“Bye week over, Reinhardt now look towards Pikeville”
Next game – Reinhardt eagles @ UPIKE bears
Hambley athletic complex
Kickoff: 1.30 EST
Written by Jordan Williams & Todd Fidler
Overview of last game
Your Reinhardt Eagles were able to continue their scintillating season with a convincing win over Union Bulldogs, 56-6. This win takes No.3 Reinhardt to 6-0 overall, and 3-0 in the Mid-South Conference. Going further into the game, Reinhardt football was able to overcome a season-high 20 penalties for 202 yards and continue to roll through the schedule. It was a great way to cap off their first home game under the lights this year. In an offensive masterclass, the Eagles ran for 362 yards and averaged 6.6 yards per carry on the night, and in total, finished the contest with 501 yards of total offense. It was another impressive performance from Freshman Dylan Wiggins, as he chipped in with 115 yards through the air on 6-of-7 passing.
As expected head coach James Miller was impressed with the win, he said “Really proud of our football team and I thought we played extremely hard tonight – and I wish we could’ve played smarter at times – but I think our kids were playing aggressive and with an edge that I like,” “Offensively, once we figured out what they were doing I thought upfront we really controlled the line of scrimmage. Those five offensive linemen played their tails off finishing their blocks, and I think our skill guys and quarterbacks made something happen when given the opportunity.” Overall, a great confidence booster as the Eagles entered bye week.
University of Pikeville
The UPIKE Bears are getting ready for the Eagles after coming off a heavy loss to the Union Bulldogs. The same Bulldogs that Reinhardt football beat convincingly, but Reinhardt should still anticipate UPIKE’s best game. Union scored points on 10 of its final 11 drives to turn what was a 21-20 deficit midway through the second quarter into a 63-35 win over the University of Pikeville football team on Saturday night at Williamson Stadium. A frustrating game for the Bears who will be looking to put things right against the Eagles. The Bears have a few players in their ranks who Reinhardt will have to watch with Sophomore running back Xondre Willis racking up a career-high 257 yards on the ground last game. Senior quarterback Sani Warren is having a good year and went 16-of-30 passing for 133 yards and two scores with Jordan Owens who lead the way with six catches. Owens is a junior who is brimming with confidence right now.
Reinhardt will go into this game full of confidence from not only being unbeaten, but also the way they have been performing. The Bears are a familiar opponent to the Eagles after playing them last year and triumphing 62-7 in Pikeville. It was Reinhardt’s defense last year that was a major contributor to the win and they will hope for the same this year. Defensive all-stars Tevin McCoy and Javier Dyer will be looking to put in impressive performances again this time around.
Even though everyone will be expecting the Eagles to prevail they should not look past the Bears and continue to go game by game. Even that being said it is difficult to see the Bears troubling the Eagles this year. We hope to see some of you on the road this weekend. Let’s go Reinhardt Eagles!