WIN­STON SALEM STATE (1-0, 2-2) AT LIN­COLN (0-1, 1-3)

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - — Neil Geoghe­gan

6 p.m. at Lin­coln Football Sta­dium Ra­dio: none

What’s at Stake: If the Lions are se­ri­ous about im­prov­ing its sta­tus in the CIAA, a win over the Rams would be a good place to start. Last week­end’s 35-31 set­back at pre­vi­ously win­less St. Au­gus­tine’s was not a good sign. Lin­coln com­mit­ted 16 penal­ties for 129 yards, lost the turnover bat­tle 3-1, and the Lions con­tinue to have trou­ble run­ning the football af­ter be­ing out­gained 260-116. The lat­ter is dis­ap­point­ing be­cause LU is seem­ingly wast­ing its most po­tent weapon: RB Stephon Scott. The all-con­fer­ence se­nior is av­er­ag­ing just 3.0 yards per carry this sea­son.

His­tory: Lin­coln leads 2-0 in the series, but the last meet­ing came in 1948.

Keys to the Game: Sta­tis­ti­cally, these two teams are rel­a­tively even. Win­ston Salem State has a qual­ity RB in Te’Vaughn Tins­ley, and Lin­coln has had is­sues stop­ping the run. One of the few pos­i­tives of the loss to St. Aug’s is that it looks like the Lions have found a QB in fresh­man Ja­son Epps. The 6-foot-5 Epps was 22-for-33 for 338 yards and a TD, and also led the team in rush­ing (47 yards, TD). If LU can’t get its ground game un­tracked, it is go­ing to be a long sea­son.

Pre­dic­tion: Win­ston Salem State 30, Lin­coln 24.

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