ROCKFORD, Ill. - The RU football team concluded the early portion of its non-conference schedule on Saturday when the Regents welcomed the Kalamazoo College Hornets to Sam Greeley Field. Saturday's game was an offensive explosion for both teams as the Regents and Hornets combined for 949 yards of total offense and 74 points. Unfortunately it was Kalamazoo who came out on top by a final score of 55-19.
There were offensive fireworks all over the field early on as each of the first five possessions of the game resulted in a touchdown. After Kalamazoo opened the game with a score, Rockford responded with a touchdown of its own. Sophomore running back Chance Manning (Durand, Ill.) carried the ball three times on the drive for 82 yards including a 75-yard scamper to give the Regents a first and goal at the six. Three plays later, Manning capped off the drive with a three-yard touchdown run to make it a 7-6 Kalamazoo lead. After the Hornets scored on their second possession, the Regents responded yet again with their second touchdown of the day. Junior Joe Breeden (Burlington, Ill.) gave his team excellent field position as he returned the kickoff 35 yards to the Rockford 45-yard line. Rockford then methodically moved the ball down the field as the Regents converted on a pair of fourth downs to keep the drive alive. Eventually, it was Andrew Perez (West Covina, Calif.) who connected on a 15-yard touchdown pass to Breeden to make it a 14-13 game. Unfortunately the Rockford offense went silent for the remainder of the half as the Hornets scored the final 10 points to take a 24-13 lead into halftime.
The second half did not go well for the Regents as the Hornets scored on all five of their possessions en route to a 55-19 win.
Rockford's lone score in the second half came midway through the third quarter when freshman quarterback Darion Hornickel (Lowell, Ind.) found fellow freshman Kalan Miller (Cordova, Tenn.) for 46-yard touchdown.
Chance Manning led the Rockford offense with his best game of the year. Manning carried the ball 21 times for a season-high 188 yards and 1 touchdown. He currently leads the NACC in rushes (54), rushing yards (326) and is tied the lead in rushing touchdowns (2).
Defensively Rockford had a trio of players record at least 10 tackles. Freshman Jacob Cremeens (Roscoe, Ill.) tallied a game and career-high 15 tackles including 9 solo. He also had 4 tackles for loss and 1 sack. Fellow freshman Carl Kaufman (East Peoria, Ill.) also had a career day with a season-high 14 tackles including 8 solo and 2 tackles for loss. Michael Watson (Schaumburg, Ill.) was the final Regent to crack double-figures with 11 total tackles.
The RU football team returns to the field in two weeks on Saturday, October 1 at Benedictine University. Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM.