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Reinhardt running back Dylan Kelly breaks through the line during the Eagles’ win over Faulkner last week.

Reinhardt will look to push its win streak to five when it travels to Laurinburg, North Carolina, to face St. Andrews on Saturday.

The Eagles (6-2, 3-0 Mid South Appalachian) are coming off a gritty 14-6 win over previously unbeaten Faulkner, after which they jumped two spots to No. 8 in the NAIA Top 25.

Meanwhile, St. Andrews (1-6, 1-2) comes into the game off a shootout against Bluefield in which it lost 79-64. That was not even the most points the Knights had surrendered this year, after giving up 84 points to Presbyterian in their season opener.

Reinhardt is poised to score this week as it did in the three games prior to the Faulkner game. The Eagles averaged 43.3 points over those three contests, with a high of 49. Reinhardt’s season-best this season was 52 in a win over Campbellsville.

For as many points as St. Andrews has given up — an average of 54.1 per game — the Knights have also done their share of scoring, averaging 31.8 points. Quarterback Austin Wallace will be a top concern for the Reinhardt defense after a 425-yard, six-touchdown performance against Bluefield.

Reinhardt’s defense looks strong after one of its best games of the season. The Eagles kept Faulkner out of the end zone and limited it to only two field goals.

Reinhardt forced three fumbles, with Jalen Everett and Kellen Neal recording interceptions. In all, the Eagles had four sacks, eight tackles for loss and caused five total turnovers against an offense that does not turn the ball over much.

On Saturday, Reinhardt will have an opportunity to bounce back on the offensive end. The passing game struggled against Faulkner but had shown improvement up until that point. Quarterback Billy Hall had his best passing game two weeks ago against Bluefield, when he threw for 224 yards and four touchdowns.

Hall and running back Devyn Collins pace the Reinhardt run game heading into this weekend’s matchup. Collins has a team-best 600 yards on 105 carries, with nine touchdowns. Hall comes in right behind him at 556 yards and 10 scores on 74 rushes.

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