Postgame Notes: Wooster 21, Kenyon 7

By John

 Kenyon played one of their better games of the season, but turnovers proved to be the difference as Wooster prevailed on their Senior Day, 21-7. Let’s take a closer look:

There must have been something in the air on Saturday, because neither team could hold onto the ball. After forcing Wooster to a three-and-out on the opening possession, Kenyon looked poised to score first, only to fumble it away to the opposition before crossing the 50-yard line. Once again, Kenyon proceeded to force Wooster to go three-and-out, but a muffed punt gave Wooster the ball back at the Kenyon 15-yard line. The Fighting Scots made the Lords pay that time, connecting on a 30-yard touchdown pass just two plays later. Wooster, whose starting QB left the team earlier in the week leading up to the game, struggled to execute basic QB ball-exchanges, but the Lords had trouble holding on to the ball as well, fumbling the ball away on three occasions.

Despite running over 70 plays and dominating the time of possession once again (Kenyon continues to lead the NCAC in that category), the Lords offense had little to show for it at the end of the day. Kenyon did not pose much of a threat in the first half, either fumbling or punting on each possession. A slew of injuries to Sr. WR #25 Nick Gasbarro, Sr. WR #6 Jake Genachowski, and So. WR #7 Brian Hunca left Kenyon Jr. Co-Captain QB #13 Jake Bates without many of his usual targets. To his credit, Kenyon Fr. WR #8 Pierce Brady filled in admirably, hauling in 5 passes for 44-yards. Kenyon Jr. DB #12 Max Boyd, still recovering from a knee injury of his own, got in on the action as well, picking up 11 yards on a curl route.

The lone bright spot of the afternoon came off of a Wooster turnover. Starting on their own 15-yard line, Kenyon marched down the field until Kenyon Jr. FB #3 Blake Calcei punched it in from three yards out to cap an 85-yard drive.

The running game looked strong for the second straight week, accounting for 182 yards with Kenyon Sr. RB #5 Brandon January leading the way with 114 yards. The big guys up front deserve a lot of credit for the running game’s revival over the past few weeks, especially Sr. Co-Captain OL #53 Garrison Anderson who, since returning from injury, has provided a big spark up front, opening up lanes for Kenyon running backs.

Though Kenyon was perfect in the red zone, it is tough to put points on the board when you go a combined 4-17 on third and fourth down and only make it to the red zone once. Wooster only converted on two of five opportunities, much to the credit of Kenyon defense, but those two touchdowns were all the Fighting Scots needed against the Lords that day.

On to the defense: the Lords defense played one of their better games all season. Four sacks, three red zone turnovers, 50 rushing yards and only 21 points surrendered after some costly turnovers by the offense isn’t too bad of an afternoon. Big plays, however, continued to plague the Kenyon defense against the Fighting Scots. Wooster was able to complete numerous long pass plays that broke the back of the Kenyon defense, one being a 49-yard touchdown pass to end the third quarter.

On the bright side, the youthful mistakes seen at the beginning of the season continue to dwindle. Two freshmen, Kenyon Fr. DB #4 Curt Williams and Fr. DL #22 Quashae Hendryx, each came up with huge takeaways in the red zone. On the other end of the spectrum, Kenyon Jr. Co-Captain DB #24 Alex McQuiston continued to shine against Wooster, having one of the best games on his collegiate career, collecting 11 total tackles, 4 of which were for a loss. The future is bright for this young unit, which will return nine next season. With some hard work and development, this group could cause problems for NCAC foes in years to come.

Looking ahead to Denison, the Kenyon defensive backs better settle down and limit the big plays. Denison features one of the nation’s best receivers and passing attacks. They absolutely cannot continue this pattern of getting beat deep.

On offense, Kenyon must bring a balanced attack to McBride Field. Denison will force Kenyon to throw the ball around, especially after such success running it in recent weeks. Bates has to get enough time from the guys up front, or else Kenyon might have a tough time moving the ball.

Final note: Saturday is the last game of the season and Senior Day, so make sure to head out to the game and cheer your hardest for these seven seniors as they walk onto McBride Field for the last time. For four years, through both ups and downs, they have given it their all for Lords football, and their hard work and dedication deserves to be lauded.

Tailgate Talk: Week 10

By Noah

Kenyon College (1-7, 1-6 NCAC) at The College of Wooster (3-5, 3-4 NCAC)

John P. Papp Stadium, Wooster, Ohio.

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Know the Enemy

Nickname: Fighting Scots.

All-Time Record vs. Kenyon: 45-24-3.

Current Steak: 1-Wooster.

Location: Wooster, OH.

Enrollment: 2,116

School/Nickname Anagram: Gifts cost nigh.

Most Popular Majors: Social sciences; English language and literature/letters and history.

Favorite Nobel Laureate: Arthur Compton, CoW ‘1913, who discovered the Compton Effect and is known for his work on the Manhattan Project.

Fun Scottish-fact: The College of Wooster offers a “Scottish Arts Scholarship” for students who perform as pipers, drummers or Scottish dancers.

When Last They Met

Kenyon’s defense put forth a commendable effort against Wooster last season, unfortunately the Lords came up just short, falling 24-14 to the Fighting Scots on Senior Day. The Kenyon D played strong the whole afternoon, holding the Fighting Scots offense 15 points below their season average and keeping the opponent out of the end zone on two out of their four trips to the red zone. Down 17-7 late in the third quarter, Kenyon Jr. Co-Captain QB #13 Jake Bates hit Jr. FB #3 Blake Calcei for a 44-yard TD strike to bring the Lords within three points of Wooster. With an opportunity to tie-or-better in the 4th quarter, Kenyon’s Bates completed a pass, only to have a Wooster player rip the ball out of the hands of a Kenyon WR and return it for a pic-six. That proved to be the decisive play of the game, and Wooster held on for the victory.

Going Into This Week

The Kenyon Lords picked up their first win of the season last week, topping the Allegheny College Gators 35-24. Wooster, on the other hand, has been reeling as of late, dropping their last three games, most recently a 42-13 loss to DePauw.

By the Numbers

156- Rushing yards for Kenyon Sr. RB #5 Brandon January against Allegheny, a season high for January.

2- Rushing TDs for Bates against the Gators, a career high.

6/8- Kenyon’s 4th down conversion rate against Allegheny.

Players to Watch

Kenyon Fr. WR #2 Ian Bell

The athletic freshman has been one of Bates’ primary targets all season long. Whether it’s a swing pass, quick out or screen pass, Bell has reliable hands and has come through whenever his number’s been called. Look for Bell to collect his first TD as a Lord in Saturday’s matchup.

Wooster So. WR #6 Darrian Owens

Leading the NCAC with 10 TD receptions, Owens has been giving opposing defenses headaches all season. While their ability to do so may not decide the game, the Lords secondary will certainly help the team out by shutting down Owens and preventing any big pass plays.

Week 10 Conference Calls

Kenyon Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Meredith Buzzi sat down with Charlotte to share her picks for this week’s slate of NCAC games. First, let’s take a look at the results from this past week:

Week Nine

Wittenberg 42

Ohio Wesleyan 6

 


Wabash 41

Hiram 10


Denison 34

Oberlin 7


Wooster 13

DePauw 42


 

Allegheny 24

Kenyon 35

Week Ten Conference Calls, Featuring Coach Meredith Buzzi:

 

Hiram (4-4, 3-4 NCAC) at DePauw (6-2, 5-2 NCAC):

Conference Call: Depauw. Home field advantage as well as a strong Tiger team


Allegheny (1-7, 1-6 NCAC) at Denison (4-4, 3-4 NCAC)

Conference Call: Denison. Denison is going to run the ball past Allegheny and sprint on to victory.

 


Ohio Wesleyan (4-4, 3-4 NCAC) at Oberlin (2-6, 2-5 NCAC):

Conference Call: OWU. Although the Yeo have been getting better, OWU is too powerful of a match for them

 


Wabash (8-0, 7-0 NCAC) at Wittenberg (7-1, 7-0 NCAC):

Conference Call: I really want to say Wittenberg, but Wabash is going to take it. They will bring their full roster and take the field with fire at Witt.

Check back next week to see how Coach Buzzi’s predictions held up!

Postgame Notes: Kenyon 35, Allegheny 24

By John

 Kenyon ran all over Allegheny College en-route to the season’s first victory. Here’s my take on the exciting win:

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The hogs up front on the offensive line wore down the Gators and provided gapping holes for the Lords ball carriers, who picked up a combined total of 265 yards on the ground. In addition to catching a TD pass from Kenyon Jr. Co-Captain QB #13 Jake Bates, Sr. RB #5 Brandon January accounted for a season-high 156 rushing yards with one touchdown and 6.9 yards per carry. This was January’s best output since last season’s 20-16 win over Hiram.

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Bates bounced back in impressive fashion after a tough outing against Wittenberg. Despite the cold, windy and rainy weather, which caused some dropped passes, Bates went 14-22 for 101-yards and a touchdown. Bates showed true resilience in the pocket; facing 4th and 17 down by three in the third quarter, Bates dropped back to pass and fired a strike without hesitation, finding Jr. FB #3 Blake Calcei for the first down (the Lords posted an impressive 4th down conversion rate of 75% on the day). The Lords would go on to score a touchdown and retake the lead for good. On top of it all, Bates was able to run 12 times for 74-yards and 2 touchdowns. Just an all around great game for one of the Lords’ most reliable players.

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It was more remarkable to see the offense firing on all cylinders, knowing they were without So. WR #7 Brian Hunca. Hunca, who saw limited game action due to a collarbone injury, has been one of the Lords’ top targets all season long, catching basically everything thrown his direction. Fortunately, Kenyon Fr. WR #2 Ian Bell and Jr. TE #88 Greg McIntosh stepped their game up, combining for 10 of Bates’ 14 completions.

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Defensively, the Lords grew stronger as the game wore on. Allowing two touchdowns in the first half and one in the second half, the Lords posted a fourth quarter shutout to cement the victory. Allegheny was able to capitalize on some big plays, but Kenyon Fr. #4 Curt Williams and the rest of the secondary buckled down for some big plays of their own. Kenyon Jr. Co-Captain #24 Alex McQuiston made a huge play early on, with Allegheny driving into Lords territory, leveling the ball carrier and forcing a fumble that Fr. DB #14 Brandon Byrd recovered for possession. Kenyon Jr. LB #44 Nicholas LaPoint had himself a day as well, recording both a sack and blocked punt late in the game.

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It was beyond evident who the more disciplined team was Saturday. The Lords recorded only 2 penalties for 15-yards, while Allegheny recorded 7 for a total of 66-yards. Most of the Allegheny penalties were personal fouls, and the Lords readily took advantage of the free yardage.

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Kenyon So. DB #15 Jack Hanratty celebrating LaPoint’s blocked punt, feat. Coach Gru.

With their first win of the season under their belt, the Lords will be face a Wooster team next week that has been going in the opposite direction, having dropped their past three games.

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Tailgate Talk: Week 9

By Noah

Kenyon College (0-7, 0-6 NCAC) vs. Allegheny College (1-6, 1-5 NCAC)

McBride Field, Gambier, Ohio.

Noon.

Know the Enemy

Nickname: Gators.

All-Time Record vs. Kenyon: 23-8-0.

Current Steak: 2-Kenyon.

Location: Meadville, PA.

Enrollment: 2,161.

School Anagram: Galley Hen.

Notable Alumnus: Clarence Darrow, famed ACLU lawyer notable for his role in the Leopold and Loeb case as well as the Scopes Monkey Trial.

When Last They Met

An offensive explosion helped the Lords breeze past the Gators last season 37-7. Picking up a staggering 439 yards of total offense, the Lords were led by Kenyon Sr. RB #5 Brandon January, who ran for 143 yards and one TD on just 10 carries, and Jr. Co-Captain QB #13 Jake Bates, who completed 8 of his 10 passes for 156 yards and a TD.

Going into this Week

Facing a nationally-ranked opponent for the 2nd straight week, Kenyon fell to #14 Wittenberg 49-7. Allegheny didn’t fare any better, taking a beating from DePauw in a 59-7 loss.

By the Numbers

412- rushing yards conceded by the Allegheny offense last week against DePauw.

4- games in which Jr. Co-Captain #24 Alec McQuiston has logged 10 tackles or more.

1- yard rushed for Allegheny last week against DePauw.

Players to Watch

Kenyon So. DB #15 Jack Hanratty

The speedy sophomore always stayed one step ahead of opposing receivers last week, preventing Wittenberg from converting on any big-play pass attempts. Hanratty and the Kenyon secondary will need to lock down on coverage once again this week, eliminating mid-range completions as well in order to keep the Gators out of the end zone.

Allegheny Fr. LB #44 Nick Murgo

With less than one year of collegiate play under his belt, Murgo has been a driving force for the Gator defense. Leading the NCAC with 43 solo tackles, Murgo will look to clog up any openings in the defensive line and make January, Calcei and Beaudoin earn every yard.

Wicked Wildcard Week 8: Special Halloween Edition!

By Hayley and Sylvie

In the spirit of Halloween, we got a few of the players to send us old pictures of them in costume. See if you can guess who’s who (and what their costume is)!

Lord #1

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Lord #2

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Lord #3

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Lord #4

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Lord #5

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Here’re the answers! How many did you guess correctly??

1: WR #25 Nick Gasbarro

2: WR #6 Jake Genachowski

3: OL #53 Garrison Anderson

4: QB #13 Jake Bates

5: TE #88 Greg McIntosh