Muskies look for second conference win
Athletics - posted on 11/2/2010
The Lakeland College football team will be eyeing its second conference win when the Muskies travel to Watertown, Wis., to face Maranatha Baptist Bible College this Saturday at noon.
The Muskies (2-6, 1-4 NAC) are coming off a tough 46-21 home loss to Benedictine last Saturday. The Crusaders (0-8, 0-5 NAC) are coming off a 49-21 setback against Concordia University Chicago.
Crusaders' senior quarterback Phil Littrell leads an offense that is averaging just 172.6 yards per game, 63.6 rushing and 109 passing. Littrell has completed 78 of 144 passes for 740 yards, six touchdowns and nine interceptions. His favorite target this season has been sophomore wide receiver/running back Logan Beer. Beer not only leads the team in receiving with 30 catches for 314 yards and four touchdowns, he also is the team's second leading rusher, gaining 189 yards on 63 carries with one touchdown.
The Crusaders' running game features two other running backs, sophomore Ethan Lane and freshman Josiah Brendemuehl. Lane leads the team with 199 yards on 63 carries and two touchdowns. Brendemuehl has 158 yards on 44 carries and one touchdown.
"Defensively, this is a big week for us," said Lakeland defensive coordinator Colin Bruton. "We match up pretty well against them and have been successful in the past. We need to take care of our assignments and focus on our own game and play to our capability. If we can limit their passing opportunities and play within ourselves, we will be in pretty good shape."
Lakeland senior quarterback Jake Dworak leads an offense that is averaging 272.6 yards per game, 78.4 rushing and 194.2 passing. Dworak has completed 121 of 278 passes for 1,547 yards, 11 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
Lakeland is getting good production from its receivers this season, led by senior Roberto Flores, who leads the team with 49 catches for 690 yards and six touchdowns. Senior tight end Eric Zuelsdorf continues to play well and is second on the team with 21 catches for 255 yards and three touchdowns.
"Offensively, we need to have better ball protection, move the chains, not get greedy and always looking for the big play," said Lakeland head coach Kevin Doherty. "We need to maintain our assignments and play hard. Maranatha never gets discouraged and plays hard the entire game. We need to play a solid four quarters of football and keep our emotions in check."
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