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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