Lynx hope to get back on winning track against well-traveled Menlo

News-DemocratOctober 5, 2013 

— Lindenwood-Belleville's next opponent must travel more than halfway across the country to play the Lynx.

The Menlo College Oaks will log more than 2,100 miles from Atherton, Calif., located in Silicon Valley for their game against the Lynx at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lindenwood Stadium.

It's Lindenwood-Belleville's homecoming game.

"Because of their location and the number of NAIA schools out there, they struggle to get games," Lynx coach Jeff Fisher said. "What's neat is that I think we have teams from seven different states on the schedule this year."

Fisher said he doesn't expect the Oaks to have jet lag from the long trip.

"How you ever get used to it, I don't know, but they're used to it," Fisher said. "They travel pretty consistently. I was talking to their athletic director when we were trying to set the game up, and a normal road for them probably has a cost factor that is 2 1/2 times what a normal road trip is for us.

"They have a lot to work through, but they're used to it, they're familiar with it. It would be a bigger adjustment for us to do something like that than it is for them."

Today's game: Menlo College (2-3) at Lindenwood-Belleville (3-2), 1 p.m.

Last meeting: Have never met.

Lynx coach Jeff Fisher: "They're a good football team. They're athletic. It's interesting because it is so hard to tell based on relative talent because there is nothing to compare it to. It makes it hard to get a true bead on where they sit until they get here.

"For a lack of a better comparison, they remind me of Quincy in terms of what they do offensively and defensively. It'll be a tough game."

Lindenwood-Belleville's game plan: Lynx are looking to get their running game rolling again after Kameron Harris was limited to a season-low 31 yards on 15 carries last week in a 36-7 loss to Quincy University.

Key players: Lindenwood-Belleville -- QB Kerry Gibson (80 of 157 passing for 1,098 yards with 9 TDs and nine Ints.), Harris (96 carries for 629 yards and 8 TDs), WR Harvey Binford (10 catches for 285 yards and 4 TDs), WR Dylan Bradley (20 catches for 271 yards and 3 TDs), LB Adrian Williams (39 tackles, one sack), DB Trey Parker (38 tackles, 1 Int.) and DB Javaugh Tabbs (32 tackles, one fumble recovery). Menlo College -- QB Wade Hawkins (46 of 90 passing for 563 yards with 7 TDs and 1 Int.), RB Thomas Reynolds (55 carries for 243 yards and 4 TDs); WR Robert Gehre (16 catches for 168 yards and 3 TDs); WR Matt Belardes (10 catches for 206 yards and 1 TD); MLB Jaden Rosselli (39 tackles, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble) and DE Cameron Grad (29 tackles, 1.5 sacks)

Notes: The Oaks put up 645 yards of total offense last week in a 56-7 win over La Verne. They had 390 rushing yards with two runners gaining more than 100 yards. Jared Hakuole rushed 11 times for 169 yards and two touchdowns, while Brandon Bell rushed for 136 yards on 12 carries. ... This is the first of two trips east of the Mississippi River for the Oaks, who will play Division III Wesley College on Oct. 26 in Dover, Del. ... Lynx left tackle Zach Mitchell has an injured collarbone. Freshman Justin Kulich, who started against Culver-Stockton earlier this season, is Mitchell's backup.

Fun fact: First-year Menlo coach Mark Grieb played quarterback for 12 years with the San Jose Sabercats of the Arena Football League. He was a member of three Arena Bowl champions (2002, 2004 and 2007).

Contact reporter Steve Korte at or 239-2522.

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