WALESKA, Georgia — It was hot and humid in Saturday’s NAIA Season Opener featuring Webber International at Reinhardt’s Ken White Field, but you could forgive the visitors from Florida if they wondered who exactly it was bringing the most heat. For much of the afternoon, the Reinhardt Eagles’ defense gave Mother Nature a run for its money holding the Warriors to just seven first downs and 160 total yards of offense.
That included just 4 net rushing yards for the entire game. To be fair, the Warriors’ defense did its part, too, holding the Eagles’ offense in check for most of the game including just three points in the first half.
Unfortunately, the Warriors’ offense was unable to capitalize heading to the lockers at halftime on the short end of a 3-0 deficit. Indeed, the game was a defensive battle of wills until the 12:08 mark of the third quarter when the Eagles’ Montralius Mosely finally found pay dirt on a 9-yard run ending with a dive into the end zone. The PAT was no good, but at 9-0, Reinhardt ultimately had all the points it would need to escape with a hard-fought win.
Both teams would add touchdowns in the fourth quarter before Mother Nature finally prevailed over them both ending the game with a little more than four minutes remaining due to lightning. Reinhardt is idle next week before returning to action against Pikeville at home on September 7. Webber International, meanwhile, will host its home opener against the club team from Middle Georgia State.
— Kendall Webb