LAKELAND — It didn’t take long Saturday to realize how good Reinhardt University football was after the 7th-ranked Eagles took advantage of three Warner fumbles in the first quarter and defeated the Royals 49-17 at Viking Stadium on the campus of Lakeland Christian School.
The Eagles built a 28-0 margin after one period as Reinhardt set the tone early on both sides of the ball.
After a preseason No. 2 ranking, the Eagles (2-1) lost their opener 31-21 at Bethel, but rallied to defeat Georgetown (Ky.), 45-21, rolling up 350 yards on the ground.
By the end of the first half they had totaled 183 total yards, 146 rushing, against Warner.
“We have a schedule like nobody else in the world has,” Warner head coach Rod Shafer said of the three ranked teams his team will play.
The wheels started to come off for Warner after Reinhardt's Montrali Mosley scored from 1-yard out to make it 14-0 in the first quarter.
On the next play from scrimmage, Warner quarterback Andre Tommie lost the first of two fumbles, and Eagles senior linebacker Chase Hawkins recovered and ran the ball 29 yards for the score.
On the third play of the Royals' next drive, sophomore defensive end J.T. picked up the second Tommie fumble and rambled 35 yards to paydirt, giving the Eagles a 28-0 lead.
Reinhardt tacked on another score, a nine-play, 29-yard drive, ending with a Josh Vinson 8-yard run,
“We had trouble running our offense , running zones and the veer, which was similar to what we ran into last week,” Shafer said.
Before the first half ended, Warner’s outstanding kicker Justin Dalton connected with a 32-yard field goal.
A bright spot for the Royals was the running of sophomore Javon Wilson, who picked up the 56 yards, 27 on one burst, in the third. The former Lake Region standout (5-9, 220) also scored Warner’s first touchdown on a 7-yard run with 7:45 remaining in the third.
Wilson ended with 79 yards on 18 carries (4.4 per) and freshman quarterback Michael Young made an impression in the closing minutes as he ran five times for 17 yards, was 3-for-4 passing and 49 yards, including the closing touchdown of 43 yards to junior Kevin Laws.
“Javon ran hard and you have to realize he was a three-time power lifting state champion,” said Shafer.
The Royals travel to Kentucky next Saturday for a game against Pikeville Universty starting at 1:30 p.m.
Warner officials confirmed they will play their remaining home games at 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays at Lakeland Christian’s Viking Stadium . This will include Edward Waters on October 6, 18th-ranked Southeastern on October 13 and Webber International , October 27.
Southeastern 58, Cincinnati Christian 14
CINCINNATI — Southeastern racked up more than 500 yards of total offense in a rout of Cincinnati Christian on Saturday.
The Fire (2-1) piled up 232 yards on the ground and another 318 through the air.
Ryder Litten went 10-for-17 for 168 yards and two touchdowns, while Elijah Ottean was 3-for-4 for 118 yards and two scores as well. Cooper Jones also threw a touchdown pass for the Fire.
Tyrell Williams led Southeastern on the ground with 87 yards on 11 carries, while Bryan Bell ran for 77 yards and a touchdown on just two attempts. Deshawn Brown also scored a rushing touchdown for the Fire.
Four different Fire receivers caught touchdowns as Antwain Adams had two and Bell, Maruice Anglin and Evan Beal each had one. Adams finished with 95 yards on five catches.