By: Claire Kositzky
SPORTS AND HEALTH EDITOR
Benedictine University earned their third win in a row against Concordia University Wisconsin this past Saturday.
“We knew that this was going to be a tough once again. We had to go to Wisconsin once again for the second straight year. To have a chance to win the NACC, we had to play all 4 quarters to the best of our ability. Once leading at halftime, we knew that we couldn’t lead up. The upperclassmen were having flashbacks to last year’s game when they came back and beat us,” said senior Greg Simms.
The eagles started out strong and took the lead early on in the game. Senior Louis Erkins had an interception, which helped Benedictine score early on in the first quarter. Senior Artie Monaco had a two run yard lead, which in turn helped senior Ryan Keener and Greg German score a 43-yard pass.
The opposing team got even and scored, with a tied game by the second half. With 30 seconds left in the half, Keener was able to get in contact with Monaco and score a 57-yard touchdown, with Benedictine in the lead 13-6. Fortunately, Concordia Wisconsin turned the ball over three times and missed their field goal.
The Eagles’ motivation continued on into the second half of the game. Keener completed five passes. Senior Rodney Nichols intercepted and turned the possession of the ball back to Benedictine by 54 yards, with the score now being 27-6.
“After halftime, our defense played outstanding. This made our offense control the ball and sealed the win for BenU,” said Simms.
In the final minutes of the fourth quarter, sophomore Jarrett Lecas intercepts Concordia Wisconsin.
“We all played really well on both sides of the ball. It was a great team victory that gives us a chance to create our destiny with the rest of our season,” said senior Max Seibert.
Benedictine will host Rockford at the Lisle Sports Complex Saturday at 1 p.m.