The rain seemed like it meant a little more as the clock wound down on Reinhardt University’s crushing 42-24 defeat to the St. Francis Cougars, heads hung low. However after a year like the one we had they should be raised in pride! For a fourth year program to make it to the Semi-Finals of the NAIA national tournament takes a special group of guys!
The early parts of the game were a tightly contested affair, with only a few touchdowns having been scored. After that a few costly mistakes, namely penalties, gave the Cougars the late 1st half lead of 21-7. After a pass interference call on the final play of the half, Reinhardt kicked a field goal from the 6 yard line on their untimed down to end the half 21-10. There was still plenty of hope amongst the supporters that the game could be turned around.
When the teams came out in the second half, Reinhardt drove down the field after receiving the kick. However the drive stalled out at the four yard line and the Eagles turned the ball over on downs. The next play was a killer as the Cougars broke off a 96 yard touchdown run to turn what was nearly a 21-17 game into a 28-10. After that it seemed as if the life had been sucked out of the RU sidelines.
The Eagles kept fighting, but to no avail as the Cougars of St. Francis just seemed to have more in the tank as the score got more and more out of hand.
One great testament to the leaders on this team is the fact that even though the game appeared to be out of reach by the time the rain started falling midway through the 4th quarter, the Eagles never stopped trying to win the game!
I have never been more proud to be a Reinhardt Eagle! It is very difficult to win 13 straight games, but now the work begins again! Good luck to the 16 seniors as they end their college careers. It is a shame it did not end in glory, but not everything does. All that matters is that you keep putting your best foot forward!
I know I speak from all of us here at Reinhardt when I say congratulations on the fantastic 2016 season! Go Eagles!