Ruemler (back right), France (right), and Hosselton (left) totaled 25 tackles for the Tigers on Saturday
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Following
their first win of the season, the ONU football team returned to Ward Field for
an afternoon showdown with Siena Heights University (Mich.). The Saints scored early and late to win over the
Tigers 14-0. ONU struggled to find any offense all day, but was able to stay in
the game defensively.
The Saints (3-1) possessed the ball for almost two-thirds of
the game, and they dominated the first quarter with a first drive of 5:52 that
went 92 yards on 12 plays. Travis Damron ran it in from 13 yards. ONU (1-3) struggled
to stop Siena Heights, giving up eight first downs on the drive.
Later in the quarter, ONU got the ball on their own 27-yard
line and took it 40 yards, but Andrew
Muzljakovich (Vicksburg, Mich.) was
unable to convert a career-high 50-yard field goal.
The Saints again controlled the tempo of the game with a
run-first attack, taking 9:59 off the clock during the drive. The Tigers were unable
to keep points off the board when Ron France blocked Victor Bodrie’s field goal
from 33 yards. For the remainder of the half, each team contributed to a total of
five punts and zero points. Only two first downs were converted the rest of the
Trailing 7-0 in the second half and needing to find rhythm offensively, the Tigers continued to run into the Saints' defense. On their second drive of the
half, they were intercepted by Fred Butler. They punted it two other times;
Muzljakovich had seven punts on the day and averaged 46.7 yards.
In the fourth quarter, the Saints started to move into ONU
territory, converting on four first downs en route to an eventual touchdown at
the 9:57 mark. Matt King found Reggie Blackmon from 5 yards out to make it 14-0. The
drive went 13 plays and 91 yards (6:51). The Tiger offense had two more chances
to make a comeback, but failed to make a first down on the first and intercepted
by DeShawn Gilbert on the second.
For the Tigers' offense, freshman quarterback Ryan Sample (Manteno, Ill.) threw for 149 yards (16-for-30) and two interceptions. Without running back
David Payne, who is out for the season with a shoulder injury, the Tigers ran
for just 10 total yards on 16 carries. Rico
Prestia (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) caught seven balls for 72 yards, and Aaron
Salas (San Marcos, Calif.) had five catches for 50 yards.
ONU’s defense allowed 442 total yards and 28 first downs. Junoir Brandon
Ruemler (Williamsport, Ind.) led the Tigers with 11 tackles and a half
tackle for loss. Mark Kosrow (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) had 10 tackles. Ron
France (St. Charles, Ill.) had eight tackles, a tackle for loss and a blocked
field goal. Lance Craft (Onondaga, Mich.)
had six tackles and two tackles for loss (five yards).
Saints' quarterback Matt King was 19 for 28 for 191 yards with
one touchdown, while running for 34 yards on eight carries. Travis Damron led
the Saints with 25 rushes for 118 yards and a score. Campbell caught six balls
for 60 yards, and Reggie Blackmon had three catches for 34 yards and a
The Tigers will be back in action at noon on Saturday, Oct. 5, on
the road against No. 24 Trinity International University (Ill.).