LU-Belleville already made national news before they even played a down when they unveiled the red (maroon) and gray EnviroTurf field as part of a $2.3 million stadium renovation. It received mixed reviews with pundits labeling it everything from a candy cane to barbershop pole (now add Peppermint Valley to the list).
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Lynx freshman quarterback Kerry Gibson (6'2" 185) is a fun player to watch. Gibson is a dual threat that likes to sling the ball down field. He completed 12 of 21 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns plus 70 rushing yards after being inserted into the game in the second quarter for starter Trey Phipps. Freshman wide receiver Harvey Binford (6'1" 175) had five catches for 126 yards with a touchdown and senior tailback Dominick Sherman (5'11" 195) rushed for 107 yards on 18 carries including a TD.
Most of the talent for the Lynx is concentrated at the skill positions as expected in lower level college football, but Belleville does have Ball State transfer Derrick Henry (6'2" 195 ) at defensive back and on special teams. He returned a kick off 85 yards for touchdown in the second quarter. In high school, Henry ran a 4.53 secs 40-yard dash (Rivals.com) and at Ball State, he had 98 tackles with three forced turnovers in three seasons (BallStateSports.com).
LU-Belleville had the lead most of the second half after a back and forth first half, but Avila was able to make it closer at the end. For a team to win while scoring 43 points in their first game ever played is impressive even though expectations are not high early on.
LU-B coach Jeff Fisher spoke about the team, "What you have is a unique group. You have the kids that we recruited and you have the kids that recruited us. The way that these guys have meshed together has just been tremendous." (BND.com)
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