Eagles lose in first round of NCAA Playoffs

By: Elana Garay

Benedictine University lost to Wheaton College on the road last Saturday. This loss ended the playoffs for Eagles football season. The final score of the game was 43-14.

“We played a good team and we fought hard until the end. Unfortunately, we did not come out on top,” said senior Tommy DiPonio.

During the first quarter of the game, Wheaton gained an advantage by making two touchdowns. They continued their lead with another touchdown in the second quarter, making the score 21-0. Benedictine senior Greg German made a touchdown with a pass from Ryan Keener. Before the second quarter ended, Wheaton made another touchdown, advancing the score to 28-7.

Early on in the third quarter, Wheaton scored another touchdown. Wheaton still was in the lead, and then Benedictine junior Jake Vales made a touchdown with a pass from Keener, changing the score to 31-14. In the fourth quarter, two touchdowns were made by Wheaton.

Despite the rough loss, Benedictine was well represented at Wheaton College with a large fan section, including many rowdy students cheering for Benedictine.

Benedictine made a total of 315 yards, 56 rushing yards, and 259 passing yards. Wheaton made 542 total yards, 325 rushing yards, and 217 passing yards.

“The outcome was not what we were hoping for, but the guys never quit. I think that is what our season was all about. We had a slow start but fought until the end, earned ourselves a share of the conference championship and a playoff berth because of that. I could not have asked for a better group of guys to spend my last season with and I thank all of them for that. Wheaton is a good football team and I wish them luck as they continue in the playoffs,” stated senior Calvin Bonewits.