After two losses, the Reinhardt Eagles made history as they took home their first win against Kentucky Christian University at Grayson, KY on Saturday, September 14th. Blake Barnes was also made RU history, as he was named the Mid-South Conference Defensive player of the week.
“Deonte Dennis ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns during the game and L.J. Stegall scored from one yard out with 15 seconds remaining to give the Reinhardt University football team the program’s first win, 19-14.
After a KCU (1-2) score with 2:11 to go in the contest, Reinhardt received the ball on its own 46 after Travis Nunley returned a short kickoff of 25 yards. The Eagles (1-2) worked the ball down the field until Stegall took a toss sweep around the right side of the offensive line and sped to the corner of the endzone to put the Eagles on top, 19-14. KCU would get one last play from scrimmage, but the Eagles recovered a forward lateral as time expired to give RU its first win.
Deonte Dennis opened the scoring with a 79-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter to give the Eagles the 7-0 lead. KCU answered with a touchdown with 6:14 left in the half on a Jamuel Jones eight-yard run.
The score stayed the same until the fourth quarter when both teams combined for 19 points. Dennis plunged in from a yard out with 6:51 remaining, but the Eagles mishandled the snap on the extra point, leaving the door open for KCU. The Knights would take advantage with 2:11 to go as Lane Knost caught a 14-yard pass from Shaun Jones. With the extra point, the Knights led, 14-13, setting the stage for the late heroics.”
The Eagles will play their next game against Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama on Saturday, September 21st. The next home game will follow on September 28th against Bethel University.
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