BATESVILLE, Ark. – One of the most dangerous types of teams to play is a young, hungry squad with momentum.
The Lyon College football team is starting to get the taste of victory and liking it. Having won two of its last three games, the Scots have gained momentum in the Central States Football League chase and are looking at moving up from its current position in third place with four league games remaining. Lyon will try to continue forward roll after its exciting come-from-behind 48-42 overtime win over Southwestern Assemblies of God University when the Scots host winless Texas College in a crucial league matchup Saturday at Pioneer Stadium.
The contest, which kicks off at 3 p.m., will air (audio) on KZLE-FM Radio (93.1) and on the station's website (see below), with "Big Daddy" Randy Alan and Mark Lamberth bringing the live action. The pregame show will get underway at 2:30 p.m. The game will also be streamed live on the Scots Digital Network (see link below) for $9.95. Tickets will go on sale when gates open at 1:30 p.m. Adult admission is $5, with children six and under admitted free. Tailgating is expected to be in full force by 1 p.m. This is also a 'Pink Out' game, as fans are urged to wear pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
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The Lyon College football team is looking for even its all-time series with Texas College when the Scots and Steers meet for the second time on Saturday. Last season the Scots traveled to Tyler, Texas and the Steers held on for a 21-14 victory... Lyon is currently 2-4 on the year and 1-1 in Central States Football League action. The Scots are in third place in the league, one game behind league leader Bacone College (2-3, 2-0 CSFL) and one-half game behind Arizona Christian (2-2, 1-0 CSFL). The Scots are 2-2 in home games this season... Texas College is winless on the year at 0-4, sitting at 0-1 in conference play and in a three-way tie for the final spot in the league chase.
BOWLES, LYON RUSHING ATTACK ONE OF BEST
The Lyon ground game is one of the best in the country, ranked fourth in the nation with 1,715 yards, fifth in rushing yards per game (285.8), seventh in fourth-down conversions (69.2%), 19th in total points scored (177), 28th in first downs per game (21.7) and 32nd in third-down conversions (38.8%)... The Scots finished the entire 2015 season with 2,004 yards, averaging 182.2 yards per game and 4.1 yards per rush. With five games remaining this season, Lyon is just 289 yards short of breaking last year's rushing record. The Scots are piling up 285.8 yards per game on the ground and 6.3-yards per rush... Michael Bowles (SR/Earle, Ark.) is the No. 3 ground gainer in the country with 765 yards. Dwane Robinson (SO/Palm Bay, Fla.) is second on the team and 36th in the nation in rushing with 388 yards… Robinson is also completing 56.8% (50-of-88) of his passes this season for 443 yards, with two touchdowns and three interceptions… Bowles is the leading receiver for Lyon with 14 catches for 58 yards and a score. Joe Mahe (JR/Makawao, Hawaii) and Jonathan Hendrix (SO/Batesville, Ark.) are tied for second with 11 catches apiece. Mahe has 98 yards, while Hendrix has accumulated 81.
LYON DEFENSE GETTING HEALTHEIR, STIFFENS
The Scots' defense is getting healthier, and stronger. Defensive end Nick Bernier (SO/Sarasota, Fla.) returned last week after a one game absence and finished with four tackles, while free safety Stephen Benedik (SO/Panama City, Fla.) (pictured below, left) returns to the lineup this week after missing three games with a thumb injury. Braydon Pender (FR/Thayer, Mo.), who is tied for the team lead (37) in tackles, is out for the season… Cedric Cooney (SO/Lonoke, Ark.) (pictured below, right) has posted 37 tackles this season, followed by DeAngelo Crawford (FR/Jonesboro, Ark.) and Taylor Thibeau (SO/Kennedale, Texas) with 34 stops apiece… Lyon's defense only allowed 14 points in the second half and overtime against SAGU last week and only seven points in the fourth quarter and extra period… The Scots limited the Lions to minus-2 yards in overtime before Jon Alexander (SO/Vilonia, Ark.) blocked the field goal attempt.
SIZING UP THE STEERS
Texas College has lost to Lane College (44-6), Louisiana College (49-18), McMurry University (63-6) and Bacone (35-26) this season... Santonio Mapp is the leading rusher with 141 yards, while Sean Stell is the top passer, completing 50-of-85 passes for 543 yards, four touchdowns and six picks. Curtez Griffin is the leading receiver, with 20 catches for 247 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Phillip Callier is second with 16 receptions for 84 yards and a score.
PINK OUT GAME
Fans coming to Pioneer Stadium for Saturday's game are urged to wear pink and join the Scots in their support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each Lyon player has donated at least $5 toward the cause and will be wearing pink for the game to support this worthy cause through the United Way. The Scots are asking fans to donate when they come to the stadium. Last week more than $83 was raised toward this effort… All money raised will remain in Independence County.
WHAT COACH KYLE PHELPS SAYS ABOUT THE STEER OFFENSE
"Texas College has a mobile quarterback and a lot of talented guys on offense, both at the wide receiver and running back spots, as well. They have a big offensive line that will try to move our guys out. They will try to spread the ball around, with both the running and passing games. They're a good football team; they've just played some good opponents early in the season thus far. They're going to be a tough team to beat."
WHAT PHELPS SAYS ABOUT THE STEER DEFENSE
"They play a four-man (defensive) front, like we do. They don't have 300 pounds all the way across the (the defensive line), but they do have a couple of defensive tackles that weight about 300. I think they're going to be physical and we're going to have to wear them down and move them out just like we did last week against SAGU."
WHAT'S UP NEXT AFTER THE TEXAS COLLEGE GAME
Lyon College will enjoy an open week on October 15. The Scots will then host Arizona Christian University on October 22 in the Scots' 2016 Homecoming game. The kickoff is set for 6 p.m. and be the final home game of 2016. Lyon's final three games are on the road, at Wayland Baptist University (Oct. 29, 2 p.m.), at Langston University (Nov. 5, 2 p.m.) and at Missouri Baptist University (Nov. 12, 2 p.m.).