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Lindenwood University, the new varsity program out of Missouri, spent the entire fall destroying opposition, averaging 87 points a game and topping 100 six times, including five in a row.
Head Coach Ron Laszewski has therefore turned to the club ranks to find more stern opposition. Saturday the result wasn't much different, as Lindenwood shut out the St. Louis Ramblers 81-0.
"After 25 minutes the score was 10-0," said Laszewski. "But then you got to see the difference of a team that trains five days a week and gets up at 6am to do weight training."
The young, fast, and much fitter Lindenwood team rambled over the Ramblers. Brendan Davis played superbly once again at flyhalf, running the offense, and with center Morgan Findlay out injured, Lincoln McGee stepped in without any difficulty.
Lindenwood also got a first run-out from Colorado Springs U19 product Tyler Black, who is back from shoulder surgery and looked solid.
"We upgraded this semester," said Laszewski. "We had some players who couldn't enroll until January, but they are with us now. The players are all working hard, they are young and talented, they like to tackle and defend, and they stick to the pattern."
So now Lindenwood will look for be truly tested, as they play the St. Louis Bombers next weekend, and then the Chicago Lions.
"The true test of a person and a team is how they handle adversity," said Laszewski. "Our guys have not been under that pressure, and we're hoping we will get it, and expose some things we can work on."