This Saturday, the Lions will line up against the Towson Tigers for the first time in two years, during which they’ll try to use homefield advantage to avenge a 31-24 loss back in September 2008. On the other side of the ball, the Tigers will be trying to maintain a 3-0 win streak against the Lions. This will only be the teams’ fourth matchup in the past thirty years.
Several key offensive stars will aid the Tigers in their attempt to go 4-0 in their series against the Lions. For the second consecutive week, the Lions will be facing a dual-threat signal-caller in Chris Hart. Thus far, Chris Hart has led the Tigers to a 1-2 record while passing for 339 yards and 6 touchdowns. Hart has also rushed this season for an additional 223 yards on 45 attempts, averaging nearly 5 yards per carry.
Hart’s best game of the season was two weeks ago, during which he led the Tigers to a thrilling 47-45 win over Coastal Carolina in quintuple overtime. Trailing Coastal Carolina 21-7 in the fourth quarter, Chris Hart marched the Tigers down the field twice, passing for two touchdowns and tying the game, forcing overtime.
However, the Tigers are no one-man show. Aiding Hart is senior wide receiver Hakeem Moore. Moore has had a phenomenal season so far in 2010. With only 8 receptions this season, Moore, has an impressive 242 receiving yards, averaging over 30 yards per reception. Moore has also proven to be Chris Hart’s best friend in the end zone—of Hart’s 6 touchdown passes this season, four have been reeled in by Moore.
Yet a solid start to the 2010 campaign has been no surprise considering Moore’s previous three years as a Tiger. Last year, after missing the first two outings due to a broken hand, Moore came back to start in five games and play in nine, during which he not only tied for the team lead with 28 receptions, but also took the team lead with 286 receiving yards and 33 kickoff returns.
It should be interesting to see how Hart fares against a Lions defense which limited Fordham’s Blake Wayne last week to under 150 yards passing for the first time this season, preventing him from scoring any touchdowns, and giving him both his worst rushing average and quarterback rating of the season.