Lakeland Routs MacMurray 54-13
Athletics - posted on 10/9/2004
JACKSONVILLE, Ill. – The Lakeland College football team kept rolling through the Illini-Badger Conference Saturday, totaling nearly 600 yards of total offense in pounding host MacMurray 54-13.
Lakeland, averaging 42.4 points per game headed into Saturday, scored on their first possession of the game and rolled out to a 26-0 halftime lead against the Highlanders, who entered the game second in the Illini-Badger Conference in both scoring offense and defense. Lakeland is first in both categories.
Lakeland, 4-2 overall, improved to 3-0 in the IBFC with the win, and remains tied for first with Aurora, a 59-21 winner over Benedictine.
Junior quarterback Ryan Maiuri had a big day for the Muskies, rushing for 90 yards on 11 carries with two touchdowns, and completing 10 of 15 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown.
The Muskies had 583 total yards, including 388 rushing. Sophomore running back Marcus Denham had 100 yards on 17 carries and two TDs, while senior Kenny Grundy had a pair of TDs and Aaron Barrie added 53 rushing yards and a touchdown
The win sets up a showdown next Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Lakeland as the Muskies host Concordia of Mequon for their Homecoming game. Concordia, last year’s IBFC champion, beat Concordia of Illinois Saturday to improve to 3-1 in the league.
The Muskies have won three straight since a 48-28 loss at nationally-ranked UW-Whitewater in week three. Lakeland has outscored its three league opponents 177-20.
“Playing Whitewater was the whole deal,” Lakeland head coach Jim Zebrowski said. “We came out against a team ranked (in the top 20) in the country, and although we didn’t win, we gained 404 yards against them.”
Zebrowski said the Muskies have avoided fumbles despite a heavy reliance on the running game, and are playing with a high level on confidence. Lakeland did not turn the ball over Saturday despite 63 rushing attempts.
“Our kids just believe right now,” Zebrowski said. “We simplified our running game this season, and we do what we do pretty well. We just have fun on Saturdays – we don’t care who we’re playing.”
Defensively, Zebrowski said the Muskies turned in another solid effort. Sam Scharinger and David Benton each had a sack, while freshman Josh Schramm had an interception.
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