September 3, 2011

Benedictine Pulls Away From Eureka, 45-7

More news about: Eureka

LISLE, Ill. – Eureka College junior wideout Matt Dawson (Goodfield, Ill./Eureka H.S.) hauled in his first career touchdown reception midway through the second quarter, but host Benedictine racked up 502 yards of total offense and scored five unanswered touchdowns to close the game en route to a 45-7 season-opening victory over the Red Devils at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex, Saturday night in Lisle, Ill.

After the first three possessions of the game yielded punts, Benedictine junior kicker L.J. Stolarski pushed the hosts to a 3-0 lead when his 31-yard field goal capped an 11-play scoring drive for the Eagles with 31 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Eagles made it 10-0 on their next possession.  After Eureka's third consecutive drive to start the night ended in a punt, the Eagles drove 68 yards on eight plays and scored on John Borsellino's 13-yard run for the two-possession lead.  The junior running back carried three times for 47 yards on the scoring drive.

Eureka answered quickly, needing only three plays to deliver its first touchdown of the 2011 season.  On the first play of the drive, junior quarterback Sam Durley (Roanoke, Ill./Roanoke-Benson H.S.) found senior wide receiver Cody Myers (Ipava, Ill./V.I.T. H.S.) with a 41-yard completion to get deep into Benedictine territory.  After a run play proved unsuccessful, Dawson snagged his first career touchdown on a 25-yard toss from Durley, cutting the Benedictine lead to 10-7 with 9:34 left before halftime.

The Eagles looked poised to stretch their lead back to 10 later in the quarter, but BU senior quarterback Matt Brown was picked off by Eureka senior cornerback Rosney Beverly (Los Angeles, Calif./Normal West H.S.) at the Eureka 24-yard line with only 74 seconds left before halftime, effectively ending Benedictine's threat.  But the Eagles regained the momentum just three plays later when Andrew Taylor returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown with only 23 seconds left in the half to give the hosts a 17-7 lead at intermission.

The second half began on a sour note for the Red Devils after John Alessi returned the opening kickoff 59 yards down to the Eureka 13-yard line.  Facing 4th-and-1 at the Eureka 4-yard line, Borsellino picked up three yards for a first down and punched in his second score of the game on the next play for a 24-7 advantage.  The two sides traded punts over the next three possessions before an 82-yard completion from Brown to Brandin Austin pushed the Eagles in front 31-7 and broke the game wide open.

Borsellino scored his third touchdown of the game late in the third quarter on a 73-yard run.  Brown finished the scoring early in the fourth when he broke free for a 49-yard touchdown run with 10:56 left in regulation.  The Eagles outscored the Red Devils 28-0 in the second half, scoring on four of their six possessions after halftime.  Six of Eureka's eight second-half possessions ended in a punt, and its longest drive of the half (six plays, 43 yards) ended on a turnover on downs late in the third quarter at the Benedictine 27-yard line.

Myers set new career-highs with four catches and a team-best 76 receiving yards.  Dawson matched a career-best with four catches.  Durley ended his night 12-for-30 for 153 yards and a touchdown, and his 12-yard completion to Myers in the first quarter pushed him over 2,500 passing yards for his career.

Defensively, senior free safety Mike Minehan (Washington, Ill./Washington H.S./McKendree) made 13 stops, including a game-high six solo tackles, to lead the Eureka defense.  He also returned four kickoffs for 63 yards.

Borsellino led a potent Benedictine offense with 194 rushing yards on 26 carries.  The Eagles ran the ball 45 times for the game, compiling 318 yards and four scores total.  Brown completed only seven passes for 184 yards and his touchdown to Austin.

Eureka will be off next weekend and will have two full weeks to prepare for its home opener against Crown at McKinzie Field on Sept. 17.  The game against the Purple Storm is Eureka's first of nine consecutive contests against Upper Midwest Athletic Conference opponents in 2011.

NOTES: Kickoff was delayed after severe weather came through Lisle shortly before 7 p.m. ... The Red Devils blocked a 35-yard field goal attempt from BU's Billy Dixon in the second quarter ... Beverly's interception was the sixth of his career and leads all active Eureka players ... The Eureka defense held Benedictine to 1-for-11 on third down ... Durley set a career-high with 10 rushing attempts ... Eureka's offense failed to reach the red zone ... Benedictine held possession for more than 11 minutes in the second quarter ... The Eagles accumulated 111 yards in penalties, the first Eureka opponent to reach the century mark since St. Scholastica was penalized for 108 yards on Oct. 30, 2009 ... Freshman running backs Jake Ferguson (Metamora, Ill./Metamora H.S.), Jeff Petersen (East Peoria, Ill./East Peoria H.S.) and Patrick Simms (Tremont, Ill./Tremont H.S.) each recorded their first career rushing attempt ... Eureka is now 1-3 all-time against Northern Athletics Conference members since the league formed in 2006 ... Eureka is now 1-6 on artificial turf under Kurt Barth ... The Red Devils have now lost 17 consecutive non-conference road games.

comments powered by Disqus
Sep. 4: All times Eastern
8:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Tex. A&M-Commerce
Sep. 5: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Anna Maria at Worcester State
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
7:00 PM
Albright at Kean
7:00 PM
Widener at Rowan
Live Stats Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
WPI at Curry
7:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Salve Regina at Bridgewater State
7:00 PM
William Paterson at SUNY-Maritime
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Ursinus at TCNJ
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Becker
7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
Video
7:30 PM
McDaniel at Catholic
7:30 PM
Trine at Manchester
Live Stats Video Audio
8:00 PM
Waldorf at UW-Whitewater
Live Stats
Sep. 6: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Endicott at Framingham State
12:00 PM
Dickinson at Hobart
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Holland College (PEI, Canada) at Maine Maritime
Video
12:00 PM
Otterbein at St. John Fisher
12:00 PM
Union at Ithaca
12:00 PM
Pomona-Pitzer at MIT
12:00 PM
Husson at Alfred
12:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Johns Hopkins
1:00 PM
St. Lawrence at Coast Guard
1:00 PM
Thomas More at Wesley
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Plymouth State at Castleton State
1:00 PM
Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
1:00 PM
Emory and Henry at Ferrum
Audio
1:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Averett
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Wabash
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Rose-Hulman at Kalamazoo
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Wilmington at Olivet
1:00 PM
King's at Moravian
1:00 PM
Alfred State at Morrisville State
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Lycoming
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Brockport State
1:00 PM
Utica at Misericordia
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Montclair State
1:00 PM
Southern Virginia at Methodist
1:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Bluffton
1:00 PM
Marietta at Kenyon
1:00 PM
Merchant Marine at Apprentice
1:00 PM
Cortland State at Buffalo State
Audio
1:00 PM
Muhlenberg at Wilkes
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Sewanee at DePauw
1:30 PM
Adrian at Defiance
1:30 PM
RPI at Norwich
1:30 PM
Alma at Heidelberg
1:30 PM
Berry at Maryville (Tenn.)
Live Stats Video
1:30 PM
Bridgewater (Va.) at Gettysburg
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Waynesburg
1:30 PM
St. Vincent at John Carroll
1:30 PM
Mount Union at Bethany
1:30 PM
Juniata at Grove City
Audio
2:00 PM
Franklin at Illinois Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Rhodes at Austin
2:00 PM
Carleton at Macalester
2:00 PM
UW-Platteville at Buena Vista
2:00 PM
Ohio Northern at Washington U.
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at St. John's
2:00 PM
Crown at Gustavus Adolphus
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Jamestown
2:00 PM
Simpson at Iowa Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Hope at Monmouth
Audio
2:00 PM
Lawrence at Rockford
2:00 PM
Aurora at Illinois College
2:00 PM
Carroll at Lakeland
2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Loras
2:00 PM
Millikin at Greenville
2:00 PM
Coe at Wheaton (Ill.)
2:00 PM
Presentation at Luther
2:00 PM
Martin Luther at Maranatha Baptist
2:00 PM
MacMurray at Culver-Stockton
2:00 PM
Eureka at Knox
2:00 PM
UW-Stout at Dakota Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
Video
2:00 PM
Ripon at St. Scholastica
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Hendrix at Westminster (Mo.)
2:10 PM
UW-Eau Claire at St. Thomas
3:00 PM
St. Norbert at Carthage
4:00 PM
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Puget Sound
4:00 PM
Lewis and Clark at Whitworth
4:00 PM
College of Idaho at Pacific
4:30 PM
Arizona Christian at George Fox
5:00 PM
Hartwick at Western Connecticut
6:00 PM
Salisbury at Christopher Newport
6:00 PM
Augustana at Mount St. Joseph
7:00 PM
Carnegie Mellon at Case Western Reserve
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Stevenson at N.C. Wesleyan
7:00 PM
Butler at Wittenberg
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Gallaudet
Audio
7:00 PM
Wooster at Washington and Jefferson
7:00 PM
Geneva at Frostburg State
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Thiel at Allegheny
7:00 PM
Taylor (Ind.) at Anderson
7:00 PM
Hiram at Westminster (Pa.)
7:00 PM
Denison at Earlham
7:00 PM
Greensboro at Guilford
7:00 PM
Albion at UW-Stevens Point
7:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at North Park
7:00 PM
Beloit at Chicago
Live Stats
7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Howard Payne at Trinity (Texas)
7:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at Millsaps
7:00 PM
Sul Ross State at Texas Lutheran
7:00 PM
Robert Morris-Chicago at UW-Oshkosh
7:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at Dubuque
Live Stats Video
7:30 PM
Hanover at Centre
7:30 PM
Central at Benedictine
Live Stats Video Audio
8:00 PM
St. Olaf at Northwestern (Minn.)
8:00 PM
Hamline at Minnesota-Morris
8:00 PM
Lake Forest at Wisconsin Lutheran
8:00 PM
Wartburg at Augsburg
Audio
8:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
Dec. 20: All times Eastern
Final
at UW-Whitewater 52, Mount Union 14
@ Salem Stadium; Salem, Va.
Box Score Recap Photos Photos
Dec. 14: All times Eastern
Final
UW-Whitewater 16, at Mary Hardin-Baylor 15
Box Score Recap Recap Photos
Final
at Mount Union 41, North Central (Ill.) 40
Box Score Recap Recap Photos

What We're Reading