SAU Buzz

Bees Fall Short In Homecoming Game

by Erik Butzen
Posted on Oct 05, 2017

The St. Ambrose Fighting Bee football team (2-3) dropped a tough homecoming game to the St. Francis Fighting Saints (IL). This was St. Francis’ first win of the season, and the Bees’ third straight loss. Be

“We all knew they would come out ready to go,” St. Ambrose Defensive Back Vance Bohlen said. “They were an 0-3 football team who lost to some high quality opponents, they came out playing like they had nothing to lose.”

The Bees put up a fight early in the game as they struck first with a 26 yard field goal by kicker Kenny Rowe. Although St. Ambrose scored first, St. Francis quarterback Aaron Ellis responded immediately with a 22-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Zach Moreno.

The Bees had no answer for Ellis as he tallied another first quarter touchdown pass and brought the Fighting Saints up 14-3.  He finished the game with 337 passing yards and 4 touchdown passes.

Possession time was a crucial factor in this game as the Fighting Saints had the ball for 34 minutes.

“What made them so successful was their third down play calling,” Bohlen said. “They continued to extend plays while we simply couldn’t execute on either side of the ball.”

St. Ambrose senior, quarterback Jake Romani, who has stepped in and played consistently for the Bees this season, took some hits from the St. Francis pass rush as he was sacked five times during the game. Three of those came from Fighting Saints Defensive Lineman Alex Zlomie. Romani finished the game completing 16 of his 31 passes, and one touchdown pass.

On a bright note for the Bees, senior defensive end Chris Overton continues to impress as he had six tackles for losses, two of them being sacks. He is currently near the top of the NAIA list for sacks and tackles for losses this season.

Although Overton played his heart out, the Bees defense had a hard time containing the Fighting Saints offense, as they fell behind 21-6 at the half.

Right out of the halftime gate, the St. Francis offense led an eight play, 75 yard drive capped off by an 11-yard touchdown run by running back, Perre’ Brian Barbarin.St. Francis started to pull away in the third quarter extending their lead to 35-6.

Late in the third, the Bees’ offense finally started to show some life as Romani led the Bees on a 66-yard drive finished by an 8-yard touchdown dart to tight end Carter Himmelman.

A touchdown drive led by the Bees early in the fourth was not enough to spark a comeback as they fell 42-19, dropping their third consecutive game.

The Fighting Bees Football team is looking to bounce back as they prepare to take on 8th-ranked Marian University next Saturday.

“We are just going to have to go back and look at the film,” Bohlen said. “ Correcting our techniques will be key in order to avoid any blown assignments next Saturday.”