LANGSTON, Okla. – The Lyon College football team will now try to play the role of spoiler heading into the tenth game of the 2016 season when the Scots travel to W.E. Anderson Stadium Saturday for a matchup against 25th-ranked Langston University. This game could knock the Lions out of the Central States Football League chase if Lyon pulls off the win. The Lions enter the game with a three-game conference winning streak.
Saturday's contest, which kicks off at 2 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 Blake Smith bringing the live action. The pregame show will get underway at 1:30 p.m. Free livestats will also be available (see link below).
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HOW THE CSFL RACE IS SHAPING UP
This will be a huge week in the CSFL, as four of the five top teams will be playing each other. No. 22-ranked Wayland Baptist (7-1, 4-0 CSFL) will visit defending conference championship (RV) Arizona Christian University (5-3, 4-0 CSFL) at 9 p.m. (CST) on Saturday, with the winner taking over sole possession of first place in the league and locking up a share of the CSFL title with one game remaining. Langston (5-2, 3-1 CSFL), which is one game out of first place will move into a second-place tie with a win. Lyon (3-6, 2-3 CSFL), which is tied with Bacone College (2-7, 2-3 CSFL) and tied for fourth place, will look to knock off the Lions. In the other game, Texas College (0-8, 0-5 CSFL) will visit Southwestern Assemblies of God University (3-6, 1-4 CSFL) at 2 p.m.
Lyon College will face a Langston team that is red-hot when the Scots battle the Lions in Week 11 on Saturday... Lyon will be out to capture its first road win since restarting the program a year ago. The Scots are currently 0-8 away from home since the beginning of last season and 0-3 this year. Lyon has also lost two straight after winning 3 of 4... The Lions have won their last three games, all conference matchups, knocking off Bacone, 33-32, Southwestern Assemblies of God, 63-10, and Texas College, 70-13, in the last three weeks.
BOWLES CLOSING IN ON TEAM RECORD
Lyon continues to lead the CSFL in rushing yards per game, picking up 273.7 yards a contest. Langston is No. 2 at 262... The Scots are No. 4 in scoring offense (27.0), No. 5 in total offense/game (392.7), No. 4 in points allowed per game (39.8) and fifth in sacks per game (1.2)... Michael Bowles (SR/Earle, Ark.) continues to run away with the league's rushing title, averaging 131.8 yards a game, which is 25.2 yards per game better than Johnny Thomas of Bacone (105.6). Bowles, a senior, has run for 1,186 yards (third in the nation) this season, after finishing with 1,431 as a junior last season, meaning he is 246 yards short of breaking his own single-season team record. He has surpassed the 100-yard mark six times this season, compared to eight times last year... Tre Hawkins (SO/Houston, Texas) is the No. 1 punt returner in the CSFL, averaging 12.0 yards a return. He is also seventh in the nation in kickoff return average, picking up 29.2 yards per return… Quarterback Dwane Robinson (SO/Palm Bay, Fla.) is No. 2 on Scots in rushing, gaining 643 yards on 122 carries, while scoring nine touchdowns. Robinson has also completed 76-of-147 passes for 774 yards, six touchdowns and six interceptions… His favorite target is Bowles, with 21 catches for 122 yards and two scores. Jonathan Hendrix (SO/Batesville, Ark.) is second with 20 receptions for 187 yards and three TDs.
SIZING UP THE HIGH-SCORING LIONS
Langston has the No. 1 scoring offense in the CSFL, scoring 39 points a game... The Lions also have the No. 1 total offense, piling up 492.7 points a game, with the No. 2 rushing offense (262.0) and No. 3 passing offense (230.7). Langston also has the best scoring defense, giving up 22.1 points a contest, and the No. 1 defense in yardage allowed per game, allowing 305.3... The Lions are No. 1 in sacks per game (3.1)... Langston is led on the ground by Kievon Jackson, who has gained 630 yards rushing on 99 carries. He has also scored 10 times. Mark Wright, Jr. is the second-leading ground gainer, with 440 yards and six scores. Norbert Ralph IV has picked up 310 yards on the ground and scored twice... Wright has completed 95-of-177 passes (53.7%) for 1,258 yards, six touchdowns and six interceptions... Bruce Thompson is the leading receiver with 21 catches for 230 yards and a score. Jackson has pulled in 15 passes for 234 yards, Darius White has 15 receptions for 253 yards and Daylon Person has pulled in 15 for 177 yards.
LYON DEFENSE WILL HAVE ITS HANDS FULL
DeAngelo Crawford (FR/Jonesboro, Ark.) continues to lead the Lyon defense with 67 tackles, four tackles for losses and two recovered fumbles… Cedric Cooney (SO/Lonoke, Ark.) is second with 54 stops, including a team-high 30 solo tackles. Stephen Benedik (SO/Panama City, Fla.) is third in tackles, with 48, while Taylor Thibeau (SO/Kennedale, Texas) is fourth at 47.
WHAT COACH PHELPS SAYS ABOUT THE LION OFFENSE
"Langston is a very athletic team. They run the spread (offense) and have no problem scoring points. They spread you around a lot on defense. They run a couple different quarterbacks, they run the 'wildcat' formation and a lot of different formations for you to look at. They run and they throw and everybody is athletic. We've got to be fundamentally sound on defense and we have to be in the right gaps and in the right coverage in our passing defense. We've got to be very detailed on defense. But our game plan will be set up for success and the players just have to go out there and execute."
COACH PHELPS TALKS ABOUT THE LYON OFFENSE VS. LANGSTON
"Defensively they're athletic too. They're probably going to put a lot of players in the box, like most team do. But we are still going to have to run the football. Our offense is different than most in the conference and we will try to continue to grind out yards on the ground and then balance our attack with a good passing game."
WHAT'S UP NEXT AFTER THE LANGSTON GAME
Lyon will close out the 2016 season on Saturday, November 12, in St. Louis with a non-conference matchup against Missouri Baptist University at 2 p.m. The Spartans enter play this week with a 2-7 season record.