receiving (rec-yds-TD) -- NW: Mims 1-15, Gissendanner 2-16, Times 2-20. STA: Palheghyi 1-3, Holmes 1-20, Sands 2-25, Bender 2-50, Peete 2-68.