MUGGIA, ITALY - Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology recorded a convincing shutout victory over the Lenaf All-Star Football Team in an exhibition game on Sunday night as part of the Fightin' Engineer trip to Italy.
The team spent nine days throughout Italy, touring Rome, Florence and Venice along with playing the game in Muggia. Highlights of the tour included the Colisseum, Pantheon and historical religious sites of Rome, the marble cathedral in the Piazza del Duomo in Florence, and the Piazza San Marco on the largest island in Venice.
Within the game, the Engineers scored seven first half touchdowns in five different ways to secure the victory. Senior Tim Schrock (Avon) earned game Most Valuable Player honors after scoring back-to-back touchdowns in the first half, including a 66-yard kickoff return for a score and a 35-yard sprint to the endzone.
On the day, Schrock gained 69 yards on three carries and added the kickoff return score to pace the effort.
Sophomore Austin Davis (Franklin) added a pair of defensive touchdowns to spark a 54-point first-half effort. Davis returned a fumble 12 yards for a first quarter score and added a 65-yard interception return midway through the second frame.
Junior Calvin Bueltel (Huntingburg/Southridge) added a pair of rushing touchdowns for the Rose-Hulman offense. Bueltel scampered 47yards midway through the first quarter, then added a seven-yard score in the third quarter.
The scoring began on Rose-Hulman's first drive of the game with a 38-yard field goal by senior Jeremy Sharp (Warsaw). On the day, Sharp would eventually score 13 kicking points on 10 extra points and three field goals.
Bueltel scored his first touchdown of the day to make the score 10-0, then Davis scored his first defensive touchdown late in the opening stanza to give the Engineers a 17-point lead. The combination of junior Derek Eitel (Marshall) and senior Nate Richter (Zionsville) hooked up on a 20-yard strike to end the scoring of the first quarter.
Head coach Steve Englehart went under center during the second quarter and helped lead the Engineers to a total of 30 points in 12 minutes of action.
The defense and special teams contributed 16 quick points, as Davis returned an interception 65 yards for a score one minute into the quarter. Junior Ben Wassel (Robinson, Ill.) and Davis combined on a safety for another score, then Schrock returning the ensuing kickoff 66 yards for another Rose-Hulman touchdown.
Englehart ended his stint at quarterback with a 32-yard scoring strike to Richter in the final minute of the first half, after Schrock scored his second touchdown of the quarter with a 35-yard run.
The second half featured five more Rose-Hulman touchdowns for the final margin of victory. Bueltel scored on his seven yard scamper, then Bryan Wong (Warsaw/Tippecanoe Valley) caught a 27-yard screen pass from Eitel to round out the third quarter scoring.
In the final frame, senior Adam Williams (Princeton) scored the first touchdown of his college career on a unique play. Eitel connected with freshman Andrew Huddleston (Chesterton) for five yards on first and goal, then Huddleston pitched a lateral to Williams for the final yards of the touchdown.
Senior Steve Hawkins (Casey/Westfield) pitched in with a fourth quarter defensive touchdown on a 28-yard return with seven minutes left in the contest. Senior Jesse Evans (Ogemaw Heights, Mich.) scored from one-yard out on a final scamper to round out the scoring.
Throughout the contest, Rose-Hulman utilized its 32-player Italy trip roster in a variety of ways, including several wide receivers and defensive backs switching positions throughout the game.
Defensively, Rose-Hulman helped the Italy Lenaf All-Star Team to no points and 64 yards of total offense on 52 plays. Senior Bill Guiney (Centerville, Ohio) led the defense with seven tackles, with senior Paul Spreen (Williams/Bedford North Lawrence) and Wassel had six stops each.
Offensively, Schrock led the 176-yard rushing attack with 69 yards on three carries. Eitel finished 6-9 for 84 yards through the air, while Richter (52 yards) and senior Thomas Reives (Indianapolis/Arsenal Tech) (47 yards) each had a pair of receptions.