The Lindenwood University-Belleville football team will have its toughest test to date on Saturday afternoon when they take on No. 3-ranked University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Ind.
The Mid-States Football Association game kicks off at noon.
SCOUTING THE LYNX: The Lynx (0-3, 0-1 MSFA), are coming off a tough 24-19 outing against St. Ambrose University. They totaled 314 yards and were paced by quarterback Darrien Boone who completed 21-of-34 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown.
On the season, the Lynx defense has been stout, as it has allowed just 88.3 yards on the ground which ranks it 10th nationally. Standing out is Cody Sands as his 8.5 tackles for loss is third in the NAIA and currently is tied with Parker with 19 tackles.
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Althoff graduate Vinton Harris is a force on the defensive line the Lynx trot out each weekend. He has 4.5 sacks already in three games and that places him fifth overall in the NAIA.
Cotton, an O'Fallon High School graduate, continues to play well with his 18 tackles, while Jevar Glove and Adnan Al-Amami have earned 15 and 14 respectively.
SCOUTING ST. FRANCIS: USF is rolling right along in 2016 having outscored its opponents 129-40 in three games. The team is coming off an impressive 37-6 victory over Taylor University in its last time out.
The Cougars outgained Taylor 482-227, led by quarterback Nick Ferrer.
The Westfield, Indiana native went 22-of-33 for 295 yards and tossed five touchdowns. The Cougars found just as much success running the ball as P.J. Dean had 13 carries for a game-high 112 yards.
The offensive line ranks No. 1 nationally in fewest sacks allowed. In turn, it's allowed Ferrer to average 334.0 yards per game and put up 43 points per game, which ranks USF seventh in the NAIA.
On the year, Ferrer is 61-of-98 for 962 yards and 10 touchdowns. He's also averaging 320.7 yards per game. Ferrer's success can be attributed to wide receiver Seth Coate as he's caught 10 passes for 248 yards and four touchdowns.
The Cougars have also been able to beat teams with its trio of running backs as Aaron Harris is leading them with 24 carries for 178 yards and four touchdowns. Justin Green has a team-high 27 carries for 168 yards and two touchdowns while Dean has accumulated 150 yards.