Lakeland Muskies vs. Aurora Spartans Football Preview
Athletics - posted on 11/2/2006
The Lakeland College football team will look to finish the season on a winning note as they travel to Aurora University on Saturday.
Kickoff between the Muskies (5-4, 5-1 Illini-Badger Football Conference) and Spartans (4-4, 4-2) is at noon at Aurora Field in Aurora, Ill.
Lakeland is coming off a 34-0 shutout of Concordia University Chicago last weekend in River Forest, Ill.
"The big thing for us is finishing our season strong," said Lakeland head football coach Jim Zebrowski. "There is still a chance for us to tie for a conference championship. Even if we don't, our seniors will have the opportunity to finish their college career being one of the top two teams in the conference each year."
To pull off out the win, Lakeland will have to stop the Spartans running game. That means stopping freshman running back Ryne Reder who is fourth in IBFC in rushing with an average of 60.2 yards per game. Last week in the Spartan's 29-14 win over Eureka, Reder had 162 yards on 26 rushes and two TDs, including an 88-yard breakaway TD run in the third quarter.
The Muskies will again look for another outstanding effort from their defense, which has been stellar all season. The Lakeland defense held CUC to just 43 offensive yards last weekend.
Sophomore linebacker John Wagner had a dazzling performance against the Cougars with eight solo tackles and one assisted tackle as well as three sacks for a loss of eight yards. He leads the IBFC in sacks with eight and is also third in the conference in tackles.
The Muskies will depend on their running game this weekend. Freshman fullback Dominique Collins will be key to getting that running game rolling as he returns from an injury last week.
"I feel confident in our running game with Dominique's ankle feeling better this week," Zebrowski said.
Junior wide receiver MacArthur White will also be in full action against the Spartans. White leads the conference with an average of 6.33 receptions per game and has 57 receptions for season. He'll look to grab a four more this weekend to put himself into the Lakeland record books as fifth in school history for receptions in a season.
A big key for Lakeland will be minimizing mistakes. Last week against the Cougars, the Muskies were flagged for 17 penalties for 180 yards.
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