Updated: November 13, 2012 6:33AM
1 p.m. Saturday
at Vago Field
Last week: Wisconsin Lutheran lost to Concordia-Chicago 21-9; AU defeated Benedictine 41-30.
Wisconsin Lutheran outlook: The Warriors, like the Spartans, are 3-2 overall, but they are 1-1 in the Northern Athletics Conference and can’t afford another loss this early. The Warriors have a veteran offense paced by senior quarterback Zach Shaw (Warren High School). He has thrown for 991 yards and nine touchdowns but has also been intercepted nine times.
Senior wide receiver Josh Stodala has 31 receptions for 605 yards and eight touchdowns. Stodala averages 19 yards per catch. The defense has forced 10 fumbles and has 10 quarterback sacks, and they’ve thrown the opposition for 181 yards in losses.
AU outlook: The Spartans have to be sky-high after knocking off Benedictine a week ago but can’t be overconfident against a very good Wisconsin Lutheran team. “When I look at the film I am impressed with what they do,” AU head coach Mark Walsh said.
The same could be said for anyone watching AU game clips. Senior quarterback Jimmy Bevell has found a comfort zone with talented freshmen receivers Lorenzo Williams and Michael Beasley-Hart, and the Spartans have been able to run the ball effectively. The offensive line is jelling, and the defense tends to give up yards but seems to buckle down when backed against the wall.
Quote: “I see us getting better as the season goes on. Every coach in every sport wants his team playing their best at the end of the year,” Walsh said.
Next week: The Spartans travel to River Forest to play undefeated Concordia-Chicago at 1 p.m. Wisconsin Lutheran hosts Benedictine University.
— Bill Kindt