BenU Football Opens with Tough Loss

By: Claire Kositzky
Sports and Health Editor

Benedictine University’s football team opened their season with a rough loss this past weekend as they played Central College at home. Central College left the Eagles disappointed and defeated with a final score of 31-7.

Central College scored within the first minutes of the game but this did not stop the Eagles from giving their all. Sophomore, Jarrett Lecas, intercepted early in the second quarter and senior quarterback Ryan Keener ran a 17-yard touchdown with 13 minutes left in the first half of the game.

Photo Credit: Therese Porod

Photo Credit: Therese Porod

By the end of the second quarter, Central took reins of the lead for good, leading 17-7. During the second half of the game, the Eagles had four turnovers to Central. They were able to recover the ball on a 20 play drive but the outcome turned into a blocked field goal.

In addition to his touchdown, Keener also completed five passes, finishing at 14-26 with 148 yards and added 41 yards to senior running back Artie Monaco. Monaco contributed 181 yards of total offense. Other big contributors to the game on defense were junior linebacker Dylan Rose with 11 tackles and Lecas with 10 tackles.
“It was a very tough, disappointing loss to open up our season. We made too many mistakes and beat ourselves; however, we had great support and great energy throughout the game. We played a tough team and played physical. We know as a team that we have the talent to still have a great season. We just need to learn from our mistakes and shift our focus to the next game.” Said Keener.

The score does not sum up what the eagles have to offer this season. This strong team had 299 offensive yards, 148 passing yards and 151 rushing yards. The Eagles may have started out rocky, but their season is looking bright. The Eagles will be away next weekend as they face Carroll College in Wisconsin at 1pm September 13th.