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Mater Dei downs Reitz, 14-6 - This week in Reitz Football history - 25 years ago

Sept. 20, 1985: Mater Dei 14, Reitz 6

The first quarter was all the Wildcats needed to knock out the Panthers in 1985's Westside rivalry between the two schools. Reitz struck first with a 75-yard punt return. The Wildcats missed a field goal on their next possession, but a Panther fumble one play later gave Mater Dei the ball back on the Reitz 17-yard line. Shortly thereafter, quarterback Chris Goedde scored for the Wildcats with a 1-yard sneak. Another Panther fumble gave Mater Dei the ball back and, two plays later, a 14-6 lead that would become final after three subsequently scoreless quarters.

Reitz made a late surge, taking over at their own 32 and advancing it to the Wildcat 29 in seven plays. But two incompletions turned the ball over on downs and gave the Wildcats their third straight victory over the Panthers, something that Mater Dei had never done before.

The Wildcats improved to 4-0 overall and in the SIAC, while Reitz fell to 0-4, 0-3.

Mater Dei-Reitz, Stats

Mater Dei 14 0 0 0-14

Reitz 6 0 0 0-6

First Quarter
Rei -- John Brown 75 punt return (conversion failed)

MD -- Chris Goedde 1 run (Chris Schaefer kick)

MD -- David Townsend 9 pass from Goedde (Schaefer kick)

A -- 7,000

MD Rei
First downs 10 6

Net yards rushing 98 32

Net yards passing 108 89

Total yardage 206 121

Return yards 139 72

Comp-Att-Int 8-21-2 9-16-0

Punts 6-34.0 4-32.5

Fumbles-lost 0-0 6-4

Penalties-yards 5-35 7-45

"They probably should just fire me. We've got too good athletes to have an 0-4 record," claimed Reitz coach Bill Hape. "We've got to do a lot of soul searching and see just exactly what we have to do to pull out of this tailspin. We can't just cancel the rest of our season."


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