Everyone turned back the clocks last week. The Wittenberg football team will deal with another time change Saturday at Kenyon.
Originally scheduled for the normal 1 p.m. start, the game will now start at 10 a.m. because Kenyon is hosting the North Coast Athletic Conference field hockey tournament in the afternoon. Wittenberg coach Joe Fincham got word of the change Oct. 29, and it became official a day later.
“Just like anything else, in 20 years of doing this job, if it’s a fight you can’t win, you have to deal with it,” Fincham said. “I didn’t have any power over the situation. Kenyon and the league set the time. We’ll show up when we’re supposed to be there.”
It’s the second-to-last game of the season for the Tigers (6-2, 5-2 NCAC), who have won three straight by a combined score of 134-26 since losing 35-30 at DePauw.
Wittenberg recorded its most lopsided victory last weekend, beating Oberlin 62-2 in Springfield. The box score featured a number of new names as the coaches took a look at young players who are already competing for 2016 jobs.
“Really once we lost at DePauw, you don’t say you’re playing out the string because we’re still trying to win ballgames and we want to play well,” Fincham said, “but we’re also trying to get these guys ready to play next year.”
Freshman Jake Kennedy and sophomore Quinn Cook saw time at quarterback when senior starter Zack Jenkins left the game after completing 15 of 16 passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns.
Neither senior running back, Sean Gary or Jimmy Dehnke, played because of injuries, so sophomore Jack Kayser and freshmen Deshawn Sarley and Antonio McClain split carries.
“We played a bunch of young guys, especially offensively,” Fincham said. “It was Zack Jenkins and a bunch of snot-nosed kids.”
Fincham said Gary will play against Kenyon, and Dehnke has a chance to return. Injured receiver Zach Culvahouse could return for the finale against Allegheny, which will be Senior Day for a class that won three NCAC titles.
“Nobody wants to finish the season sitting in a hot tub,” Fincham said.