Postgame Notes: #14 Wittenberg 49, Kenyon 7

By John 

A big first half proved to be the difference last week against #20 Wittenberg; unable to tame the Tigers, the Lords fell 49-7.

A balanced Wittenberg attack kept the Lords guessing on defense. Witt ran for 213 yards, while passing for another 201; credit the Witt offensive line for that output. Despite the Lords’ best efforts to apply pressure and attack the line of scrimmage, the O-line opened holes for the speedy Witt running backs and gave their quarterbacks enough time to find receivers downfield. Jr. LB #44 Nicholas LaPoint recorded the lone Kenyon sack on the day late in the fourth quarter.

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Kenyon Fr. DL #22 Quashae Hendryx.

The defense did a much better job of keeping receivers in front of them. While the Kenyon secondary kept Wittenberg from completing a pass of more than 29 yards, Kenyon’s inability to successfully apply pressure despite blitzing left cornerbacks and safeties allowed the Tigers to get open in the flat and throw for four TDs on the day. On a positive note, Kenyon was able to hold the NCAC’s leading receiver Zach Culvahouse to only 4 catches for 44 yards and no touchdowns, far below his season averages in both categories. Kenyon Jr. Co-Captain DB #24 Alec McQuiston led the Lords with 10 tackles and a forced fumble on Witt’s opening possession.

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Kenyon Sr. RB #5 Brandon January on the carry.

The offense struggled all day and could not get much of anything going. With their first four possessions ending in four three-and-outs, Kenyon took themselves out of the game early. Finding themselves down 21-0 the offense appeared to get in a groove, driving all the way down the field only to see Witt block a field goal attempt and return it for a touchdown.

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Bates jukes a Witt defender.

Despite dodging, ducking, dipping, diving and dodging his way into the end zone for the Lords’ lone TD on the day, Kenyon Jr. Co-Captain QB #13 Jake Bates struggled on the afternoon, completing just 10 of 23 passes for a season-low 76 yards. Kenyon So. WR #7 Brian Hunca did the lion’s share of receiving for the Lords, hauling in six receptions for 38 yards. As a team, the Lords rushed for 103 yards on 37 carries, their longest run of the day being a 16-yard gain by Jr. FB #3 Blake Calcei.

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The Lords need to shake this one off, learn from it, and prepare for Allegheny on Saturday. College

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