Hawks squeak out a win in inaugural Sprint Football game

The sprint football team grouped together in the endzone celebrating their win in the first game of program history

Quincy University was able to showcase one of their three newest additions to the athletic programs they already house, sprint football kicked off their first ever season and game in program history Sept. 17. 

Couple of players in their lockerroom putting on equipment and getting ready to go play their first game in program history
Players getting ready before the game

To the average viewer’s eye, sprint football doesn’t seem like much different of a game in the way it’s played compared to NCAA football games. The main differences between the two variations of the game has to do mainly with the size and weight of players, as there is a limit to both. 

A more in-depth briefing/breakdown of the rules and requirements for this sport can be found here. 

On Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022 the Hawks traveled to St. Louis, MO to take on the Fontboone University Griffins. They won in semi-uneventful fashion offensively, as they only won by a score of 7 to 0. 

“It wasn’t pretty to any standard but we got the job done. Getting the win was the goal and now we just have to improve on some things heading into the next one and do the same,”  Ian Speth said. 

The only score of the game for the Hawks came from senior quarterback Taylor Klusmeyer on a two yard run as time in the 1st quarter was winding down with 13 seconds left on the clock. 

The game was a season opener full of trials and tribulations for both teams as neither could stay off the statistics sheet with turnovers and penalties coming throughout the game from both sides of the ball. 

Klusmeyer had an efficient outing in his first start, throwing the ball 28 times with 13 completions being made, accounting for 93 yards through the air. He also had 21 carries for 73 yards and the only touchdown, or score for that matter, of the game. 

“I am not too worried about offensive production moving forward, we were doing all the right things, just not executing them in the way that we needed to. It will come in time,” Camden Pye said. 

Highlighted for the Hawks defensively this game were middle linebacker Jaree Jones and weak side linebacker Ray Lingard, both recording and leading the defensive with a co-team high 7 tackles. 

“I haven’t played in nearly three years so to get back out there on the field and have the kind of success that I did in only the first game, people are going to have to pay attention to who we are the rest of this year, that’s all I know,” Ray Lingard said.  

The Hawks next contest will come on Saturday, Sept 24, 2022 at 1 p.m. when they travel to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana to take on the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Pomeroys. 

Their home opener is the weekend after on Saturday, Oct 1, 2022 when they host Bellarmine University at 1 p.m. as well. The remainder of the season schedule can be found here.

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