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Bees looking for winning record since 2015

by Bradley Burton
Posted on Nov 08, 2018

With two game left in the regular season, the St. Ambrose Fighting Bees are looking to finish the season on winning note and hoping for a chance at a conference title.

Coming off their bye week, the Bees returned home on Oct. 20 to play the St. Xavier Cougars. The Bees would not be able to come away with the victory losing 34-20.

At halftime the Cougars led 24-7, but the Bees would control most of the second half coming back, but still down 24-20. A turnover would play into the Cougars favor as they were able to pull away with the win.

“It was a tough start to the game,” said head coach Mike Magistrelli. “Going into the halftime, it wasn’t as bad as it seemed. We were playing really well, defensive we were playing great but on offense we missed some opportunities and that hurt us in some ways.”

Despite the offensive struggles in the game, wide receiver Tanner Champley was back on the field after missing the last two games due to a concussion.

“It was nice to have him back,” said Magistrelli. “It was a big loss for us offensively, some of our other wide receivers had to take on different roles.”

After the loss against St. Xavier, the Fighting Bees would hit the road on Oct. 27 to play the Robert Morris Eagles in Chicago. The Eagles and Bees battled back and forth throughout the game but the Bees would pull away winning 37-27.

Quarterback Jake Romani threw for 319 yards along with three passing touchdowns. Romani would also lead the team in rushing running for 46 yards.

Tanner Champley led the way in receiving yards hauling in eight catches for 84 yards adding a touchdown of his own.

“Going on the road and traveling for about three and a half hours can be tough especially when we have to play that night but I’m proud of the way our guys handled it,” said Magistrelli.

A big defensive play for the Bees was linebacker Taylor O’Donnell coming up with a big safety before halftime. Other defensive highlights for the Bees would be big fourth down stops and a interception by Kobe Easley that would end Robert Morris’s hopes of winning.

The Bees will finish out their season the rest of the way at home going up against Olivet Nazarene University on November 10.