After a hard fought 19-10 win over Lock Haven’s Bald Eagles on Saturday, Oct. 6, the Lakers claim an impressive win streak of five straight games.
With the win, the Lakers are tied for the third-longest win streak in team history. Additionally, the five game win streak is the best since the 2010 PSAC Championship season, when the Lakers won seven games straight.
The Lakers have relied on their running game to put points on the board all season. Running back Brandon Brown-Dukes even entered the game on Saturday ranked 12th in the country for rushing yards per game. However, concentrated defense against Brown-Dukes held him to just 39 yards on 18 carries.
Having Brown-Dukes restricted by Lock Haven opened up opportunity for fellow running back Allen Jones II to flourish, rushing for 111 yards and a touchdown. Jones performance earns him a spot in Hurst history as the 12th player to rush for over 1,000 yards in their career.
Senior defensive lineman Serge Augustin and his defensive teammates held Lock Haven to only 219 yards on Saturday, providing ample opportunity for the offense to produce results.
During the homecoming game against Slippery Rock on Sept. 22, Augustin recorded five tackles, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss, two sacks and a forced fumble. For his performance, Augustin was honored as ECAC’s Defensive Player of the week.
“It’s a great honor to be named ECAC Defensive Player of the Week, it’s a blessing. A lot of people who get recognized by the ECAC are really solid players,” Augustin said.
After not seeing action last season due to a hamstring injury, Augustin is excited to be back for his senior year.
“It feels great to be back. I feel like I should have been doing this for a while. I’m taking full advantage of getting a second opportunity to be on the field,” Augustin said.
It is hard not to anticipate another successful season such as the 2010 season already, but the Lakers still have a long way to go. With four games left in the regular season, the Lakers will have to fight hard to keep their win streak alive.
“If we continue to play Laker football the way we should; physical on both sides of the ball, coming out with energy and going out there and having fun, it will be a repeat [of the 2010 season,]” Augustin said.
The Lakers face hometown rival Gannon University next Saturday, Oct. 13 at Gannon University.