ADDY BINK | SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
St. Norbert football took their second consecutive shutout against the University of Chicago Saturday at Schneider Stadium. The 10-0 victory puts the Green Knights at 2-0 in conference play, 4-2 overall.
The Green Knights kicked off to start the game and allowed the University of Chicago Maroons only five plays before Sam Koss ’18 intercepted the ball, returning it to the Maroons’ 43-yard line. Quarterback Jack Becker ’18 completed a 41-yard pass to Samuel Staehling ’20 on the first offensive play by SNC. After three failed attempts to score, Spenser Thompson-Meyers ’19 scored on a 20-yard field goal, putting the Green Knights up 3-0 in the first quarter.
SNC gained the ball back and did not let go easily. They went 88-yards in 14 plays, scoring early in the second quarter. Becker ’18 connected with Sean Ferraro ’19 for a 24-yard touchdown. After a Thompson-Meyers ’19 extra point, the Green Knights lead 10-0. That was the final scoring drive for the rest of the game.
Neither offense was able to penetrate the opposing defense in the second half. For the second consecutive week, the St. Norbert defense kept their opponent from advancing beyond the 30-yard line. The Maroons’ furthest drive ended at the 32-yard line of the Green Knights. The Maroons went no further than the 42-yard line in the second quarter and remained in their half during the fourth quarter. Despite this, the SNC offense could not find the end zone again.
The Green Knights outdid the Maroons in rushing yards, 135-74, as well as in passing yards, 138-61. The SNC offense gained 273 yards in 64 plays while the defense completed three sacks for a total Maroons loss of 21 yards.
Becker ’18 complete 10 of 24 passes for 138 yards. Staehling ’20 went 102 yards from seven passes and Ferraro ’19 rushed for 86 yards in 28 attempts.
The defense performed equally as well as the offense with 16 tackles resulting in loss for Chicago. Matt Barrett ’19 had a team high of eight tackles and Hunter Prokash ’18 had six. Matt Gurgone ’19 put up four tackles-for-loss while Kordell Draves ’20 and Ben Kornowski ’18 completed three each.
St. Norbert will face Lawrence University at home Saturday to continue conference play.