Tailgate Talk: Week 7

By Noah

Kenyon College (0-5, 0-4 NCAC) vs. #10 Wabash College (5-0, 4-0 NCAC).

McBride Field, Gambier, OH.

1 p.m.

Know the Enemy

Nickname: Little Giants.

Favorite sports movie: Little Giants.

All-Time Record vs. Kenyon: 9-1.

Current Steak: 9- Wabash.

Location: Crawfordsville, Ind.

Enrollment: 902.

Most popular majors: English language and literature, history and economics.

Degree given to graduates: A.B.; Wabash is one of the few schools that awards A.B.s (Latin abbreviation of artium baccalaureus, or, “bachelor of arts”) instead of B.A.s to its graduates.

When Last They Met

Then-#16 Wabash College rolled to a 48-7 win over Kenyon, holding their opponent to less than 200 yards of total offense. To Kenyon’s credit, the Lords took care of the ball, committing no turnovers in the game, and went a perfect 1/1 in the red zone. Sophomore FB #3 Blake Calcei provided the sole scoring play of the game for the Lords via a two-yard touchdown run, following which he was the victim of a late hit personal foul, which took him out of the game. Freshmen WR #15 Jack Hanratty and DB #9 Marcus Townsend also suffered injuries in the game, leaving Kenyon under-staffed for the next week’s game against #14 Wittenberg University.

Going Into This Week

Kenyon’s inability to come away with points at the end of drives did them in against an athletic Hiram squad which picked apart the Lords pass defense for 410 yards through the air in the Terriers’ 31-8 victory. Wabash, on the other hand, took care of business against Ohio Wesleyan, coming away with the 45-13 win over the Battling Bishops.

By the Numbers

444.6- average number of yards per game accumulated by the Wabash offense.

266- passing yards for Kenyon Junior Co-Captain QB #13 Jake Bates against Hiram, a career high.

168- yards picked up through the air by Kenyon Sophomore WR #7 Brian Hunca against Hiram, the most receiving yards by any Kenyon receiver since 2009 (courtesy of the latest Weekly Release for NCAC Football).

Players to Watch

Kenyon Junior OL #76 Alex Oles

The only veteran O-lineman for the Lords, Oles and the Lords’ front five will have their hands full with a stringent Wabash defense that averages 5.6 six sacks a game while conceding only 64.4 yards a game on the ground. If Oles and the O-line can protect Bates and push forward against the Wabash D-line, Kenyon will be in good shape; otherwise, if the offense is forced to go three-and-out consistently, the defense will lose stamina early from lack of rest on the sidelines.

Wabash Fr. WR #8 Drake Christen

After Hiram Sophomore WR #11 Josh Philander ravaged Kenyon’s secondary last week, the Lords pass defense will have to deal with another serious playmaker in Christen. Already having tallied five TDs and averaging 84.4 receiving yards per game, Christen presents a daunting challenge to a defense that has continuously struggled this season against big-play receivers.

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