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No. 5 Reinhardt defeats Bluefield to remain undefeated

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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

Football players appreciate fan support

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By Aaron Simmons

When it comes to Reinhardt athletics the university is considered an NAIA powerhouse and owning this esteemed title would not be possible without a support system.

Reinhardt University tight-end Quantavious Williams appreciates the fan support that the Eagles have accumulated recently. Williams credits the fan support for team motivation, adding a large following in such a small community is beneficial.

“The fans are very important; without the fans there is no reason to go out and play. They motivate us, they cheer us on every game win or lose they are behind us,” he said. “We are a small family-oriented campus and the more support, the more victorious we will be.”

Defensive lineman Jonquise Graves echoed his teammate’s sentiments.

“The fans keep us pumped up and we feed off of their energy,” Graves said. “Coming from an athlete you like performing in front of a big crowd so you’d want to see as many people there as possible. Having fans there is a way to show everyone how hard we’ve worked.”

RU Football’s defensive assistant Matthew Prather said since Reinhardt is a small community, it’s imperative that the support system remains strong.

“The fans at Reinhardt should come support the athletic teams because 9 times out of 10 a student is an athlete at the school, so everyone should support each other in other sports,” Prather said.

Being a small and growing university such as Reinhardt has its benefits. The small town feel and family orientation among the campus is irreplaceable. It is highly encouraged that all students of the university get up, get out with friends and go support fellow students both on and off the field.

“The fans are like the wind beneath our wings. Without them, we cannot fly as Eagles,” Williams said.