Nationally ranked Reinhardt walloped Bluefield College 64-3 to kick off a day filled with sporting events over Family Weekend.
Reinhardt, ranked No. 5 in the NAIA, started the game in exciting fashion as defender Jalen Holloman leveled Bluefield’s kickoff returner in a powerful show of force.
In the first quarter, the Eagles defense stopped Bluefield’s opening drive with a forced fumble by Marcus Miller and recovery by Juice Arnold. The Eagles offense seemed to be firing on all cylinders as the offense scored on their first three possessions, finishing the quarter with a 21-0 lead. Bluefield answered back with a field goal to make the game 21-3. The Eagles scored three more touchdowns to take a 41-3 lead into halftime. Reinhardt appeared to be nothing less than focused entering the second half as they tacked on two touchdowns to a lead that was already out of reach.
“We came into the game focused this week, and we felt like nothing would hold us back from pulling away with the W,” said tight end, Quantavious Williams.
Reinhardt’s focus didn’t let up entering the third quarter, and the team added two more touchdowns to extend their lead to 55-3. In the fourth quarter, the Reinhardt defense kept Bluefield scoreless and added 9 more points from a safety and touchdown by Deonte Dennis.
“Our defense is one of the best in the nation for a reason. Week in and week out, our scout teams try to give our starters the best looks as possible during practice so they can dominate at game time,” said lineman Scooter Williams.
The Eagles backfield combined for a total of 7 rushing touchdowns and piled on 392 rushing yards. Rushers Deonte Dennis, Dominique Swope, Ryan Thompson and Jay Ashley were responsible for the touchdowns. Reinhardt was also successful with their passing game as senior quarterback Ryan Thompson connected with Tyler Bradley, and quarterback Jay Ashley connected with Williams.
Reinhardt’s defense has not allowed a single touchdown on their home field this season. The Eagles advanced to 5-0 with the win.
The Eagles will be back on the road this week as they travel to Montgomery, Alabama to take on Faulkner University at 1:30 p.m.
Written By: Aaron Simmons. Photos By: Aaron Simmons