FORT WAYNE, In.
In a game delayed by severe weather, the Benedictine Ravens staged a late rally, but were unable to upset no. 1 Saint Francis, falling 26-21 in the first round of the NAIA playoffs.
Benedictine trailed 6-0 late in the first half, but dominated the final two mintes of the second quarter.
With 1:48 left, Zach Renfro recovered a Shaefer Schuetz fumble for a one-yard touchdown run that gave the Ravens a 7-6 lead.
Then, just 1:25 later, Schuetz fired a beautiful pass to Aaron Jackson for a one-yard touchdown pass as the Raven led 14-6 at the break.
In the second, the tides turned.
First, Saint Francis returned the second half kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown.
Then, with a little over 10 minutes to play, USF QB Nick Merrer put the Cougars up for good with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Dan Ricksy to make it 20-14.
USF built a 26-14 lead, but Benedictine refused to go away, scoring a huge touchdown to cut the lead down to 26-21 with a little under seven minutes to play, but that was close as the Ravens would get.
Benedictine ends their season with a 9-3 overall record.