The Benedictine Eagles football team opened the new season with a 57-14 loss to #6 nationally ranked Wheaton College this past Saturday night at the Lisle Sports Complex. The Eagles were able to keep the score close for the first quarter of the game, only trailing 5-0 at the conclusion of the first quarter.
The second quarter is where the Thunder were able to pull away. Wheaton put up 38 points in the second quarter alone, while keeping the Eagles shutout during the entire first half. The score at halftime was 43-0 Thunder over the Eagles.
The Eagles were able to get on the board in the third quarter when Senior Quarterback Ryan Sample connected with Senior Wide Receiver Dean Pauley for a six yard touchdown pass for his first touchdown of the season at the end of the third quarter to make the score 50-7.
In the fourth quarter, Sample was replaced by backup Senior Quarterback Joe Marella who led the Eagles down the field 65 yards before throwing a seven yard touchdown pass to Junior Running Back Grant Jochums. Unfortunately for the Eagles, that would be the end of their scoring for the rest of the evening. When the game ended, the Eagles were in the loss column, falling 57-14 and to 0-1 on the season.
Sample led the Eagles with 149 passing yards, while Junior Matt Fleming led the Benedictine receivers with 59 receiving yards. Senior Safety Mark Hammond led the Benedictine defense with 10 tackles.
The Eagles look to get into the win column next week when they take on St. Norbert College Saturday afternoon in Green Bay, Wisconsin.