Tigers Rip Benedictine; Wabash and Monon Bell up Next
November 9, 1996
November 9, 1996, Lisle, Ill. - The Tigers stepped out of conference play last Saturday and defeated Benedictine 31-12. DePauw scored early and often in building a 22-0 lead in the early stages of the second quarter. After intercepting an Eagles' pass, the Tigers drove 39 yards in just four plays with Joe Cheshire (So., Indianapolis/North Central) catching a seven-yard pass from Bernie Haskins (Jr., Elkhart/Central) for a touchdown. Jason Gardner's (Jr., Milan/Rockville) extra point made it 7-0 with 9:44 left in the first.
Haskins rushed in from one-yard out later in the quarter to make it 13-0. After the Benedictine punter fumbled a snap and was tackled in the end zone, the Tigers had a 15-0 lead with 14:16 left in the second. Jon Holloway (Sr., Fishers/Cathedral) returned the free kick to the Eagles' 44 and the hosts were flagged for a face mask which gave the Tigers the ball at the 29-yard line. Haskins completed an 18-yard pass to Jay Pettigrew (Sr., Indianapolis/Northwest) and then a touchdown strike to Holloway covering 11 yards to make it 22-0 with 13:56 left in the second.
The Eagles scored at the 7:14 mark before the Tigers added another with a 47-yard pass from Haskins to Pettigrew. Gardner booted a 26 -yard field goal midway through the third quarter to make it 31-6 before the Eagles scored early in the fourth.
Haskins completed 19 of 29 passes for 272 yards and three touchdowns. Through the course of the game he broke the single-season records for passing yardage, touchdown passes and pass attempts. Pettigrew caught four passes for 111 yards, while Johnathon Stigall (So., Oxford, Ohio/Talawanda) had six catches for 59 yards. Jamie Cunha (Sr., Westford, Mass./Westford Academy) added four catches for 63 yards. The Tigers held Benedictine to just 169 yards of offense, while totaling 396 themselves.Back