The homecoming theme this year is red and white for life. Photo Credit: Benedictine University

Mike Santarelli

Sports Writer

Bring out the coolers, tents, and school spirt as the Eagles get ready to take on Wisconsin Lutheran this Saturday for this year’s homecoming game. The tailgate will begin at 10:30 am in the Rice Center’s parking lot and will continue through the beginning of the football game that will start at 1 o’clock.

The Eagles are coming off their first win of the season, after defeating Rockford University 27-20. Benedictine relied on their defense, forcing six turnovers and helping the Eagles get the win.  The win puts them at 1-1 in conference play and is looking to use this momentum to help their conference push.

The Eagles are looking to rally behind their defense, led by junior linebacker Scottie Bobeck, and a fierce homecoming crowd to help them prevail verse Wisconsin Lutheran.  Bobeck collected three of Benedictine’s six turnovers against Rockford, earning him a spot on D3football.com’s Team of the Week and the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week.

“It’s homecoming, so that atmosphere is going to help with the momentum…” says senior, lineman, Michael Traversa, “…we understand that this is a conference and we have to win out.  As a senior, knowing it’s the last homecoming game you’ll play for a university that gives you so much is really powerful and exciting. We know we’ve got one more time to leave it all out there.”

The Eagles will also be looking for another strong performance by junior quarterback, Nick Sternad.  Sternad has thrown for over 500 yards and 6 touchdowns in Benedictine’s last two games.  Wisconsin Lutheran will mark Sternad’s third start of the season for the Eagles.