Written by: Taylor Pineda and Malcolm Anderson
Reinhardt Eagles (Record: 8-1) (MSC: 3-1) 56 – Campbellsville Tigers (Record: 8-2) (MSC: 5-0) 70
After leading 28-7 early in the first quarter, Reinhardt later lost control of the game and received their first loss of their 2015 season. The Eagles had many miscues and turnovers on the day and because of it, they were not able to prevail in the closing minutes of play. Campbellsville flipped the deficit and then outscored the Eagles 63-28 to win the game. With this win, the Campbellsville University Tigers are the 2015 Mid-South Conference West Division Champions.
When Reinhardt Had the Ball
Senior running backs Niagel Curtis and Sam Jones ran the ball efficiently in last week’s contest. Curtis ran for five touchdowns and had 98 rushing yards on 24 carries. Jones ran for a team-best 110 rushing yards on 7 carries. Ryan Thompson had 179 total yards, 24 yards on the ground while the rest were in the air. He completed 21 of 31 passes. In receiving, Aaron Kennedy had 57 yards with 5 catches while Tyler Bradley had 45 yards on 4 catches. On the the day, Reinhardt ran for 319 yards and passed for 213 yards. These numbers translated to 532 yards of total offense. Reinhardt had a season high of four turnovers that greatly affected the game in critical situations.
Senior linebacker, Stephon Tanga, led Campbellsville defense. Tanga recorded 15 tackles, 7 of them being solo. He also recovered a fumble that would put the game out of reach. Senior linebacker, Bryson Bell made 6 tackles, five of them being unassisted. He also had a fumble recovery. Senior defensive back, Percy Minor, had 8 tackles, two of them were solo.
Photo Credit: Stephanie Scott, Reinhardt Football
When Campbellsville Had the Ball
Campbellsville started slow offensively with only one touchdown in the first quarter. After battling back during the second quarter Campbellsville came out in the third quarter with 21 unanswered points and repeated in the fourth with 21 more points. Quarterback Jacob Russell finished the day with 446 passing yards, seven passing touchdowns and one rushing. He also had three receivers with over 100 hundred receiving yards. Jarrod Harrington leading the group with 127 yards on 11 receptions and 1 touchdown.
Although having a strong first quarter the Reinhardt defense was having a rough day on the way to allowing a season and program high of 70 points.
The Eagles defense was lead in tackles by Defensive Back Juice Arnold and linebacker Jacob Gross who each had 11. Defensive Ends Javier Dyer, Hunter Oswald, and Matthew Prather supplied plenty of pressure on the quarterback each having 1.5 sacks on the day to add to the 7 sacks for the defense. Pressuring the quarterback was a goal for the Eagle’s defense and it was evident and supported by statistics that the goal was met. The defense as a whole was not firing on all cylinders which ultimately leading to the 70 points from Campbellsville. Reinhardt’s defense looks to regroup and comeback full force as they look toward incoming Bethel.
The Reinhardt Sport Studies crew has a prediction record of 8-1 this season.
On Saturday November 14 2015, the Eagles will host the Wildcats of Bethel University (TN).Kickoff is set for 12:00noon EST from Ken White Field in Waleska, GA.
August 29th @ Point University W 73-21
September 12th vs Kentucky Christian W 52-3
September 19th @ Georgetown College W 36-25
September 26th vs University of Pikeville W 32-28
October 3rd @ Bluefield College W 80-14
October 10th vs #10 Faulkner University W 55-27
October 17th @ Cumberland University W 52-18
October 24th vs #1 Lindsey Wilson W 42-24
November 7th @ Campbellsville University L 56-70
November 14th vs Bethel University 12 noon EST