Lisle, IL – Trailing 25-19, with 1:21 left on the play clock Benedictine quarterback, Tyler Jarnagin, rifled a ball up the middle to Dylan Leschewski for a 15-yard touchdown pass to take the lead 26-25.
This capped off a dramatic comeback victory to open the season for the Eagles. Momentum swung back and forth creating a very exciting contest.
One of the most notable aspects about this game was how the Eagles defense was able to hold the Grizzlies offense to only 25 points.
According to NCAA.com, Franklin College was the most prolific scoring offense in Division 3 in 2018. They averaged 47.3 points per game.
Last year, the Eagles traveled to Franklin and lost 55-38 but with new head coach, Jim Schroeder the Eagles were able to figure out a great defensive plan to stop the high-powered offense.
“We have to maximize every opportunity we have to improve. We have a lot of talent on the roster but given all the change that’s occurred in a short amount of time we really have to focus on the process and get better every day. If our guys embrace that mindset the wins and losses will take care of themselves” Said Schroeder.
Franklin was plagued with turnovers throughout majority of the game. This included a muffed punt, an interception to end the first half and two fumbles in the third and fourth quarters.
The fumble in the fourth gave the Eagles momentum. Prior to the fumble they had been stopped short on a 4th and 1 opportunity, which looked to be the last time they would see the ball. However, BenU’s Keenon Davis forced the fumble to get the ball back with short time remaining, later scoring on that drive and putting pressure back on Franklin.
The defense stood tall not allowing them to score, concluding the game and putting the Eagles in the win column.
Benedictine hasn’t won their first game of the season since 2015 against Central College.
Franklin totaled 446 yards of offense while Benedictine had 356. The ground game was controlled by Franklin with 252 yards respectively but passing was dominated by BenU with 280 total yards.
The Eagles hope to continue their success when they travel to Dubuque to take on the Duhawks of Loras College this Friday.