Maroon football loses shootout at Hendrix 52-28

Dante Nepa and Jackson Garrey
Dante Nepa and Jackson Garrey

CONWAY, Ark. – Turnovers and a runaway Hendrix College offense sent the University of Chicago football team to a 52-28 loss on Saturday.

The Maroons dropped to 3-4 overall and 3-3 in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA). The Warriors (6-1, 4-1 SAA) racked up 760 yards of total offense with 519 passing and 241 rushing.

UChicago finished with 457 total yards on the day. Senior quarterback Burke Moser provided 344 yards on 32 of 53 passing – the fifth-straight game he has gone over 300 yards. He threw four touchdowns and was intercepted four times.

Freshman wide receiver Dante Nepa made seven catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns, while senior wide receiver Syd Reynolds hauled in nine catches for 77 yards and one touchdown. Junior running back Chandler Carroll broke the 100-yard rushing barrier with 118 yards on 28 carries, to go with seven catches for 47 yards.

Hendrix's offense started hot and stayed that way, scoring on its first three drives of the game. The opening touchdown drive lasted 16 plays, while the next two were quick strikes of only two plays each. The Warriors found particular success on third and fourth down, converting 75 percent of those scenarios (12 of 16).

After being intercepted on its first possession, UChicago came back on its next one with 90 yards on nine plays. Junior wide receiver Jamie Rieger snagged a 33-yard reception to get into Hendrix territory, and soon capped things with an 18-yard touchdown catch to tie the score at 7-7.

Facing a 21-7 deficit in the second quarter, the visitors rallied back to tie the game once again. Nepa was the target for both touchdowns, with each traveling 25 yards into the end zone. It marked his second multi-touchdown game of the season. However, the Warriors kicked a 32-yard field goal in the final seconds of the half to go up 24-21 at the break.

In the second half, the home side ran for two-straight touchdowns to expand the advantage to 38-21. Moser then found Reynolds for a two-yard score to draw within 38-28. But that was as close as the Maroons would get the rest of the way.

The Warriors proceeded to score twice more in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach. UChicago was intercepted in Hendrix territory on its final three drives to halt its comeback ambitions.

With his forced fumble in the second quarter, senior linebacker Jackson Garrey became UChicago's career leader in that category with seven total. Garrey also made 12 tackles to maintain his sizable SAA lead in tackles per game (12.4).

Freshman safety Bill Rotnicki compiled a team-high 13 tackles on the afternoon. Sophomore safety Jeremy Vincent made eight tackles and forced one fumble. Freshman linebacker Zachary Atiyeh also tallied eight tackles.

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  • Saturday, Oct. 29 – UChicago at Sewanee, 12 PM