Wittenberg hangs on to beat Wooster in home opener

Tigers are 2-1 after victory in home opener

A game-tying two-point conversion pass by Wooster failed with 4 minutes, 32 seconds to play, and the Wittenberg Tigers used a nine-play drive to kill the rest of the clock in a 14-12 victory Saturday in their home opener at Edwards-Maurer Field.

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Wittenberg (2-1, 2-0) has won 11 straight games against the Scots. This was the closest game since 1997 when Wittenberg lost 21-19.

Wittenberg took a 7-0 lead on a 55-yard pass from Bobby Froehlich to Thaddeus Snodgrass with 6:57 left in the second quarter.

After a field goal by Wooster, DeShawn Sarley scored Wittenberg’s second touchdown on an 8-yard pass from Froehlich in the third quarter.

Trailing 14-3 in the fourth quarter, Wooster put together a 12-play, 77-yard drive, converting on 4th-and-8 at one point and scoring on a 2-yard run by Troy Baughman. It went for two to tie the game, but Mateo Renteria’s pass to Jacob Lewis failed.

Making his second start, Froehlich completed 17 of 20 passes for 241 yards. He had two touchdown passes and one interception.

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Jaheem Washington led Wittenberg’s running game with 76 yards on 19 carries. Tristan Davis led the receivers with six catches for 70 yards. Sarley rushed four times for 16 yards and had five catches for 44 yards.

Jonathan Seay led the defense with nine tackles and forced and recovered a fumble. Jordan Burkey had an interception.

In Week 4, Wittenberg plays at DePauw (1-1) at 1 p.m. Saturday in Greencastle, Ind. Wittenberg and Ohio Wesleyan lead the North Coast Athletic Conference with 2-0 records. Denison, DePauw and Wabash are all 1-0 in conference play.

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