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Regents Roar Past Falcons in Shutout Victory on Senior Day


ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Rockford University football team (3-6, 2-4 NACC) upset the Concordia University Wisconsin Falcons (6-3, 4-2 NACC) in dramatic fashion as it honored its seniors on Saturday. The seniors being honored were: Lewis Bochette III (Harvard, Ill.), Brandon Bothem (Roscoe, Ill.), Salvatore Evola (Marseilles, Ill.), Jared Johnson (Miami, Fla.), Cody Kupsik (Woodstock, Ill.), William Lawhorn (Rochelle, Ill.), Chance Manning (Durand, Ill.) and Brice Spence (Corinth, Miss.). Rockford knocked off the Falcons by completing the 24-0 shutout. That is the 11th shutout in program history and the first since 2008 when the Regents shutout Maranatha 20-0. Rockford ground and pounded its way to victory as it put together 301 yards rushing and forced four turnovers in their impressive 24-0 victory over CUW.



  • On the very first drive of the game for the Falcons, Rockford came up with a big interception on fourth down as CUW was in the Regents territory. 
  • Dylan Peterson (Reynolds, Ill.) recorded his second interception of the season as he slid to make the grab and give Rockford the ball.
  • Unfortunately Rockford was not able to score on its ensuing possession but the Regents were able to force a quick three-and-out to get the ball right back.
  • RU started the drive at its own 15-yard line and marched down the field thanks to solid rushing attempts from Chance Manning and LaVar Johnson Jr. (Memphis Tenn.)
  • The Regents were unable to come away with a touchdown but did get points on the board as senior place kicker Cody Kupsik knocked through his fourth field goal on the season. Kupsik converted on a 20-yard attempt to put the Regents up 3-0 with 10 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
  • On the ensuing Falcon drive, CUW began to string a few plays together before Dylan Peterson made his presence felt again. It was 3rd and 11 for CUW when Peterson broke through and striped the quarterback of the ball. Unfortunately the Falcons fell back on the ball but the Regents were able to force a punt. 
  • Two drives later the Regents found themselves pinned at their own 5-yard line with 8 minutes remaining in the first half. 
  • On second down it was Eric Mackey (Marengo, Ill.) who scrambled around and picked up the first down and more as he rushed for 28 yards before heading out of bounds. 
  • The Regent offense strung together an impressive 10 play 95-yard drive that was capped off by another impressive run by Mackey. Mackey shook off defenders and stiffed armed another before making his way into the end zone on a 23 yard run to give the Regents a 10-0 lead.
  • On the next possession, the Falcons started to move down field in a hurry with only 2:52 left in the half. 
  • Aaron Nixon completed multiple big throws to drive his team down the field as the clock was ticking down.
  • On 2nd and 7 from 8 yards out Nixon was picked off again by Dylan Peterson.
  • Peterson came up huge with his second interception on the day to foil any chance of Concordia Wisconsin scoring before halftime. 
  • After the Regents punt on their first possession of the third quarter, the Falcons found themselves on their own 36-yard line.
  • On the first CUW play, a bad option pass was fumbled and senior Jared Johnson pounced on it for his first fumble recovery on the season.
  • Rockford did well to convert turnovers into points as Mackey helped march the RU offense. Mackey put together a 27-yard rush to give Rockford good field position.
  • A few plays later Mackey would find Adam Ambrogio (Rockford, Ill.) for the 2-yard touchdown pass to put RU up 17-0 with 8:43 remaining in the third quarter.
  • Two drives later, the Regents defense came up big when Garrick McGregor (Lake Villa, Ill.) recorded his first interception of the season on the Falcons first play of the series. 
  • The Regents would score their final points of the game on their first drive of the first quarter.
  • Manning and Mackey helped use their feet to march the offense down the field before Mackey found Ambrogio for the 26 yard touchdown. Ambrogio recorded his team leading fourth touchdown reception on the year to give his team the 24-0 lead with 10:10 remaining on the clock.
  • Rockford would not allow CUW to do any damage on offense and it went on to shutout the Falcons by a final score of 24-0.



  • Rockford defeated Concordia Wisconsin for the first time in program history.
  • Rockford controlled the time of possession 40:23 to just 19:37 for Concordia Wisconsin
  • The Regents earned 25 first downs and racked up 359 yards of total offense on the day.
  • Eric Mackey went 7-of-14 with two touchdown passes. Mackey also led the team with 113 yards on the ground including a touchdown as he averaged 8.1 yards a carry.
  • LaVar Johnson Jr. and Chance Manning each carried the ball 17 times as Johnson Jr. racked up 92 yards while Manning picked up 74.
  • Adam Ambrogio led the Rockford receiving corps as he had 3 catches for 41 yards and two touchdowns. With two touchdowns on the day, Ambrogio now leads the team with four receiving touchdowns.
  • Cody Kupsik was perfect on the day as he knocked through a 20-yard field goal and converted on all 3 of his extra point attempts.
  • Senior Jared Johnson led the Regent defense, as he was a menace on the defensive line. Johnson led the team with 7 tackles including 2 sacks and a fumble recovery. Johnson now leads the team and the NACC in sacks with an impressive 8 so far on the year. Johnson now needs one more sack on the year to tie the Rockford single season sack record.
  • With 2 interceptions on the day, Dylan Peterson now leads the team with 3 on the year. Peterson also recorded a strip sack on the day.
  • Garrick McGregor recorded his first collegiate interception.



The Rockford University football team hits the road to wrap up its season on Saturday, November 10 when it travels to Eureka. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 PM.