BELLEVILLE — Brandon Bell ran for 137 yards and one touchdown in leading the Menlo Oaks over the Lindenwood-Belleville Lynx 30-22 on Saturday.
The Lynx dropped to 3-3.
The Lynx trailed 28-14 going into the fourth quarter, but moved within striking range on 1-yard touchdown run by Anthony Dorsey and a two-point conversion run by Kameron Harris with 6:22 left to play.
However, the Oaks were able to get three first downs and run out the clock to improve to 3-3.
"It was a little bit of a broken record,'' Lynx coach Jeff Fisher said of his team's third loss in its last four games. "We dug a deep hole and worked like crazy to get out of it, but we came up just short.''
Harris, an Althoff graduate, had 16 carries for 90 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman Jeremiah Clemon added 80 yards on 11 carries for the Lynx.
"We went to a lot more two-back stuff because people were really loading up on Kameron,'' Fisher said. "They were a good 1-2 punch. That was something we were able to do: Establish a stronger running game.''
Dorsey, who supplanted Kerry Gibson as the starting quarterback this week, completed 13 of 26 passes for 157 yards. He was intercepted once and sacked three times.
"He had a couple of rookie mistakes, but being his first time getting that nod, he operated pretty well,'' Fisher said of Dorsey, a freshman out of Proviso West High School in the Chicago suburb of Hillside.
The Oaks got on the scoreboard first thanks to a 33-yard pass from Wade Hawkins to Daniel Jones with 13:16 left in the first quarter.
Bell had a 1-yard touchdown run to put the Oaks ahead 14-0 with 8:12 left in the first quarter.
Harris had a 1-yard touchdown run to close the gap to 14-7 with 6:06 left in the first quarter.
Harris scored on a 10-yard touchdown run to tie the score at 14-14 with 4:22 remaining in the second quarter.
Hawkins threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Michael Alexander to pull Menlo back in front 21-14 before halftime.
Hawkins threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Robert Gehre in the third quarter to increase the Oaks' advantage to 28-14.
Hawkins completed 21 of 29 passes for 183 yards and three touchdowns. He had no interceptions, but he was sacked three times with Lindenwood-Belleville's T.J. Onstott, Matt Blacharczyk and Joe Wiltorek registering the takedowns.
Menlo had 354 yards of offense compared to 337 yards for the Lindenwood-Belleville.
The Lynx continue to be plagued by penalties. They were flagged 14 times for 116 yards, while Menlo was flagged only five times for 37 yards.
"I don't know what it is going to take before we turn the corner on it,'' Fisher said of the penalties. "Our guys work hard, really hard, but when you get a penalty, it becomes all for naught. We're banging our head against the wall.''
The Oaks had a huge advantage in time of possession as they had the ball for 40:11 compared to 22:29 for the Lynx.
Next up for the Lynx is Bethel College at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at McKenzie, Tenn., in the first of four straight road games.