With nearly 700 yards of offense, it should come as no surprise that a few records fell as Reinhardt beat Bethel 65-35 on Saturday.
In addition to L.J. Stegall, who became the Eagles’ first 1,000-yard rusher, setting a new mark for rushing yards in a game with 152, receiver Aaron Kennedy put his name in the record book, too.
Kennedy, just three weeks removed from seeing his playing time limited by injury, set Reinhardt records in receptions (13) and receiving yards (172).
Throwing those passes was another record-setter in Johnathon Chamblee. The sophomore quarterback completed a record 23 passes in 33 attempts.
The Eagles finished with 681 yards of offense, with 403 coming on the ground and 278 from Chamblee. Reinhardt’s offense ran 97 plays.
ROAD WARRIORS: The Eagles continued to achieve their best results when playing on the road.
Reinhardt is 2-3 this season, with both of those wins coming on the road. The only away game the team has lost this season was at Mercer — which also happens to be the only time Reinhardt played another team from Georgia.
Over the last two years, the Eagles are 6-0 when playing outside of Georgia and just 2-7 when playing within the state.
“We seem to play well when we spend the night away from home,” coach Danny Cronic said. “We get a little closer to one another.”
Cronic said he can understand why teams at the Division I level will stay in a hotel even, when they play at home.
“I have no doubt why they do that,” Cronic said. “I mean, they are eating good, and all of that is positive when we are away from home.”
SHORT FIELD: Reinhardt worked with short field several times against Bethel and came away with a touchdown each time.
The Eagles first capitalized on the short field in the first quarter, when Ian McIntosh capped a 29-yard drive with a touchdown on the third play.
The Reinhardt defense forced a turnover during Bethel’s next possession to give the Eagles’ offense another drive starting in Bethel territory. That drive covered 39 yards in five plays and ended with another McIntosh touchdown.
The trend continued into the second quarter, when Bethel fumbled on the first play of the period, and Reinhardt recovered on the 9-yard line. After inching closer to the end zone, the Eagles’ Deonte Dennis pushed the ball into the end zone from a yard out.
Later, in the fourth quarter, Reinhardt received favorable field position when it recovered an onside kick following a Bethel touchdown. That drive by the Eagles was finished with a 22-yard touchdown run by Stegall.
CATCHING A BREAK: Throughout the season, it seems the Eagles have committed penalties at all the wrong times, and calls rarely went in their favor, but it was their turn to get a little help Saturday.
On fourth-and-11 deep inside Bethel territory, Reinhardt elected to go for it. The pass by Chamblee fell incomplete, but a flag was thrown for pass interference.
Reinhardt moved half the distance to the goal and received a fresh set of downs. Two plays later, Niagel Curtis punched the ball in from a yard out to make it 35-14.
GETTING DEFENSIVE: Reinhardt entered the game struggling to get off the field on fourth down, but it limited Bethel to a 3-of-11 success rate on conversions.
D.J. Brown provided several defensive highlights. He had four tackles, recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass.
COMING UP: Reinhardt will be back in action for its sixth consecutive week when it hosts Union for Saturday’s noon homecoming at Ken White Field.
The game will be the last chance for fans to see the Eagles in Waleska for more than a month. The Eagles will have a bye week Oct. 11 before heading out on the road to face Belhaven on Oct. 18 and Cumberlands on Oct. 25.
Reinhardt will have another bye Nov. 1 before traveling to Tennessee to take on Cumberland the following week. The Eagles will finally play in front of a home crowd again Nov. 15, for their regular-season finale against Campbellsville.