College Sports

Metro-east players will litter the football field at Lindenwood

The candy-striped field at Lindenwood University-Belleville will be the site of a southwestern Illinois football reunion Saturday.

The rosters of the Lindenwood Lynx and Missouri Baptist will bring together 23 former metro-east high school players together for a MidStates Football Association game, which kicks off at 1 p.m.

Among them will be Missouri Baptist freshman Isaiah King, who comes into the game ranked 15th in the nation in receiving yardage. The Belleville East freshman and BND All-Area selection has 18 receptions for 471 yards and 6 touchdowns.

King also ranks 30th in NAIA Division I in total scoring (36 points).

Missouri Baptist third-year head coach Jason Burnianek, also has metro-east ties having been the offensive coordinator at Belleville West for two seasons and a wide receivers coach at McKendree.

KICKOFF: Missouri Baptist Spartans (1-4, 1-2) at Lindenwood-Belleville (0-4, 0-2), 1 p.m.

SCOUTING LU-B: Prior to its bye week, the Lynx absorbed a 63-7 loss to then No. 2-ranked Saint Francis University.

On the season, quarterback Darrien Boone is 83-of-144 for 773 yards and one touchdown, but has been intercepted six times. Former Belleville West Maroon Donnie Foster continues to lead the wide receivers with 23 catches for 216 yards.

The running game, meanwhile, has a net yardage of 340 yards thus far and they'll look to Jahleel Griffin to lead them against MBU. The Chicago native, has 24 carries for 115 yards, while Boone has rushed 50 times for 161 yards and a touchdown.

On the defensive side of the ball, Belleville West's Trey Parker pushed his season tackle total up to 26 on the year, with 21 being solo. He also leads the team with two interceptions. Parker has also found success for the Lynx on kick-off returns as he's had seven for 186 yards. His 26.6 yards per attempt ranks him 17th overall in the NAIA.

Mike Cotton, a Belleville East product, and Cody Sands both continue to be a disruptive duo in the backfield as they've each totaled 23 tackles. Sands currently ranks first in tackles for loss per game (2.4) and seventh in total tackles for loss (9.5).

SCOUTING MO-BAP: Missouri Baptist picked up its first win on the year and just its second in program history be defeated the Taylor University Trojans, 43-42.

The Spartans totaled 503 yards on the day, most of which can be attributed to quarterback Gunnar Griffin's performance. He went 28-of-46 for 481 yards, with four touchdowns through the air and another on the ground.

On the year, Griffin, is 29-of-54 for 487 yards and four touchdowns. He shares time with Jerseyville product, William Ritchey, who is 33-of-57 for 469 yards, four TD's and three interceptions.

In addition to King, the MBU quarterback tandem has connected seven times with former Mascoutah wide receiver Mike Biekert, a junior. The offensive line includes Belleville East product C.J. Miller and Jacob Brown, a sophomore out of Belleville West.

Defensively, Keenan Savage leads the team with 46 tackles, 6.5 of which are for a loss for 20 yards. Eddie Calderon has a team-high 34 solo tackles and two interceptions, while Shawn Gary is tied with Savage with 13 assisted tackles.