After narrowly losing the first two football games of the Reinhardt Eagles inaugural season, the Eagles seem to be making a comeback, as they’ve won the last two games they’ve played– instating their first ever “winning streak.” The Eagles took home the W over Faulkner University, Number 23, in Montgomery, AL with a final score of 28-24.
Tevin McCoy also earned the title of Defensive Player of the Week for the Mid South Conference division.
Highlights from the game are supplied by reinhardteagles.com and include:
“L.J. Stegall scored three touchdowns as the Reinhardt University football team upset No. 23 Faulkner, 28-24, Saturday night at John Mark Stallings Field in Mid-South Conference West Division action.
Stegall scored his first touchdown when he ran a Faulkner kickoff back 95 yards in the first quarter to tie the score at 7-all. After a pair of Faulkner touchdowns, Stegall took a shovel pass from Ryan Thompson and went 61 yards to paydirt to pull the visitors back within seven. His final touchdown was the final score of the game as he scored on a five-yard touchdown pass from Thompson to push RU ahead for good, 28-24.
“Defensively, we played our best game,” said RU head coach Dr. Danny Cronic. “Offensively, we were able to do enough against a great defense to pull this one out.”
Tevin McCoy had nine tackles and a pair of sacks to anchor a Reinhardt (2-2, 1-0 MSC West) defense that was averaging over 52 points per game to less than half that total. Reining Mid-South Conference Defense Player of the Week Blake Barnes had seven tackles and a sack. “Tevin is a good ball player that has a lot of savvy. Blake Barnes has a lot of savvy too for that matter,” coach Cronic said. “We needed big games from everyone on defense and those two really stepped up for us.”
The fourth quarter would belong to the visitors as Niagel Curtis took the opening snap of the fourth quarter 55 yards to pay dirt to bring RU within three, 24-21. Faulkner would only get three first downs in the quarter and twice turned the ball over on downs after Stegall’s second touchdown reception of the game.
The Eagles were aided by a pair of costly turnovers by Faulkner (3-1, 0-1 MSC West), as Alvarez Thomas made an interception in the endzone in the second quarter to keep Faulkner off the board and Juice Arnold picked off a Josh Hollingsworth pass to set up an RU field goal attempt.”
The Eagles play Bethel College this coming Saturday, September 28th at 12:00 at Ken White field. You won’t want to miss it.
For more information regarding last week’s game, visit http://www.reinhardteagles.com.