October 27, 2012

Wittenberg Moves Into First-Place NCAC Tie With Victory Over Denison

More news about: Wittenberg

GRANVILLE, Ohio - With two games remaining in the 2012 season, the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) has four teams atop the standings. Thanks largely to the work of a big-play offense, the Wittenberg Tigers are one of those teams after a 45-27 win at Denison.

Wittenberg improved to 7-1 overall with its third straight victory. More importantly, the Tigers are now 4-1 in the NCAC, tied with Ohio Wesleyan, Wabash and Kenyon for first place, one game ahead of Allegheny.

None of those four teams will play one another over the final two weeks, setting up the very real possibility that the NCAC will be forced to sort out a four-way tie for the conference championship. The Tigers close out the campaign with a home date opposite winless Hiram on Nov. 3, followed by a road trip to Oberlin, which is currently in sixth place, on Nov. 10.

The win over Denison was Wittenberg's 19th straight in a series that dates back to the turn of the 20th century. The Big Red have not defeated Wittenberg since 1989, the Tigers' first season in the NCAC.

For just the second time since 2002, however, the Big Red reached double figures offensively. In fact, after a terrible start that featured 14 Wittenberg points in the first 2:10, Denison nearly played the Tigers to a stand-off, controlling the ball for more than 38 minutes and piling up 346 yards of total offense.

Denison couldn't contain the Tiger offense, however, and that turned out to be the difference. Wittenberg completed six passes that covered 28 yards or more in the game to go along with a touchdown run from freshman tailback Jimmy Dehnke (Canton, Ohio/Massillon Jackson) that covered 47 yards. The longest play from scrimmage was actually nullified by penalty, as a 70-yard burst by junior quarterback Reed Florence (South Charleston, Ohio/Southeastern) was called back in the second quarter.

Dehnke continued to close in on Wittenberg's freshman rushing record, posting his third 100-yard rushing performance in the last four games to run his season total to 615 yards, despite missing a game due to injury. He rumbled for 137 yards and three touchdowns on an efficient 18 carries against Denison.

Florence added 271 yards through the air as he completed 15-of-21 passes. He connected with junior wide receiver Brendon Cunningham (Kettering, Ohio/Fairmont) five times for 123 yards and a touchdown, in addition to three receptions for 39 yards by junior wideout Desi Kirkman (Lima, Ohio/Central Catholic), two catches for 50 yards and a pair of scores by junior wideout Jonathan Stoner (Bowling Green, Ohio/Bowling Green) and two catches for 34 yards by junior tight end Stephen Zumdick (Erlanger, Ky./Dixie Heights).

The other key to the game was special teams, which directly led to 10 Wittenberg points. After the Tigers opened the game with a scoring drive, Denison fumbled the ensuing kick-off, as sophomore Will Stocker (Cincinnati, Ohio/Turpin) forced the miscue and sophomore linebacker Nick Gibson (Marysville, Ohio/Fairbanks) recovered it at the 18-yard-line to set up another score.

With Wittenberg leading 35-20 early in the fourth quarter, the Big Red followed a drive that netted -8 yards with a botched snap that handed the Tigers another three points on a 33-yard field goal by senior Sean Williams (Plainfield, Ind./Plainfield).

On the other side of the ball, the Tigers were sparked by another tremendous performance by junior linebacker Spencer Leno (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon), who piled up 17 tackles, including 1.5 for loss. Junior linebacker Kyle Sanning (Fairborn, Ohio/Tecumseh) added 12 tackles, junior safety Mark Swope (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn) chipped in with 11 stops, including two for loss, and senior defensive end Jon Daniels (Springfield, Ohio/Springfield) finished with 10 tackles.

comments powered by Disqus
Oct. 24: All times Eastern
Final
at Johns Hopkins 37, Gettysburg 14
Box Score Recap
Oct. 25: All times Eastern
HALF
12 Hobart
3 RPI
Live Stats Video Audio
2nd Qtr - 00:58
19 Massachusetts Maritime
21 Mass-Dartmouth
Preview Live Stats Video
Halftime
42 Maine Maritime
30 Nichols
Preview Live Stats
12:00 PM
Frostburg State at Alfred
Video
00:34 2nd
7 Salisbury
19 Ithaca
Live Stats Video Audio
3rd - 06:52
31 Framingham State
0 Plymouth State
Preview Live Stats
3rd - 09:32
33 Morrisville State
8 Southern Virginia
Preview Live Stats Live Stats Video Audio
halftime
0 Bowdoin
21 Wesleyan
Preview Live Stats Video
End of 2nd
13 Middlebury
0 Trinity (Conn.)
Live Stats Video
2nd - 07:07
21 St. John Fisher
0 Alfred State
Live Stats Video Audio
2nd - 05:03
14 Colby
13 Bates
Preview Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Tufts at Amherst
Live Stats Video
2nd - 15:00
16 Wesley
0 Virginia-Lynchburg
Live Stats Audio
2nd - 08:19
22 Husson
13 Castleton State
Preview Live Stats Video Tickets
4:10 left in 2Q
13 Williams
0 Hamilton
Live Stats Live Stats Video
2nd - 10:31
0 FDU-Florham
23 Stevenson
Live Stats Video Audio
15:00 2nd
7 DePauw
0 Allegheny
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2nd - 12:33
0 Moravian
14 Franklin and Marshall
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
2nd - 06:53
0 Kalamazoo
14 Olivet
Live Stats Video Audio
2nd - 05:05
21 Albion
24 Trine
Live Stats Audio
End of 2nd
3 Mount Ida
0 Gallaudet
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Cortland State at Kean
Live Stats Video
2nd - 00:55
0 Wisconsin Lutheran
0 Adrian
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2nd - 07:54
14 Hampden-Sydney
10 Shenandoah
Preview Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Catholic at Emory and Henry
Live Stats Video Audio
2nd - 02:06
19 Hope
7 Alma
Live Stats Audio
2nd - 08:42
20 Carnegie Mellon
13 St. Vincent
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
2nd - 08:07
14 Dickinson
14 McDaniel
Preview Live Stats Video
Halftime
7 Guilford
6 Randolph-Macon
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2nd - 04:44
10 Methodist
19 N.C. Wesleyan
Live Stats Video
End of 2nd
0 Susquehanna
17 Ursinus
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
2nd - 08:16
0 Kenyon
21 Wittenberg
Preview Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Rowan at Montclair State
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Springfield at St. Lawrence
Live Stats Video Video
3:27 2nd
0 Misericordia
27 Delaware Valley
Live Stats Audio
7:00 2nd
0 Oberlin
42 Wabash
Live Stats Video Audio
7:25 2nd
13 Hiram
15 Ohio Wesleyan
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Wilkes at Lebanon Valley
Live Stats Video
4:53 2nd
0 Juniata
14 Muhlenberg
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
King's at Albright
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
William Paterson at TCNJ
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Sewanee at Millsaps
Live Stats Video
Start of 2nd
0 Endicott
0 Coast Guard
Live Stats Video Audio
1st - 05:51
0 Wilmington
35 Mount Union
Preview Live Stats Audio
6:50 1st
0 Capital
28 John Carroll
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
1st - 02:47
0 Rose-Hulman
7 Franklin
Preview Preview Live Stats Video Video Audio
1st - 02:58
0 Grove City
14 Thomas More
Preview Live Stats Audio Audio
8:31 1st
7 Widener
3 Lycoming
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1st - 01:51
0 Marietta
7 Heidelberg
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
1:30 PM
Waynesburg at Thiel
Video
1:30 PM
Rochester at Union
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:30 PM
Anderson at Mount St. Joseph
Live Stats
14:22 2nd Q
0 Manchester
3 Bluffton
Live Stats Audio
1st - 03:51
0 Otterbein
6 Baldwin Wallace
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Utica at Buffalo State
Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Brockport State at Hartwick
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Becker at SUNY-Maritime
Live Stats Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Bridgewater (Va.)
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
15:00 1st
0 Case Western Reserve
0 Washington and Jefferson
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Westfield State
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Austin at Hendrix
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Concordia-Chicago at Benedictine
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
LaGrange at Huntingdon
Video Audio
2:00 PM
Aurora at Lakeland
Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Berry at Birmingham-Southern
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Rockford at Concordia (Wis.)
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
UW-Eau Claire at UW-River Falls
Preview Video Audio Tickets
2:00 PM
Carleton at St. John's
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Hamline at Concordia-Moorhead
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Augsburg at St. Olaf
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Lake Forest at Illinois College
Video
2:00 PM
Loras at Simpson
Preview Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Buena Vista at Dubuque
Preview Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Beloit at St. Norbert
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Carroll at Ripon
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Lawrence at Macalester
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at Texas Lutheran
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Augustana at Carthage
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Illinois Wesleyan
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Millikin at North Park
Audio
2:00 PM
Central at Coe
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Luther at Wartburg
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Cornell at Monmouth
2:00 PM
Martin Luther at Minnesota-Morris
2:00 PM
Crown at MacMurray
2:00 PM
Iowa Wesleyan at Greenville
2:00 PM
Northwestern (Minn.) at Westminster (Mo.)
Video
2:00 PM
Grinnell at Knox
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
UW-Oshkosh at UW-Whitewater
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at UW-Stevens Point
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Concordia (Mich.) at Maranatha Baptist
Video
2:10 PM
St. Thomas at Bethel
Live Stats Video Audio
2:30 PM
Rhodes at Centre
Live Stats Video Video
2:30 PM
Defiance at Earlham
Live Stats
2:30 PM
Washington U. at Chicago
Preview Preview Live Stats Video
3:00 PM
Norwich at Anna Maria
Live Stats Video
3:00 PM
UW-Platteville at UW-Stout
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
3:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Howard Payne
Live Stats Live Stats Audio Audio
4:00 PM
WPI at Merchant Marine
Live Stats Video
4:00 PM
Linfield at Lewis and Clark
Live Stats Video Audio
4:00 PM
Willamette at Pacific Lutheran
Preview Live Stats Audio Audio
4:00 PM
Redlands at La Verne
Live Stats Video Audio
4:00 PM
Puget Sound at Whitworth
Live Stats Video Audio
4:00 PM
Pacific at George Fox
Live Stats Video Audio
5:00 PM
Western New England at MIT
Live Stats Video
5:00 PM
Worcester State at Western Connecticut
Preview Live Stats
5:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Louisiana College
Audio
6:00 PM
Ferrum at Averett
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Muskingum at Ohio Northern
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
7:00 PM
Wooster at Denison
Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
Greensboro at Christopher Newport
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Bethany at Geneva
8:00 PM
Eureka at St. Scholastica
Live Stats Live Stats Video
8:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Wheaton (Ill.)
Live Stats Video Audio
10:00 PM
Chapman at Cal Lutheran
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
10:00 PM
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Occidental
Live Stats Video Audio
10:00 PM
Whittier at Pomona-Pitzer
Live Stats Video
Oct. 25: All times Eastern
8:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Wheaton (Ill.)
Live Stats Video Audio
10:00 PM
Chapman at Cal Lutheran
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
15:00 1st
0 Case Western Reserve
0 Washington and Jefferson
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
1st - 02:58
0 Grove City
14 Thomas More
Preview Live Stats Audio Audio
1st - 07:22
0 Wilmington
28 Mount Union
Preview Live Stats Audio
6:50 1st
0 Capital
28 John Carroll
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
2nd - 15:00
16 Wesley
0 Virginia-Lynchburg
Live Stats Audio
2nd - 07:54
14 Hampden-Sydney
10 Shenandoah
Preview Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
7:00 2nd
0 Oberlin
42 Wabash
Live Stats Video Audio
2nd - 07:07
21 St. John Fisher
0 Alfred State
Live Stats Video Audio
2nd - 08:16
0 Kenyon
21 Wittenberg
Preview Live Stats Video
3:27 2nd
0 Misericordia
27 Delaware Valley
Live Stats Audio
3:00 PM
UW-Platteville at UW-Stout
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:10 PM
St. Thomas at Bethel
Live Stats Video Audio
HALF
12 Hobart
3 RPI
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
UW-Oshkosh at UW-Whitewater
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Luther at Wartburg
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at Texas Lutheran
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Hamline at Concordia-Moorhead
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at UW-Stevens Point
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Carleton at St. John's
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
4:00 PM
Linfield at Lewis and Clark
Live Stats Video Audio
Oct. 24: All times Eastern
Final
at Johns Hopkins 37, Gettysburg 14
Box Score Recap

What We're Reading