Southern football plays host to Lindenwood-Belleville for Senior Day
Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern football team will step out of MIAA action this week as the Lions play host to Lindenwood University-Belleville in non-conference action. Kickoff from Fred G. Hughes Stadium in the Robert W. Plaster Sports Complex will be at 2 pm.
Game 9: Missouri Southern State University Lions (5-3, 4-3 MIAA)
vs. Lindenwood Belleville Lynx (3-6)
Date: Saturday, November 9, 2013
Kickoff: 2 pm
Location: Joplin, Mo. • Fred G. Hughes Stadium/Robert W. Plaster Sports Complex (7,000)
Media Coverage: Radio - 97.9 FM | Internet Radio - www.mssulions.com | Live Video - www.mssulions.com
The Series: This is the first-ever meeting of the two schools. LU-Belleville's main campus is Lindenwood University located in St. Charles who is a member of the MIAA.
A Victory VS. Lindenwood-Belleville Would: give the Lions six wins and clinch a winning season. It would be the first time since 95-97 that the Lions had had back-to-back winning seasons. It would be the first win in the series with the Lynx.
The Dish on the Lynx: LU - Belleville is 3-6 on the season with wins coming over NAIA foes Culver Stockton and Central Methodist, as well as a 49-29 win over Division II Kentucky Wesleyan. The Lynx have lost their last five games in a row, including losses against Division II opponents Arkansas-Monticello and Quincy.
Quarterback Kerry Gibson leads the balanced attack for the Lynx as he has 1,098 yards on 80-157 passing and nine touchdowns. Anthony Dorsey has also seen action at quarterback, but is mainly used in a rushing situation. Kameron Harris has the bulk of the carries for the Lynx as he has ammased 1064 yards on 170 carries for 13 touchdowns. Harvey Binford has six touchdown receptions, while Dylan Bradley and Evan McFadden have three and two, respectively.
Defensively, the Lynx are led by TJ Onstott as he has 75 tackles, 42 solo, including 10.5 tackles for a loss. Matt Blacharczyk leads the team with six sacks and Jahad Riley has a team-high two interceptions.
Lindenwood-Belleville will finish of the regular season next weekend with a game at home against Haskell.
Winning Seasons: The Lions are attempting to post back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since the 1995, 1996 and 1997 seasons. A win this weekend against Lindenwood would guarantee a winning season for Southern.
National Leaders: After seven games, the Lions rank fourth in rushing, while ranking 15th in sacks allowed and 22nd in passing efficiency.
MIAA Leaders: Southern leads the MIAA in rushing, while ranking third in sacks allowed, and fourth in rushing defense, sacks and total defense.
Tough League/Region: Currently there are two undefeated teams in the MIAA and five teams ranked in the top 25 (Northwest Missouri - 2, Pittsburg State - 6, Emporia State - 10, Washburn - 15, Missouri Western - 22. When you factor in the teams from the rest of Super Region 3, the region has five of the top six teams nationally, seven in the top 15 and nine teams are ranked in the top 25.
Regional Rankings: The NCAA's first set of regional rankings came out this week and Northwest Missouri sits atop the Super Region 3 Poll. Pittsburg State, Emporia State, Washburn and Missouri Western sit 6-9 in the poll.