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Regents Rush to Senior Day Victory

Saturday, November 08, 2008  
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ROCKFORD, IL – It’s been almost a month since the Rockford College football team left the football field with a good feeling.  Too many times this season, there has been one strong half of play, but today was different.  On a cold and windy day, the Regents got back to their punishing ground attack in defeating the Maranatha Baptist Bible College Crusaders 20-0 on Regents football Senior Day.

Rockford wasted little time, winning the toss and immediately driving 60 yards in the game’s first two and a half minutes to take a 7-0 lead on a 36 yard completion from senior quarterback Matt Muscia (Chicago, IL/ Holy Cross) to fellow senior Brad Pemberton (Carol Stream, IL/ Glenbard North).    Late in the first stanza, Rockford’s defense got into the scoring action.  Senior defensive lineman Brian Risa (Chicago, IL/ St. Patrick) intercepted a Maranatha inside screen pass at the Crusader 10 yard line and scampered into the Regents’ end zone for a 13-0 lead. 

Rockford tried to continue their momentum into the second quarter, but Maranatha’s defense managed to hold steady.  The Regents managed to drive deep into Crusader territory late in the quarter, but Maranatha forced a Rockford fumble at the one yard line, keeping the Regents lead at 13-0 at the half.

During halftime, Regents defensive coordinator could be overheard telling his defenders not to get too high on themselves with a 13-0 lead.  In Rockford’s last home game against Aurora University, the Regents led at the half 12-7, eventually losing 28-12.  But on this day, the Regents seniors would not allow a letdown.

Coming out of the locker room for the third quarter, Rockford forced a three and out by the Crusaders.  The Regents then mounted a classic Rockford offensive drive, 12 plays, 90 yards, taking 6:39 off the clock, 80 of those yards coming on the ground.  The drive culminated with a three yard touchdown run by sophomore Jason Hosey (Chicago, IL/ Prosser).

This victory was done just the way Regents head coach Randy Schrader likes, with a dominant running attack and stout defense.  Rockford's offensive line opened holes to the tune of 328 rushing yards, with junior fullback Kenny McNeal (Chicago, IL/ Prosser) gaining 105, Muscia rushing for 78, and Hosey for 71.  Rockford held a 17:36 advantage in time of possession.

Defensively, Rockford allowed only 88 yards of total offense on 42 plays and four first downs.  Senior Eric Ballinger (Champaign, IL/ Centennial) led Rockford with five tackles, including a sack and forced fumble. 

Rockford will close their 2008 season on Saturday, November 15, when they travel to Mequon, WI to face Concordia University Wisconsin.


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