Buoyed by a competitive showing on the road against No. 20 St. Francis, the Lindenwood-Belleville Lynx return home for a Senior Day showdown with their third-straight ranked opponent, No. 14 Robert Morris.
The Lynx put 414 yards of total offense against on of the nation’s top five defense last week before falling to St. Francis 35-34. The performance was a noted improvement over the Lynx’s 69-13 loss to 10th-ranked Marian the week prior.
It was a big game for running back Kam Harris, who rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries.
“You hate it anytime you lose, but a game like that, where you go in an compete, is good for this program,” Harris said. “This is a really young team across the board. You have to get the guys to believe in the program and I feel like that game helped the team believe a little bit more.”
Harris played his high school football at Althoff, which also calls the turf at Lynx Stadium its football home. Saturday will be the Lynx’s final home game of the season and, very likely the last game Harris will play on the candy-striped field.
“We still have three more games ahead of us and I still have goals I want to achieve, so I really hadn’t thought about that,” he said. “Man, I’ve played a lot of football on that field.”
SATURDAY’S GAME: No. 14 Robert Morris (Ill.) Eagles (5-2) at Lindenwood-Belleville (2-5), 1 p.m.
SERIES HISTORY: The Lynx are 0-2 all-time against Robert Morris. The Eagles won the teams’ last meeting, 37-7, on Nov. 1, 2014.
LAST WEEK: LU-B fell to No. 20 St. Francis (Ill.) 35-34; Robert Morris lost, 38-29, to No. 7 St. Francis (Ind.)
Despite the loss to St. Francis, the Lynx are coming off one of their best performances of the season. Quarterback Tarean Austin completed 14 of 25 passes for 209 yards and three touchdowns. For the season, he has completed 47 percent of his passes for 1,287 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Harris has 656 yards rushing and is on pace for 937 yards for the season. Walter Jackson is the leading receiver with 523 yards and eight touchdowns.
Defensively, Eric Sadowski leads the Lynx with 54 tackles and has an interception. Trey Parker, Quincy Foster and Arvid Peck each have two interceptions to lead the team and Tyrus Brothers leads with 2.5 sacks.
Scouting Robert Morris
The Eagles have put four quarterbacks under center this year. Byron Dawkins has gotten most of the snaps and has completed 46 percent of 169 pass attempts for 984 yards and eight touchdowns.
Robert Morris averages more than 175 yards rushing per game, however, and is led by Raheem Gardner’s 770 yards and six touchdowns.
Defensively, the team allows an average of 20.6 points on 315 yards per game.
Included on the Eagles’ roster is sophomore defensive back Nick Hawthorne from Althoff, freshman defensive back Ryan Betts of Belleville East, and freshman kicker Trentan Dailey of Edwardsville.