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QB Sosnowski fuels rally for Homecoming win

Saturday, October 11, 2008  
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By Doug Goodman
RRSTAR.COM

Posted Oct 11, 2008 @ 08:37 PM

ROCKFORD —

Quarterback Mike Sosnowski came off the bench to produce homecoming happiness Saturday at Rockford College.

The junior scored on a 2-yard run in overtime to give the Regents a 41-38 victory over Concordia of Chicago. He also rushed for another TD and threw two scoring passes in regulation play.

“The whole line did their job today, and that’s all you could ask for. I give credit to everyone over 270 pounds,” said Sosnowski, who replaced starter Matt Muscia in the first quarter with Rockford behind 14-0.

Sosnowski guided the Regents (1-4, 1-1) to two touchdowns to tie the game in the second quarter, but the Cougars (1-4, 0-2) scored with 11 seconds left in the half for a 21-14 lead.

Sosnowski’s 17-yard TD run tied the game in the third quarter, and Cameron Carter’s 4-yard scoring run early in the fourth quarter gave Rockford a 28-21 advantage.

After Concordia countered with a three-play, 42-yard scoring drive for a 28-all tie, Sosnowski put the Regents in front again when he lofted an 8-yard pass to the end zone where 6-foot-4
Ben Powers (Winnebago) grabbed it over 5-11 cornerback Jarin Davis for a touchdown with 6:12 left.

“We wanted to take advantage of that mismatch,” said Sosnowski, who also threw a 20-yard, second-quarter TD to Powers.

The Cougars tied the game at 35-all when quarterback Mike Marotta hit Mike Egebrecht in the end zone with a 14-yard pass with 2:36 remaining.

After intercepting Sosnowski at its own 15 with 56 seconds left, Concordia reached the Rockford 33 where freshman Ben Price attempted a 50-yard field goal. Aided by a stiff wind, the kick was long enough but wide left.

“He’s a pretty good kicker,” Regent head coach Randy Schrader said. “But it’s tough on a grass field on a day like today. If you can make a kick like that you probably aren’t a Division III kicker.”
Price hit a 24-yard field goal when Concordia got the ball first in overtime.

Rockford used four running plays to reach the 2 with a first-and-goal in overtime. Then
Sosnowski took the snap, rolled right, looked for a receiver and ran for the goal line. He was hit at the goal line but fell into the end zone for the win.

Reporter Doug Goodman can be reached at 815-987-1386 or dgoodman@rrstar.com.


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