Fire see themselves in Beloit

From the Register-Mail:

Scan the Midwest Conference football statistics and you will find a couple of Knox College players listed near the top in one category.

Sophomore Mike Schroeder is ranked No. 3 with 22.6 yards per return and senior Dan Kizior is No. 6 at 18.5.

It hasn’t hurt that those members of the Prairie Fire have had plenty of opportunities in the team’s 0-3 start and Knox coach Chad Eisele admits he’d quickly trade a lofty spot in kick return stats for something more substantial on offense or defense when the Fire travel to Beloit College for a 1 p.m. game Saturday.

The Buccaneers are 1-2 with a 34-31 win over St. Norbert and Eisele sees a little of what he wants his team to be in Beloit.

“They’re starting more seniors than we have on our team,” said Eisele. “They’re us two years ago. They started a bunch of sophomores and took their lumps. It’s their year to make things happen.”

Knox, with 47 underclassmen and 20 first-year players has taken its lumps so far, last in the MWC offensively by scoring just 15 points and allowing an average of 38.7. But the Fire are still confident better days are ahead.