You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

breaking news

Greenon residents to vote on $54M school plan Tuesday

Wittenberg’s defense steps up in biggest game of season


Wittenberg’s last defensive coordinator, Andy Waddle, sent its new defensive coordinator, Sean Ross, a a text message Saturday morning wishing him good luck.

“Every couple weeks, he’s checking in,” Ross said. “He’s been nothing but supportive.”

Waddle, a Greenon graduate in his first season as Marietta College head coach, knows how important the Wabash game is. He coached the Tigers’ defense in 2009. Until Saturday, that was the last time Wittenberg had won in Crawfordsville, Ind.

Waddle and the Tigers had to sweat until the end of a 10-7 victory four years ago. Wittenberg had an easier time of it Saturday, winning 35-17 to clinch a share of the North Coast Athletic Conference championship and the league’s automatic playoff berth. The Tigers (8-1) jumped from 16th to 12th in the D3Football.com poll this week.

Wittenberg’s offense has often overshadowed the defense this season, but both sides shared equal credit Saturday. Wittenberg held Wabash to 57 rushing yards. The Little Giants average 239. Wabash scored 34 points below its season average.

“Our game plan is the same week in and week out,” Ross said. “Against those guys, we stressed a couple of things. We wanted to be physical. We wanted to own the line of scrimmage up front. We wanted to be disciplined across the board. We knew if we did those things we would have a chance to be successful.”

Wabash punted on six of its seven possessions in the first half and trailed 28-3 at halftime. Wabash had a brief glimmer of hope with a third-quarter touchdown to cut the deficit to 28-10, but it didn’t get on the board again until the final seconds.

Seven different Wittenberg defenders had tackles for a loss, and safety Mark Swope had two. Linebackers Nick Gibson and Spencer Leno led the team with 13 and 11 tackles, respectively. Leno leads the NCAC with 10.1 tackles per game.

“I was very happy with the way we played on Saturday,” Ross said. “Our assistant coaches did a great job of prepping and preparing their position players for the game plan and what to expect on Saturday. Our kids did a great job of working hard all week and executing the game plan. My hat’s off to the players and assistant coaches.”

The Tigers host Allegheny (0-9) at 1 p.m Saturday in the final game of the regular season. Assuming they win Saturday, Wittenberg looks to be in line to host a playoff game in the first round.

Wittenberg ranked fourth in the North Region in the first regional rankings released last week and will move past Wabash, which was ranked third.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

H.S. Results for 4/26: Kenton Ridge clinches share of title

The Kenton Ridge baseball team secured at least a share of the Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail title with a 13-2 win over Springfield Shawnee on Wednesday. Kaleb Meeks led the way, clobbering a three-run home run and adding a double. Noah Schleinitz picked up the win on the mound, his fourth. Ben Ross and Bryce Cox both doubled for Shawnee...
Girls honor roll: Top 5 track and field leaders
Girls honor roll: Top 5 track and field leaders

The following are the top five girls high school track and field performances for all standard events through Wednesday, April 26. Results were compiled by FinishTiming.com. This week’s remaining key meets: Thu.-Friday: Wayne Inv., 3:30 p.m. each day; running finals 6:30 p.m. Friday. Friday: Mechanicsburg Relays, 5:30 p.m.; Ben Logan Inv. at...
Boys honor roll: Top 5 track and field leaders
Boys honor roll: Top 5 track and field leaders

The following are the top five boys high school track and field performances for all standard events through Wednesday, April 26. Results were compiled by FinishTiming.com. Thu.-Friday: Wayne Inv., 3:30 p.m. each day; running finals 6:30 p.m. Friday. Friday: Mechanicsburg Relays, 5:30 p.m.; Ben Logan Inv. at Bellefontaine, 5:30 p.m. Saturday: Clark...
5 players the Bengals are most likely to draft
5 players the Bengals are most likely to draft

The Cincinnati Bengals own a top-10 pick in the NFL Draft for the first time since 2011 after a run of five consecutive playoff appearances ended in 2016. What had been a young, talented and deep roster allowed the Bengals the luxury of viewing the draft through a broader lens, knowing they weren’t dependent on their top picks making immediate...
The ESPN we used to enjoy is dead and never coming back
The ESPN we used to enjoy is dead and never coming back

The worst thing that ever happened to ESPN was the success of PTI. Shortly after Pardon The Interruption debuted in October 2001, the network set about trying to replicate it on every other show on the network. That has proven to be a disaster because nobody in Bristol gets the debate isn’t what makes that show great, it’s the debaters...
More Stories