WTF College Football? MSU gets a BYE after a lackluster performance against Furman. Furman? Really? Spartans have a lot of work to do. The O line didn’t open the holes. LJ Scott ran hard and was one of a few bright spots for MSU this past Saturday.
What are we going to do this week? SpartyMSU.com is covering the NAIA Heartland Conference when the Avila Eagles (Kansas City) host the Peru College (Peru NE) Bobcats this Saturday. Peru College is undefeated and is playing “angry football” since the Coaches Poll dissed them by not giving them any votes. So what happens. . .
They ran up the score against highly regarded Evangel University- 42-10. Peru’s stud Running Back- Audsley- is averaging 92 yards per game. Over two games, Peru has scored 11 TDs- 9 rushing while only giving up 3 touchdowns. They are a “grind it out” team.
Avila University (the guys we’re rooting for) started the season with two losses against Graceland (16-9) and Benedictine College (58-6) The Benedictine game got out of hand quickly- 17-0 midway in the first half- and 3 fumbles lost. Not a good day at all! Avila is looking to knock off the red-hot Bobcats and get back into the conference race. Hey the season’s young, why not?
When the Avila Eagles have the ball, watch Junior Quarterback Jordan Radenaugh, look for the Malik Brothers- Richards and Dungee. These two Senior Receivers can haul- in the ball. Look for them to exert their leadership on offense.
On defense, look for Senior Linebacker Aaron Wiggins to have a huge game if Avila has any hope of containing Audsley and Peru College. Wiggins is coming back from a serious knee injury in 2015. If he can regain his form- 130 tackles with 5 sacks in 29 starts- Avila will make a game of it.
Prediction: Wiggins and the defense will play the game of their lives. The team needs them to step up and they do because the offense moves the ball, but has trouble scoring. The Peru College defense covers the Malik Brothers like a down comforter on a king-size bed. Jordan Radenbaugh is forced to “dash and dink” buying time with his legs until he finds his tandem of Tight-Ends (Luke Oldham and Wes Page) who are the best tight ends this side of Butt- Jake Butt that is. Oldham has a good game but, Senior, Wes Page hauls in 6 passes to keep the offense moving and Avila in the game.
With only five seconds remaining on the clock, the score is tied 17-17. On a day when we “Kick it for Kid’s Cancer Research,” Freshman kicker Landen Nealy nails a 35 yard field goal as time expires. Eagles Win! Eagles Win! 20-17.