Jake Kennedy threw three touchdown passes to lead the Wittenberg Tigers to a 47-28 victory against Hiram on Saturday on homecoming at Edwards-Maurer Field.
Wittenberg (5-0, 4-0) sits alone in first place in the North Coast Athletic Conference with five games to play because Denison (3-2, 3-1) followed its 68-66, four-overtime loss to Wittenberg with a 34-10 victory at home against Wabash. The Little Giants (4-1, 3-1) suffered their first loss.
Kennedy completed 14 of 19 passes for 263 yards. Bryce Bailey had two touchdown receptions, and Jeff Tiffner had one. Liam Duncan caught two passes for 103 yards.
Jaheem Washington led the running game with eight carries for 114 yards and a touchdown. Troy Clay ran for two scores and gained 65 yards on nine carries.
Wittenberg took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on an 8-yard run by Sam Kayser and a 19-yard touchdown pass from Kennedy to Tiffner.
After a touchdown by Hiram, Wittenberg scored two more touchdowns to take a 35-7 halftime lead and stretched the lead to 47-7 early in the fourth quarter. The Terriers (1-4, 0-4) scored three touchdowns in the final 12 minutes.
Wittenberg (5-0, 4-0) won its 19th straight regular-season game. The Tigers travel to play Allegheny (3-2, 3-1) at 1 p.m. next Saturday in Meadville, Pa.
Wittenberg leads the all-time series against Hiram 19-0 and has outscored Hiram 1,061-132