Saint Xavier takes an upset win over No. 16 Saint Francis (Ind.), while Marian’s Ben Stevens breaks a Mideast League record in a busy Week 5.
SAINT XAVIER 25, #16 SAINT FRANCIS (IND.) 20
No. 16 Saint Francis jumped out to a 10-0 lead over Saint Xavier, but a pair of TD catches from Justin Pringle and key plays on special teams and defense led the Cougars to a come-from-behind upset victory, 25-20.
Pringle recorded his first score in the second quarter, before a 23-yard field goal from USF’s Jack James made it a 13-7 score in favor of hosts Saint Francis at the half. In the third quarter, Jacob Denney blocked and returned a field goal 74 yards to tie the game, and on the next USF drive, Kevin Countryman recorded his second pick-six in as many games to put Saint Xavier in front.
Heath Simmons would find Cameron Peterson for a 17-yard TD pass after Isaiah Higgins’ interception set up Saint Francis in the red zone, giving the home team a 20-19 edge. Both sides traded punts before Stuart Ross led SXU on a 95-yard drive, finding Pringle from 25 yards out for the game-winning TD midway through the fourth quarter.
Saint Francis would drive inside the red zone once more, but three straight incompletions from the SXU 13-yard line would end the comeback attempt.
Pringle finished the day with 82 yards on five receptions, while Ross went 25-for-35 through the air for 215 yards. Simmons completed 23 of 41 passes for 245 yards and a TD. On the other side of the ball Saint Xavier had four players reach double-digit tackles, led by Joey Markasovic’s 13 stops on the day. Nate Talhelm recorded 11 tackles along with a fumble recovery for Saint Francis, while A.J. Moore picked up two and a half sacks.
#5 MARIAN 45, MISSOURI BAPTIST, 7
Marian wide receiver Ben Stevens set the MSFA Mideast League single-game record with 283 receiving yards, as the 5th-ranked Knights cruised to a 45-7 win at Missouri Baptist.
Stevens collected eight receptions in the win, including three TDs of 60, 57, and 54 yards. His receiving total is the third-highest in MSFA history, and the most since Beau Foiles (St. Ambrose) set the mark of 293 yards in 2009.
Marian QB Zach Bundalo completed 16 of 20 passes in the win, for 390 yards and four TDs. The lone Missouri Baptist score came from the defensive unit, as Charvell McCall ran an interception back 48 yards for a TD in the third quarter.
For the Spartans, Josh Munn led the offense with six receptions for 91 yards. Blake Kight registered 11 tackles with a forced fumble for MBU. Logan Blake, Tyler Majors, and Deon Pettiford all made sacks for the Marian defense.
#10 INDIANA WESLEYAN 63, TRINITY INTERNATIONAL 6
Forty-nine first-half points gave No. 10 Indiana Wesleyan a dominant home victory on Saturday, as the Wildcats cruised to a 63-6 win over Trinity International.
Indiana Wesleyan rushed for 274 yards in the win, and were led by Jameson Chesser, who collected 132 rushing yards and a TD on 15 carries. Daniel Weems found the end zone twice, tallying 55 yards on seven rushing attempts, as five Wildcats in all recorded a rushing TD in the win.
For the Trojans, wideout Cameron Jones reached the century mark, making five catches for 102 yards and a TD. Defensively, Deven Arevalo and Jeremy Walton each had a game-high nine tackles for TIU.
Isaac Abeo and Anthony Cheesebourough registered sacks for IWU, while Lane Ruby grabbed two interceptions in the win.
#20 ROOSEVELT 42, LAWRENCE TECH 28
Lawrence Tech would take the lead on the first play from scrimmage on Homecoming weekend, but the host Blue Devils were unable to keep pace with the 20th-ranked Lakers, as Roosevelt earned a 42-28 road victory.
Tyler Kulka connected with Kendyl Williams for a 75-yard TD on the opening play, but Roosevelt bounced back with 28 unanswered points in the first half behind a pair of TD passes from Luke Wilson, and two rushing TDs from Tyler Tenner.
Kulka connected with Williams again in the third quarter as the LTU quarterback threw for 382 yards and four TDs on the day, but Lawrence Tech were never able to pull even with the Lakers, as Benjamin Little added two rushing TDs in the second half for the visitors.
Wilson finished with 312 yards and two TDs for Roosevelt, while Tenner rushed for 130 yards on 29 carries. Jack Young, Jr. led the RU receivers with 89 yards and a TD on five catches.
Williams finished the day with 132 receiving yards and a pair of scores on seven receptions. Defensively, Tommy Lappin collected a game-high 14 tackles for the Blue Devils.
Zavier Barnes made eight stops for Roosevelt, and Dionte Moorehead finished the day with one and a half sacks.
ST. FRANCIS (ILL.) 19, SIENA HEIGHTS 14
Trailing 14-10 at the half, St. Francis would score nine points over two plays to turn the tables on Siena Heights for a 19-14 Homecoming victory.
In a defensive struggle that saw both sides held to under 20 yards of total offense, Siena Heights struck first on a Kaleb Jefferson 4-yard TD run in the first quarter. St. Francis would briefly claim the lead after a Brian Maday field goal and a 28-yard pass from Sam Tumilty to Kemond Cohran, giving the Saints a 10-7 edge.
On the following possession, SHU reclaimed the lead just before the halftime break, as Ryan Minor connected with Michael Guyton for a 15-yard TD pass.
After the St. Francis defense held Siena Heights to a three-and-out on their first drive of the third quarter, a bad snap went through the back of the end zone for a safety. Scott Tumilty then returned the safety punt 58 yards for a TD and suddenly the home team was in front, 19-14.
Both teams would see drives reach the red zone down the stretch, but finish with no points. Saint Francis would secure the win on the final play of the game, as Terrance Nicholson’s interception in the end zone closed out the victory.
Guyton had the strongest day for either offense, finishing with 90 receiving yards and a TD on eight catches. Kole Murlin collected a game-high 15 tackles including a half-sack.
Scott Tumilty and Michael Whitney each had ten tackles to lead the St. Francis defense, which reached the SHU quarterback for seven sacks on the day. Ryan King finished with three and a half sacks in the win, while Nicholas, Nick Mabutas, and Angel Mata all registered interceptions in the win.
OLIVET NAZARENE 49, TAYLOR 14
Olivet Nazarene jumped out to an early lead, opening the game with 21 unanswered points in a 49-14 road win at Taylor.
Cameron Crouch completed 12 of 24 passes for 217 yards and a pair of rushing TDs to lead the Tigers to their first win of the year, before being pulled in the third quarter with a 35-7 lead. Brian Jenkins led the Olivet receivers with 110 yards on four catches and a TD, while Evan Leake collected 91 rushing yards on 12 carries.
Elijah McCloskey threw for 162 yards and a pair of TDs for the Trojans, twice finding Hutson Hohlbein in the end zone. Jacob Hockett had a game-high nine tackles for the Taylor defense, while Reid Wheeler made eight stops and grabbed an interception.
For the Tigers, Abraham Flores-Cuen and Josh Miser each made eight tackles and had two sacks in the win.
JUDSON 31, MADONNA 9
Christian Miller threw a pair of TDs as Judson collected 495 yards of total offense in a 31-9 Homecoming victory over Madonna.
The Eagles opened the scoring late in the first quarter, with a 13-play, 99-yard drive resulting in a 16-yard Brandon Mackey touchdown. Miller then threw TD passes to Dakari Ferguson and O’Vauntay Vickers to give Judson a 21-0 lead midway through the third quarter.
Madonna would get on the scoreboard in the third, after an interception from Cortland Cochran set up the Crusaders inside the Judson 15-yard line. Josh DePaulis found Luke Pfromm for a 4-yard TD pass, and one the next Judson possession, an intentional grounding call from inside the end zone resulted in a Madonna safety.
The Eagles would close out the win with 10 fourth-quarter points, as Miller finished with 199 yards on 21-of-39 passing. Mackey collected 194 yards on 27 carries, while Vickers led the JU receivers with 74 yards on eight receptions.
Novell Chestnut finished with a team-high 73 receiving yards for the Crusaders, on four catches. Carl Ware led the defense with 10 tackles.
Trey Sayers tallied five tackles along with a pair of forced fumbles and one of three Judson fumble recoveries in the win.