Football - Sat, Sep. 18, 2004
CHICAGO - Sophomore running back Luke Schillo (Evergreen Park, Ill./Evergreen Park) finished with a game-high 72 yards rushing and two touchdowns to help lead the Saint Xavier University football team to its first win of the season in a 34-17 Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) crossover game victory over Malone College (Ohio) Saturday at SXU stadium. The Cougars improve to 1-2 overall on the season. In addition to Schillo, junior wide receiver Jarrod Nowman (Manteno, Ill./Bishop McNamara) also had a big day for SXU catching three passes for 97 yards and a touchdown. Junior quarterback John Perryman (Oak Lawn, Ill./Richards) completed 11 of his 17 passes for 148 yards and finished with both a touchdown pass and rush Saturday. The Cougars jumped ahead early in the game by scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter. The first score came on a blocked Malone field goal attempt by junior tight end Steve Miljus (Merrillville, Ind./Merrillville) that was recovered and returned 75 yards to the endzone by sophomore defensive back Tom Regnier (Manteno, Ill./Bishop McNamara). SXU scored again with 4:46 remaining in the first quarter when Schillo ran in from two yards out to put Saint Xavier ahead, 13-0.

Malone tacked on a field goal early in the second quarter to cut the lead to 10, 13-3. However, Perryman connected with Nowman for a 74-yard touchdown reception with just 6:14 remaining in the first half to give the Cougars a 20-3 halftime advantage. Saint Xavier scored two additional touchdowns in the third quarter to pull away for good. Schillo recorded his second rushing touchdown of the day on a three-yard strike at the 8:15 mark of the third quarter and Perryman scrambled in from eight yards out to put SXU up 34-3 with 1:32 remaining in the third.

Malone was able to connect on two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to junior wide receiver John Regas from sophomore quarterback Brad Reifsnyder, but the damage had already been done as the Cougars came away with the 34-17 victory. On the defensive side of the ball, senior defensive end Chris Kooistra (Chicago, Ill./Marist), junior defensive end LaRue Fitch (Kankakee, Ill./Bishop McNamara) and junior linebackers Jesse Swing (Rolling Prairie, Ind./New Prairie) and Vince Martinez (Chicago, Ill./St. Laurence) each posted a sack in the game.

Saint Xavier (1-2 overall) heads to Beaver Falls, Pa., next Saturday for its second and final MSFA crossover game of the season against Geneva College. Game time is set for 7 p.m. eastern time at Reeves Stadium.