CHICAGO – Benet’s football team could not overcome mental miscues and first half blunders against host Marist on Friday.
A 6-0 start to the regular season now seems like a distant memory for the Redwings, who dropped their last two games, sliding to third place the East Suburban Catholic Conference.
Benet could not surmount a sloppy start on Friday, as the offense turned the ball over seven times in the first half en route to a 49-21 loss. Marist scored five touchdowns – including two pick sixes – off of Redwings turnovers.
“You cannot make that many mental errors and expect to win,” Benet head coach Pat New said.
“But, those type of mistakes are fixable and we will look play much more efficiently in the final game.”
Although Benet fell behind 14-0 early in the first quarter, return man Ryan Parks cut the deficit to one score when he juked his way to a 90-yard kickoff return touchdown.
The Redwings forced a Marist punt on the ensuing possession but then gave it back on an interception, which was returned 23 yards for a RedHawks touchdown.
Benet could not overcome the deflating blow, as the RedHawks piled on, built a 42-7 halftime lead and cruised to a comfortable victory.
In spite of back-to-back poor performances, Benet’s six wins guarantee it a playoff spot, and the Redwings still have a shot at the ESCC title.
The Redwings will try to rebound this Friday when they close out the regular season at home against Joliet Catholic, who currently holds the top spot in the ESCC.
A Benet win over JCA would create a three-way tie atop the conference between the Redwings, RedHawks and Hilltoppers.