Football - Sat, Oct. 2, 2004
CHICAGO - Sophomore running back Luke Schillo (Evergreen Park, Ill./Evergreen Park) scored a touchdown with 3:21 remaining in regulation to cap a 22-point, fourth-quarter rally that lifted the No. 25 Saint Xavier University football team over Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) foe William Penn University (Iowa), 25-21, Saturday at its annual homecoming game at SXU stadium. Schillo scored two touchdowns in the final quarter, while junior wide receiver Jarrod Nowman (Manteno, Ill./Bishop McNamara) tacked on another, to complete the comeback victory.
The SXU offense struggled to put points on the scoreboard in the game's first three quarters managing only a field goal, while missing two field goal attempts in the first half and having a pass intercepted in the endzone in the third quarter. WPU built up a 21-3 advantage over the first three quarters on three touchdowns.
After the Cougars took the 3-0 lead with 2:31 left in the first quarter on a field goal by freshman Shane Longest (Wilmington, Ill./Wilmington), William Penn answered with a 11-play, 67-yard drive that resulted in a six-yard touchdown run by sophomore tailback James Jackson. With a 7-3 halftime advantage, the Statesmen took to the air in the third quarter and scored two touchdowns, the first on a 16-yard catch by senior wideout Edward Simms and the second on a 48-yard completion to senior wide receiver Andy Stokes.
However, Saint Xavier refused to give up and with 13:17 remaining in the game Schillo ran it in from 11 yards out to pull the Cougars to within 10, following a successful two-point conversion on a completion by junior quarterback John Perryman (Oak Lawn, Ill./Richards) to freshman Jim Doherty (Evergreen Park, Ill./Evergreen Park). An interception by senior strong safety Matt Derry (Rockford, Ill./Boylan) on WPU's next play from scrimmage gave SXU the ball back with just over 13 minutes remaining.
Perryman hooked up with Nowman for a 29-yard touchdown strike to cut the lead to three, 21-18, with 9:30 left in regulation. The Cougars defense came up big again forcing the Statemen to punt after three straight plays and SXU capitalized with a one-yard touchdown run by Schillo on a 10-play, 45-yard drive highlighted by a 27-yard reception by Nowman on a 4th-and-6 situation.
William Penn had a shot to win it in the closing seconds driving 56 yards down the field with just 40 seconds remaining in the game, but sophomore cornerback Tom Regnier (Manteno, Ill./Bishop McNamara) came up big defensively for Saint Xavier batting away two William Penn passes in the endzone.
The Cougars (3-2 overall, 1-0 MSFA) head to Lebanon, Ill., on Saturday, October 9, to face conference foe McKendree College (Ill.). Game time is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.