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.

1 p.m.

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.

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