St. Andrews University scored the first points of the game on Saturday, but it was No. 17 Reinhardt which took full control in second half en route to its fourth win in a row.
With two games remaining in the regular season, Reinhardt (7-2, 4-0) took sole possession of first place in the Appalachian Division of the Mid-South Conference on Saturday with a 48-28 road win at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, North Carolina. Trevae Cain rushed for 93 yards and four touchdowns to help Reinhardt total 371 rushing yards and 493 yards of total offense.
It was the 50th career win for the Reinhardt senior class and the last road game of the regular season as the Eagles will return home for the final two games. After starting the season slow offensively, and dropping two games in the middle of their schedule, the Eagles are trending upward in every way heading down the back stretch of the season.
“I like where we’re headed,” Reinhardt head coach James Miller said. “I think we’re getting better. Hopefully we can keep getting healthy. There are still plays we’re leaving out there and if we’re fortunate enough to keep playing those are the things that are going to catch up to you.”
St. Andrews (3-4, 3-1) led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter but two Cain touchdowns and an Alex Hardy field goal helped the Eagles take a 17-14 lead into halftime. St. Andrews entered Saturday’s game averaging 52 points over its previous three contests, but Reinhardt’s defense held the home team to 2-for-9 on third downs and sacked its quarterbacks three times. Seth Fallen continued his impressive senior season with three tackles, one tackle for loss and a sack. Fallen now leads Reinhardt with 10.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks.
“Seth (Fallen) is a guy where heading into last summer we questioned whether he could be a backup for us,” Miller said. “I challenged him to stay here over the summer and work to get better and that’s exactly what he did. He worked his tail off in the weight room and it’s been a blessing to see him grow this season. It’s really a testament to how much work he put in.”
The Eagles’ offense began to click in the second half. Otis Odom, who finished with a 108 return yards, sparked the team with a kickoff return to midfield. On the ensuing play, Cain took the ball 55 yards for his third score of the game.
“Trevae (Cain) is one of the best players on our team, no doubt,” Miller said. “He can do a lot of things beyond just running ball and he’s very versatile for what we do.”
Junior quarterback Billy Hall continued to play well finishing 11-for-16 passing for 122 yards while adding 90 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Hardy added another field goal and M’Calun Lanier found the end zone as well before Cain capped his day with his fourth touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
Miller said he’s never been a part of a team which has incurred as many injuries as the Eagles have this season, and he’s been impressed by the depth on the roster.
“We’ve really been through a lot this year,” Miller said. “There’s not many teams in the country who can be missing as many guys on the offensive line as we have been missing and still be able to move the ball. We had some some guys play better this week. Logan Garner probably played the best game of his career at guard and we have other guys playing well out of their natural position.
“The same thing with the defensive line. We’ve been missing guys up front who are some of the best players on our team. I’m really proud of our coaching staff for mixing, matching and finding ways to put guys in a position to be successful.”
Reinhardt will return home this week to play at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday against Cincinnati Christian University.