Lynx have short week to prepare for Central Methodist

News-DemocratSeptember 4, 2013 

A short turnaround faces the Lindenwood-Belleville Lynx after opening their season with a 29-23 victory over Culver-Stockton last Saturday in a game that took almost 4 1/2 hours to play because of a lightning delay.

The Lynx will play the Central Methodist Eagles on Thursday night in Fayette, Mo.

"When we originally scheduled the game, we were concerned about the short week and the quick turnaround, and honestly I don't think the game (against Culver-Stockton) could have gone any worse other than not getting a 'W' from that perspective,'' Lynx coach Jeff Fisher said. "The game was very long and it got extended with the lightning. These are 18-19-20-year-old kids, they're resilient. They would have gone out and played on Sunday if they needed to.''

Despite being a physical game, Fisher said the Lynx came out of the win against Culver-Stockton fairly healthy.

The Eagles, who went 0-10 last season, will be playing their season opener.

"Which is good and bad,'' Fisher said. "We've not had an opportunity to see them play. They were able to come to our game and get an evaluation from that perspective. That's the negative.

"The positive is that we have a little bit of game experience under our belt. Hopefully, that will help us out.''

Today's game: Lindenwood-Belleville (1-0) at Central Methodist University, 7 p.m. in Fayette, Mo.

Last meeting: Lindenwood-Belleville edged Central Methodist as Matthew Marler threw for 200 yards and two touchdowns.

Lindenwood-Belleville coach Jeff Fisher: "Last year, it was right after lost (quarterback) Kerry (Gibson) and we were pretty beat up. They were in a similar situation having lost a couple of quarterbacks as well. It was a heated game. I'm sure that will give them a little extra fuel for the fire being an established program and not being able to come out with a 'W' against an upstart program.''

Lindenwood-Belleville's game plan: Keep the Eagles' defense off balance by mixing the pass with the run.

Central Methodist's game plan: After being more ground-and-pound on offense last year (they averaged 255 rushing yards per game), the Eagles are going to a spread offense this season.

Key players: Lindenwood-Belleville -- QB Kerry Gibson (10 of 28 passing for 226 yards and one touchdown), RB Kameron Harris (19 carries for 109 yards and two touchdowns), WR Harvey Binford (four catches for 142 yards and one touchdown), DB Trey Parker (nine tackles), Adrian Williams (eight tackles and a sack); Central Methodist -- OL Bo Amos, RB Maurice Coon, QB Kaleb Borghardt, LB Conner White, DB Ryan Restemayer.

Fun fact: Adding to the rivalry is the fact that former Lindenwood-Belleville offensive coordinator Doug Brady is the Eagles' quarterback coach. Central Methodist wide receiver Martin Bayless Jr. played for the Lynx last year, while Lindenwood-Belleville offensive lineman Michael Glover played previously for the Eagles.

Notes: The game is the first-ever Thursday night contest for the Lynx. ... Central Methodist's Jody Ford enters his second season as head coach and fifth season as defensive coordinator. He was the head coach at Mayville State University in Mayville, N.D., two years before coming to Central Methodist. ... Fans can follow the game with live audio and statistics by going to the link provided on the football schedule page at school's web site:

Contact reporter Steve Korte at or 239-2522.

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