Big second quarter lifts Wittenberg to victory in season finale

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

Tigers close season with five straight victories

The Wittenberg Tigers scored 28 straight points in the second quarter to take control against Wooster and closed the 2021 season with a 44-29 victory Saturday on Senior Day at Edwards-Maurer Field.

Wittenberg trailed 14-2 early in the second quarter when a 2-yard touchdown run by Garrett Gross started the comeback.

Touchdown runs by Bobby Froehlich and Reed Hall and then a 7-yard touchdown pass from Collin Brown to Jake Saus gave Wittenberg a 30-14 lead. Wooster kicked a field goal with 2 seconds left in the first half to cut the deficit to 30-17.

Wittenberg (7-3, 7-2) ended the season on a five-game winning streak. It has won 12 straight games against Wooster (6-4, 5-4) and hasn’t lost at home to the Scots since 1949.

Wittenberg tied for second in the North Coast Athletic Conference with Ohio Wesleyan (8-2, 7-2).

One week after losing at home to Wittenberg, Wabash (7-3, 6-3) beat DePauw 42-35 in the Monon Bell Game. DePauw had already clinched the NCAC championship (8-2, 8-1).

Gross rushed for 129 yards on 19 carries. Saus caught eight passes for 128 yards. Brown completed 18 of 30 passes for 274 yards with three touchdowns.

Jordan Burkey intercepted a pass. Cameron Snurr had a fumble recovery.

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