Bellefontaine grad tops 200 yards rushing in Wittenberg victory

Wittenberg players run onto the field before a game against Hiram on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, at Edwards-Maurer Field in Springfield. David Jablonski/Staff
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Wittenberg players run onto the field before a game against Hiram on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, at Edwards-Maurer Field in Springfield. David Jablonski/Staff

Credit: David Jablonski

Credit: David Jablonski

Garrett Gross, a sophomore from Bellefontaine, rushed for 228 yards on 19 carries as Wittenberg won 44-27 at Oberlin on Saturday.

Gross scored on runs of 33, 26 and 87 yards.

Wittenberg led 21-7 at halftime. Oberlin tied the game with a 68-yard interception return for a score and a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

The Tigers regained the lead with a safety and then a 28-yard interception return by Cameron Snurr.

Two big plays put the game away in the fourth quarter: an 88-yard kickoff return by Cade Schmelzer and the 87 yard run by Gross.

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Quarterback Collin Brown returned from injury to start for Wittenberg. He completed 8 of 20 passes with three interceptions.

Wittenberg (3-3) improved to 3-2 in the North Coast Athletic Conference. It’s tied for fifth place with Wooster, which upset Wabash 44-41 on the road Saturday.

DePauw (5-1, 5-0) sits alone in first place, one game ahead of Wabash and Denison (both 4-1).

Wittenberg has won 22 straight games against Oberlin, whose last victory in the series came in 1954.

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