October 18, 2013

Statesmen entertain defending NAIA champs



Lake is leading the ground attack with 665 yards and six TDs. Gibson is also over the century mark at 153 yards.
Marian has committed seven turnovers so far this fall.
Defensively, the Knights are giving up an average of 22.8 points and 300.3 yards, including 166.8 passing and 133.5 rushing. Marian is 10th in the NAIA in yards allowed per game.
Ryan Hartnett leads Marian with 38 tackles, while Bryan Derence has four sacks. Two players have intercepted two passes.
The Knights have forced eight turnovers this year.
Sparks is perfect on the year, going 5-for-5 in extra points and 4-for-4 in field goals. Connor Cope is averaging 34.2 yards per punt over 31 attempts.
Clifford Brown guides the return game with a 34.6-yard kick average and a 6.5-yard punt average.
“They are a very experienced team with a national championship under their belt,” hafner said. “Their running back is one of the best in the country so we will really have to focus on stopping the run. Offensively, we will need to control the clock.”

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