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Wittenberg wins sixth straight to keep pace with Wabash in NCAC

Staff report

The Wittenberg football team won its sixth straight game, beating Kenyon 38-7 on the road Saturday.

The 18th-ranked Tigers scored 21 in the first quarter and 14 in the fourth and scored three points on six drives in the second and third quarters.

“Things were rolling along,” coach Joe Fincham said. “I don’t know. We just lost the flow or something. Offensively, it got away from us a little bit.”

One week after throwing a school-record six touchdown passes against Wooster, quarterback Reed Florence threw three touchdowns. He completed 14-of-26 passes for 257 yards.

The wind slowed the Tigers a bit, but Fincham said it didn’t have anything to do with the struggles in the middle two quarters.

“We were getting some opportunities and weren’t getting much out of them,” he said. “Frustration got the best of us for a stretch.”

Sean Gary and Jimmy Dehnke combined to rush for 133 yards on 28 carries.

“Our tailbacks ran the ball well,” Fincham said. “We gave up some sacks today for the first time in a while, which was disappointing. We’ve had our ups and downs through seven ballgames, but the thing we have done pretty consistently is protect our quarterback.”

Jonathan Stoner, Brendon Cunningham and Stephen Zumdick had touchdown catches.

Spencer Leno led the defense with 11 tackles, and Kyle Sanning had three tackles for a loss. Nick Gibson returned an interception 76 yards for a touchdown.

Wittenberg (6-1, 6-0 North Coast Athletic Conference) remains tied with No. 14 Wabash in the league. The Tigers host Ohio Wesleyan next week and play at Wabash in two weeks. Wabash (7-0, 6-0) beat Oberlin 27-10 on Saturday.

Kenyon fell to 4-4 and 4-3 in the NCAC.

“Defensively, up front, they’re pretty good,” Fincham said. “They do some things on both sides of the ball that make you work and make you adjust. They’re staff does a nice job.”

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