Bellarmine’s 3-0 start to the season was completed by Reid’s pick-six late in the fourth quarter as the Knights defeated the Hawks 12-0 in MSFL play at QU Stadium to claim their first-ever shutout.
Brenden Reid may have had the most rushes for the Bellarmine University sprint football team on Saturday’s game in Quincy, but his best play was on the other side of the ball.
A new rivalry between former GLVC rivals in a new sport was established during the game between Bellarmine (3-0) and Quincy (1-2). Due to problems in the red zone, the Knights were clinging to a 6-0 lead late in the final quarter, but Reid recovered an interception 43 yards with 55 seconds left to sew up Bellarmine’s second road win in as many tries.
In the fourth quarter, Quincy posed its most serious threat to score. The Hawks advanced the ball to the Bellarmine 19 after a 28-yard throw from Nick Manzo to Ethan Hentges as they fell behind 6-0. The Knights’ defense became even more resolute when Royce Hall stripped Manzo on third-and-12 for a 9-yard loss, and Boston University forced an incomplete pass on the subsequent play.
It was appropriate that the defense produced the play that won the game. Quincy was reduced to 229 total yards by Bellarmine’s “D,” which also made the Hawks one-dimensional. They gained 203 yards through passing but only 26 on their 26 rushes.
On the ensuing drive, Bellarmine ate up over four minutes of the clock, substantially aided by a running into the kicker penalty on a punt that resulted in a first down. The Knights snuffed off the Hawks’ hopes of a game-tying touchdown drive with Reid’s pick-six with less than a minute left after they recovered the ball but had little time to do anything.
The sole offensive touchdown for Bellarmine was a 16-yard pass from Dylan Gough to Jerry McGee in the second quarter. A 20-yard run crucially set up the touchdown by Reid and a 10-yard reception by Devan Hendricks on a third-and-5.
Bellarmine undoubtedly had opportunities to extend its lead. The Knights attempted a fake field goal in the third quarter but were unsuccessful in getting the ball inside the five-yard line. Later, Hall stopped a punt from putting Bellarmine at the Quincy 20. However, the Knights failed to convert on a well-designed fourth-and-4 play with the wide receiver open close to the tower.
Reid, Caleb Murray, and Hendricks each recorded 12 tackles in Bellarmine’s historic shutout, while Reid recorded nine. Reid made his second interception of the year with this one. Two games in a row saw pick-six touchdowns for the Knights. Reid was also the offensive rushing leader, racking up 76 yards on his 16 carries. Gough completed eight passes for 140 yards, with two catches each going to Reid and Hendricks.
The following Saturday at St. Xavier High School at 1 p.m. (ET), Bellarmine will host Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods.