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