SOUTHFIELD, Michigan - Lawrence Technological University's fourth and final home game of the 2018 reboot season, scheduled for Saturday, October 27, at the LTU Athletic Field against Trinity Bible is canceled.
"We are disappointed in not being able to play this weekend," said head coach Jeff Duvendeck. "You want to take advantage of every opportunity you can to compete, especially in a game setting in front of your home crowd, but this was a decision made with the best interests of the student-athletes on both sides in mind."
Trinity Bible (4-4) began the season with 27 student-athletes on the roster. After last week's win at Lewis-Clark Valley in Lewiston, Idaho, the Lions are down to 13 healthy players. In the 28-24 winning effort, TBC's second-leading rusher and one of their top targets in the passing game were injured.
"Obviously we wish we could play out the final game on our home schedule," said Dean of Students Kevin Finn. "Our first priority though is the safety of the student-athletes on the field, so the tough decision to remove this game on the schedule was made.
"We've had an incredible response from the Southfield community this season at our three home games - averaging nearly 3,000 fans per contest. We thank everyone for their support in our reboot season and look forward to a full conference schedule in 2019."
Saturday would have been the second meeting between the Blue Devils and Lions this season. In the first matchup between LTU (5-2) and Trinity Bible, it was the road weary Blue Devils that came off a 16-hour trip, one way, to tame the Lions, 68-7. Lawrence Tech ran up a program-high 68 points - 55 of which came in the first half - and a season-best 555 yards - 387 on the ground.
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The Blue Devils conclude their 2018 campaign on Saturday, November 17, in Marion, Indiana, against Indiana Wesleyan (5-2).