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Eagles Edge Out Regents as Second Half Comeback Falls Short on Homecoming

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ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Rockford University football team (1-4) hosted the Benedictine University Eagles (1-4) for its annual Homecoming game. In a turnover filled game by both sides it was Benedictine who turned the ball over less and squeaked out a 27-20 victory. Despite losing Rockford had 459 total yards of offense compared to 326 for Benedictine.

 

 

  • Benedictine was able to capitalize in the first quarter on a Regent fumble as the Eagles strung together a 7 play 65-yard drive and capped it off with a 6-yard touchdown run for Jamee Stephens to take a 7-0 lead.
  • It would take until 8:17 left in the second quarter for Rockford to get on the scoreboard.
  • The Regents used Brandon Hausladen (Athol, Idaho) multiple times during the drive both through the air and ground before he punched it in himself on a 2-yard run to make it a 7-6 game, as Rockford could not execute the point after.
  • With just under four minutes to go in the first half the Eagles scored when Nick Sternad found Brandon Moore for the 13-yard touchdown to give BU the 14-6 lead.
  • The Eagles managed to get the ball back with just 35 ticks left on the clock in the half and was able to move down the field and finished it off with an impressive 46-yard field goal by Milan Dezelich to head into the half up 17-6.
  • After each team went three-and-out twice to start the third quarter the Eagles went 50 yards in just 1:11 as Nick Sternad found Jamee Stephens for the 22-yard touchdown reception to give the Eagles a commanding 24-6 lead.
  • On the next possession Rockford would turn the ball over and the Eagles would convert the turnover into points as Dezelich connected for a 32-yard field goal this time, increasing the lead to 27-6 with 9:43 left in the third quarter.
  • It was the Regents this time that came away with a turnover as Edel Morales (Deltona, Fla.) intercepted the ball at the Rockford 2 yard line.
  • RU strung together an impressive 13 play 98-yard drive in just 4:29 to find the endzone.
  • A big part of that drive was Liam Joyce (Harvard, Ill.) as Delayno Mack (Loves Park, Ill.) connected with him for a 30 yard pickup before Joyce rushed for 20 yards on the very next play.
  • Mack found Kalan Miller (Cordova, Tenn.) in the endzone to make it a 27-13 game with just 6 second left in the third quarter.
  • On the Regents first drive of the fourth quarter Joyce and Hausladen each had 20+ yard rushes to eventually set up a 1-yard touchdown run for Hausladen to make it 27-20 with 10:09 left in the game.
  • The Regents had a chance as its defensive held strong in the second half and forced a fumble late as Austin Carlson (Hanover Park, Ill.) knocked the ball loose and Octavio Galvez (Loves Park, Ill.) fell on it.
  • Unfortunately, the Regents could not find the endzone and tie up the game as Rockford's second half comeback fell short by a final score of 27-20.

 

 

  • Despite the loss Rockford had 298 passing yards compared to 214 for the Eagles, and RU rushed for 161 yards compared to 112 for BU.
  • Sophomore Delayno Mack threw for a career-high 298 yards including a touchdown.
  • Chance Manning (Durand, Ill.) led the RU ground attack rushing for a team-high 106 yards.
  • Brandon Hausladen tallied 24 yards on five touches with 2 touchdowns including his first of the season.
  • Freshman Emani Johnson (Channahon, Ill.) finished with 6 carries for 35 yards for a team-high 5.8 yards per carry.
  • Hausladen led the Regents through the air as he racked up 7 catches for 119 yards, both career-highs.
  • Liam Joyce had a nice game finishing with 6 catches for 103 yards, both career-highs.
  • Kalan Miller finished with 2 catches for 20 yards including a touchdown.
  • Edel Morales tallied an interception during the game, his second on the year.
  • Morales also tallied 2 pass breakups on the day, making it 6 on the year.
  • Austin Carlson recorded his first forced fumble of his career.
  • Octavio Galvez led the defense with a team-high 9 total tackles and recovered a fumble.
  • Lenard Gladney (Chicago, Ill.) recorded his first sack of his career.

 

 

The Rockford University football team returns to action when it travels to Lakeland on Saturday, October 13. The game is scheduled for 1 PM.