By Claire Kositzky
SPORTS AND HEALTH EDITOR
Benedictine University’s football team earned their 4th consecutive wins in a row against Rockford this past Saturday at home.
“Rockford was not a team to sleep on and all of the seniors reminded the underclassmen. Even though this team is winless in the NACC, we could not sleep on them. When Rockford is on defense, they will hit you harder than any other team in the NACC and this is true. Starting the game, we needed to come out hot and that is what we did. It was even better that I got to hurdle the cornerback on Rockford,” said senior Greg Simms.
The Eagles started off strong, with a three and out followed by the offense taking over and using 12 plays to run 29 yards and score. Senior Ryan Keener dove in for the touchdown with 7 minutes and 46 seconds left in the first quarter. The offense went to work using the 9 plays to score 13-0.
In the second quarter, Keener found senior Greg German and scored. A 25-yard play was made after Simms huge 28-yard catch and run.
The second half brought big points to the scoreboard for Benedictine. Sophomore Anthony Mitchell scored twice. Sophomore Luke Ludolph had a 34-yard reception. Sophomore Jesse Kilbourn caught a 25-yard pass to score the final touchdown of the game.
“This win was a fun one for our team. A lot of the guys got to play, which was fun to watch. We have been rolling lately and I feel that we are clicking at the right time in the season,” said senior Alvin Taylor.
“It was an obviously dominating win. It was still a challenge heading into this game knowing what was at stake these next two weeks. As a player, you never want to look past an opponent or plan for next week when we still have a team to play. That is what we had to do, focus on Rockford. It was a great performance by both teams. It is always a nice sight seeing Drew Keil dance, win or lose we always have that,” said senior Stefan Herron.
Benedictine will host the final game of the season Saturday, November 15 at the Lisle Sports Complex at 1 P.M. against Lakeland. If the Eagles win, they will share the NACC title. The Eagles could qualify for NCAA playoffs depending on the outcome of the Wisconsin Lutheran game as well.