Regents Rush to 1st Victory on Homecoming
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Posted by: Regents Sports Information
ROCKFORD, IL – For the last few weeks, Rockford College head coach Randy Schrader his preached to his team that winning football requires 60 minutes of dedication and effort in all three phases of the game. Well, as the Regents welcomes family and friends to Sam Greeley Field for Homecoming 2008, he got that and a bit extra. It took Rockford one overtime period, but the Regents defeated the Concordia University Chicago Cougars 41-38 in overtime for their first ever Northern Athletics Conference victory.
Early in the game, it looked like the Regents were a bit off, as the Cougars jumped out to a 14-0 lead midway thorough the first quarter. But with three and a half minutes remaining in the opening quarter, Rockford got on the board with a three yard run by sophomore Cameron Carter (Roscoe, IL/ Christian Life). Early in the second quarter, Rockford struck again, this time on a 20-yard connection from quarterback Mike Sosnowski (Eldridge, IA/ North Scott) to Ben Powers (Winnebago, IL/ Winnebago). Though the Regents seemed to gain momentum near the end of the first half, the Cougars were not done, retaking the lead 21-14 with 11 seconds remaining in the opening half.
As both teams came out for the second half, the Regents defense was determined to make an impact on the game. The Cougars opened the half with great field position, eventually driving the ball inside the Rockford five yard line. But for the second consecutive week, the Regents made a huge goal-line stand, stopping four plays inside the Regents three, to retake the ball. That stop gave the offense a bit of momentum, which they used to mount a 10 play, 96 yard drive. The drive which culminated with a 26-yard run by Sosnowski leveled the game at 21.
Both teams’ offense caught fire in the fourth quarter, scoring on just about each possession. Rockford opened the action, as Carter scampered four yards for his second TD of the game, giving Rockford a 28-21 lead. Just over one minute later, the Cougars answered with a touchdown of their own. With the game tied at 28, the Regents looked to mount a long drive and take some time off the clock. It looked as though Rockford was going to do just that, gaining 3-5 yards per play. Then Sosnowski struck again, rumbling for 39 yards to the Cougars nine yard line. Two plays later, Sosnowski and Powers hooked up again on a fade route for the score. With just over six minutes to play, Rockford held a 35-28 lead. Unfortunately, that was too much time for the quick strike Cougar offense, which retied the game at 35 with less than three minutes to play.
After a Regents turnover with just under one minute to play, the Cougars again had the ball with all three timeouts remaining. The Cougars managed to move the pass down the field to the Rockford 33 yard line with 0:05 left on the clock. After successive time outs, Cougar kicker Ben Price lined one up for 50 yards. The throngs of fans in the Sam Greeley stands held their collective breath as Price’s kick had the distance, but not the accuracy, sailing just wide left. With that, the game went to overtime.
The Cougars opened with the ball, but Rockford’s defense forced two incomplete passes inside the Rockford 10-yard line, forcing the Cougars to kick a 24 yard field goal. The Regents had been in this position before. Rockford had been 0-3 in their last three OT games, including two losses in UMAC Championship games. But this seemed to be a bit different. As the players on the sideline linked arms, Sosnowski took the Regents onto the field with supreme confidence. Carter for three yards…Sosnowski for two…Sosnowski for seven yards and a Regents first down…Kenny McNeal (Chicago, IL/ Prosser) for 11 yards and another first down…On the fifth play of the Regents’ possession, Rockford changed their season. Sosnowski scored his second rushing touchdown of the game on a sweep to the right. As the officials raised their arms, the entire Regents team sprinted onto the field in celebration. For the first time during the 2008 campaign, the Regents would leave field victorious.
The Regents rushing attack was back in control today, amassing 361 yards on the ground. Freshman DJ Bellard (Spring, TX/ Klein Collins) broke the century mark with 105 yards on only 7 carries. Sosnowski accounted for four Rockford touchdowns, two rushing ant two passing, both to Powers. Freshman Anthony Losasso (Bettendorf, IA/ Bettendorf) anchored the Regents defensive effort with 12 tackles, including one sack. Sophomore Josh Ross (Elgin, IL/ Larkin) and senior Zac Wilken (East Moline, IL/ United Township) also recorded 10 tackles each. Ross and junior Luke Clausen (Roscoe, IL/ Hononegah) each recorded two sacks.
The Regents will hit the road next week. They will travel to Milwaukee, WI to face Wisconsin Lutheran College at 1:00 p.m