Football Falls To St. Norbert

The UChicago football team showed off their strong defense against St. Norbert College but failed to score falling to 3-3 on the season.

By Anna Rose

The University of Chicago men’s football team goes into this weekend’s homecoming matchup against Beloit College looking to improve on its 3–3 (1–1) record. The Maroons lost their first two games before winning their next three, losing last week’s contest at St. Norbert College. Beloit will come into this game winless, at 0–6. 

“This season has been full of many bright moments for us,” said second-year Dante Nepa, who has received the most touchdowns so far this year.  “Our defense has been stellar in all six games so far. Our offense has had some great moments as well. In addition, a number of freshmen have stepped up big time and made some huge plays. Jackson Ross, Ryan Montgomery, and Dylan Faires have been lights out of defense. Michael Martinson, Riley Trettel, Vittorio Tricase, and Campbell Garrett have contributed greatly to our offense, and a number of first-years on special teams have made a bunch of great contributions.”

Both the Maroons and the Beloit Buccaneers have played two common opponents. The Maroons opened up their three-game winning streak with a victory at Illinois College, winning handily, 28–7. The Buccaneers did not fare as well, dropping their contest at Illinois College 29–61. The Maroons also won against Cornell by a final score of 55–10. The Buccaneers lost their matchup against Cornell 36–55. 

While Beloit’s record may not be impressive, the Buccaneers have put up some forcible offensive numbers. They are currently averaging 26 PPG, 199.4 rushing yards per game, and 220.4 passing yards per game, for a total of 419.8 yards per game. The Beloit offense will clash with a tough Maroon defense, which has only allowed 16.2 PPG and 285.7 yards per game. 

“Our biggest point of emphasis is staying focused on the game and finishing what we started,” Nepa said. “It is important for us to enjoy all that comes with homecoming, while still being focused on winning the game, and hopefully winning the rest of the season. Coach Wilkerson has emphasized ‘finishing’ each game, and nothing changes this week.”

Offensively, the Maroons average 22.8 PPG and gain 306.5 yards per game. The Buccaneers are giving up a whopping 48.8 PPG, along with 477 yards per game. With regards to statistics, the Maroons are walking into a favorable matchup this homecoming weekend. 

The University of Chicago Maroons will take on the Beloit Buccaneers in this Saturday’s homecoming contest. The Maroons will kick off at 1:30 p.m. at Stagg Field.