SAU Buzz

Bees looking for strong finish down the stretch

by Bradley Burton
Posted on Oct 25, 2018

Over the last three games, the St. Ambrose Fighting Bees football team have gone 2-1 to put them at a record of 4-2 with four games left remaining in the regular season.


The Bees hosted their first home game on Sept. 22 beating Missouri Baptist University 25-20. Quarterback Jake Romani completed 14-24 completions while throwing for 192 yards and one touchdown. Running backs Jake Osterberger and Isaiah Hawkins helped the Bees out in the running game.


Osterberger led the way with 77 rushing yards on 17 carries scoring two touchdowns while Hawkins had 43 yards on nine carries adding a touchdown of his own.


Head Coach Mike Magistrelli was pleased with the way his team played at their first home game after starting the season with three straight road games.


“It was nice to play at home,” said Magistrelli. “It was homecoming for us and the fans made it a great atmosphere, seeing all the alumni there. The fact that we didn’t have to travel made it really nice because of all three road games were overnight stays and being back here was nice, so we got the full week in.”


Coming of their first home win of the season, the Bees hit the road to play St. Francis (Ill) in Joliet on Sept. 29.


The Bees came out victorious winning 33-19 after dominating much of the second half. Romani would have one of his best games of the season completing 24 out 36 passing attempts, throwing for 330 yards, and three touchdowns.


“Going into a place (St. Francis) that’s had our number over the last couple of years, be back on the road, and not only to win but to do it the way we did,” said Magistrelli. “We played great on both sides of the ball. The offense was executing, making some plays down the field and the defense coming up with some big stops.”


The Fighting Bees returned home playing against Marion University on Oct. 6, who was ranked #3 in the conference after beating St. Francis (Ind) a team that was ranked #1 and had not lost a game in nearly two years, winning back-to-back championships.


The Bees would not be able to keep up with Marion as they would lose 52-0 being shutout the first time this season.


“There are things we have to work on,” said Magistrelli. “Coming off the St. Francis (Ind) game, we were able to move forward, but with this happening again we need to look at it closer and see what we could’ve done, what we need to change going forward. I thought we could have competed a lot better than what we did.”


The Bees piled up only 195 total yards on offense with 118 yards coming from the running game. The Bees have four games remaining in the regular season. Three out of the four will be at home going against St. Xavier, Trinity International, and Olivet Nazarene.


The final away game will be at Robert Morris in Arlington Heights, IL, on Oct. 27.