MARION - As the prep volleyball season nears the midway point, Cedar Rapids Xavier identified a vital ingredient if the Saints are to retain their No. 1 ranking in Class 4A.
Now is the time to turn up the defense.
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Down 30-28 with 46 seconds to go, Eastern Washington trotted out its field-goal unit for a potential game-winning 40-yard kick into the wind.
Instead, Eagles fooled the UNI defense. Reilly Hennessey picked the ball up and tossed a 23-yard touchdown pass to Beau Byus — his first career catch — for a 34-30 lead.
The Panthers had a chance to respond, but turned it over.
As he was being wrapped up for a sack, UNI quarterback Aaron Bailey tried to toss the ball backward to offensive lineman Spencer Blackburn, who couldn’t hang on. EWU recovered the fumble to seal the victory.
Matt Easley’s third field goal of the night — a career long 49-yarder — had put the Panthers up by two with 4:13 left.
No. 10 UNI led 24-7 at the break, but allowed 21 unanswered to begin the second half and falls to 1-2 with the loss. Eighth-ranked EWU improves to 2-1.
Hennessey completed 21 of 29 passes for 226 yards and three touchdowns. His counterpart, Bailey, was his usual dual-threat self, passing for 174 yards (13-23) and rushing for 101 yards and two TDs.
Michael Malloy also had a touchdown run for the Panthers.