Updated: October 24, 2012 9:37PM
1 p.m. Saturday at Vago Field
Last week: Lakeland lost to Concordia-Wisconsin, 23-16; Aurora University lost to Concordia-Chicago, 38-34
Lakeland outlook: Muskies, who are coached by former AU player and coach Kevin Doherty, are 2-5 overall and 2-2 in the Northern Athletics Conference. The record is a bit misleading. Only Carthage College handled Lakeland with ease, beating the Muskies 49-9. They’ve been in every other game because Lakeland loves to play defense. Taking away the 49 points allowed against Carthage, Lakeland has given up just 119 points. Senior linebacker Bruce Romagnoli has 55 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 of Lakeland’s 24 quarterback sacks. Senior defensive lineman Trevor Tanck has four sacks. Dylan VanStraten, a junior, is the starting quarterback and AU will want him to put the ball in the air. VanStraten has been intercepted 10 times.
AU outlook: Spartans gained some confidence playing undefeated Concordia to a standstill and on the road to boot. “We were the offensive football team we thought we’d be. I was happy with everything but the outcome,” AU coach Mark Walsh said. Even so, a loss is still a loss and the Spartans left River Forest 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the NAC. Spartans can win their final three games, especially since the next two are at home and the finale is at lowly Rockford. Quarterback Jimmy Bevell was a master against Concordia, completing 27 of 32 passes for 337 yards and four touchdowns. He has a group of six receivers to throw to which makes AU’s passing attack dangerous. AU must get off to a quick start against Lakeland which has been outscored 53-27 in the first quarter.
Quote: “They (the Muskies) are capable of playing everyone tough. Kevin played for us and coached for us so there is all of that too,” Walsh said.
Next week: The Spartans remain at home to face Concordia-Wisconsin starting at 1 p.m. at Vago Field on Saturday.