Ground game could be winning edge for Cobbers against No. 3 St. Thomas

Cobbers junior fullback Brett Baune needs to have strong game against St. Thomas

The Concordia running game has been strong through three games, averaging 267.7 yards per game. That ranks second in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference entering Saturday’s game against St. Thomas.

The Cobbers (2-1, 0-1 MIAC) host the No. 3-ranked Tommies (3-0, 1-0) at 1:10 p.m. at Jake Christiansen Stadium.

“We are going to see a really aggressive physical defense, but we’re excited for that,” Cobbers coach Terry Horan said.

Sophomore running back Trent Johnson is averaging 98.7 rushing yards per game. Junior fullback Brett Baune is averaging 90.7 yards per game and has scored six touchdowns this fall. The Cobbers are going to need to continue to establish that running game in order the upset St. Thomas. The Tommies have won the past three games in the series, including a 56-7 home victory last season.

The Cobbers are hoping to bounce back from a 28-21 overtime home loss against St. John’s last Saturday.

“That’s our league,” Horan said. “Week in and week out you have to be ready to go.”

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