Football’s Rushing Attack Leads to Conference Win

Football Handoff

Benedictine combined for 187 yards and 3 TDs on the ground for a win over Concordia Wisconsin. (Photo Credit: Benedictine Athletics)

Arturo S Mazari

Sports Writer

Benedictine went on the road to defeat conference opponent Concordia Wisconsin to a score of 31-20. This was accomplished through a series of long, well planned offense drives and a strong defensive performance.

The offensive scoring was administered through the ground game where the eagles controlled the ball for over 35 minutes and executed 42 rushing attempts. Five different rushers were utilized throughout the game to total 187 yards and three touchdowns. Standouts included running backs Hakeem Hartford, 17 carries for 78 yards and Gregory Hoard, 15 carries for 64 yards with a touchdown. Quarterback Nathan Rillo controlled the red zone adding two touchdowns on only five rushing attempts.

Coherent offensive drives proved to be a key in the victory. The rushing attack was contrasted with an efficient pass game led by Tyler Jarnigan. He completed 20 of 29 pass attempts for 159 yards including a 48-yard strike to Calin Gurau. Wide receiver Deandre Holliday also made his mark hauling in 9 receptions for 37 yards and picked up major first downs for the team.

The game was decided in the final five minutes of regulation. The defense forced a crucial stop for Concordia Wisconsin to attempt a 36-yard field goal which was blocked by Blake Davis. The Benedictine offense took over running down the clock to under a minute and Tanner Mateus kicked a 19-yard field goal to put the Eagles up 24-20. The game was sealed by Denzel Simmon who intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown.

Eagles record improves to 2-1 with their next game being at Benedictine as part of homecoming weekend where they will host Eureka College on September 25th at 1pm.