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Duhawks Shut Down Regents

Saturday, September 08, 2012  
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DUBUQUE, Iowa - After being shut out it its home opener, the Rockford College football team took to the road looking to even its record and pick up its first win of the season. The Regents lined up against the Duhawks of Loras College who were also shutout in their season opener last week. The two teams have squared off in each of the last two years with Loras winning both matchups including a 48-17 victory for the Duhawks last season.  

It was a difficult first half for Rockford as they simply could not find any rhythm offensively and were held to just 60 yards of total offense including just 17 passing yards. However, despite the first half offensive struggles the Regents found themselves only down 14-0 at the half. 

Rockford came out in the second half with a good opening drive moving the ball all the way down to the Loras 24-yard line. However, the Regents were unable to take advantage of the lengthy drive as they got bogged down near the red zone committing a couple of costly penalties and turned the ball over on downs. Loras took advantage scoring on its next two possessions making it a 28-0 lead and essentially putting the game away.

Rockford scored its first points of the year in the forth quarter when quarterback Aabed Nekrawesh (Fremont, Calif./American) tossed a pair of touchdown passes. The first one came after the Regents special teams gave its offense great field position off a blocked punt by junior Scott Dooley (Pasadena, Calif./San Marino). Nekrawesh took advantage throwing a 5-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dane Kirk (Rochelle, Ill./Rochelle Township). Nekrawesh would later connect on an 82-yard touchdown pass to Delroy Russell (Richmond, Calif./Albany) making it a 28-14 ballgame with just over three minutes remaining in the game. That would be as close as the Regents would get as the Duhawks would hold on for a 28-14 win.

Nekrawesh finished the game 14-32 for 205 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Matthew Botello (Whitter, Calif./Pioneer) ran the ball effectively for the Regents carrying it 16 times for 81 yards.  

Defensively the Regents were led by a pair of young talented local players. Freshman Michael Krieter (Rockford, Ill./Boylan) had a team-high 9 tackles for the Regents in his second collegiate start. Sophomore Seth Swinehart (Rockford, Ill./East) was again all over the field making 8 tackles with 2 coming behind the line of scrimmage including 1 quarterback sack. Swinehart also had a pass breakup as well.

The football team will look to win its first game of the season next Saturday when they welcome Olivet College to Sam Greeley Field. It will be the first ever meeting between the two schools. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. 

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