September 17, 2011

Little Giants Defense Dominating in Win

More news about: Wabash

Wabash dominated Ohio Wesleyan for three quarters Saturday for a 28-7 home-opening win. The Little Giants improved to 2-0 behind staunch defense and Wes Chamblee's 184 all-purpose yards.

Wabash scored on three of its first four possessions to dispel in Bishop ideas of an upset. Wes Chamblee hauled in a 20-yard Chase Belton pass for the score. It was Belton to Chamblee for another 11 yard score to put Wabash up 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Jonathan Horn put Wabash up 21-0 with a nice leaping catch for an 11-yard touchdown before the offense stagnated.

Ohio Wesleyan got its only score of the game when Steven Uhler broke free on a defensive lapse and hauled in an 80-yard connection with quarterback Mason Espinosa , 21-7.

"We played well offensively scoring three touchdowns on our first four possessions but then we weren't able to stay in sync," Coach Erik Raeburn said. "We had mental errors and penalties. You name it, we did it to get out of rhythm on offense."

The only other scoring in the game came on Wabash's first possession of the second half when Belton found a wide open James Krauss for a 54-yard score.

The offensive stagnation was in part due to seven sacks and what Raeburn called a "hit and miss" running game.

"We struggled to pass against them last year but we had some success running the ball. We tried to emphasize getting the run game going early on to help us pass the ball more and I think we did that a little bit. But it seems like we were hit and miss with the running game. We'd hit a big one and then struggle."

The Little Giants rushed for 252 yards in the game with 126 of that total in the first quarter. The offense hit a wall in the second quarter with just six yards rushing and three sacks of the quarterback.

"We have a lot of work to do," said offensive lineman Weston Kitley. "We've really been struggling with our assignments. Today, our pass blocking was really bad. We tried to play really intense today so that made up for it but today we had way too many missed assignments. Today was not a passing grade by any means for our line."

Wabash suffered seven sacks in the game. Raeburn said the breakdown was shared all around. "We have to get open and the quarterback has to read the coverage. He got fooled a couple times and didn't do the right thing with the ball. There were times we had some pressure but there were times where he had enough time and we didn't get anyone open or he didn't get rid of the ball. Obviously, we have to improve in that area, those just kill your drives. Some of those sacks we can live with but a few shouldn't have happened."

Chamblee set the pace early with his two touchdown catches and 184 all-purpose yards for the game.

"You think about it and the last full game he played heading into the season opener was a playoff game at Illinois Wesleyan in 2009," Raeburn said. "He was out a long time and had a serious injury. I thought he played outstanding last week considering all that. But certainly with a game under his belt, he really felt comfortable out there today and you could see that in his play."

Chamblee led the little giants with 103 yards and five catches. Horn had 45 yards and four catches before leaving with an injury. Vann Hunt led the rushing with 53 yards on 13 attempts.

Another bright spot for Wabash was the kicking game. Punter Cameron Sobleski had six punts for a 40.7 average. Ian MacDougall kicked off five times for a 63-yard average.

Kyle Najar led the Little Giant defense with 9 tackles. Jonathon Koop added six stops and an interception. Andrew Gibson, Nate Scola, Houston Hodges, Jorge Diaz-Aguilar, and Pat Clegg collected five tackles apiece.

"I think our schemes were working really well," Najar said. "We got the call in, lined up and just played well today. We watched a lot of film so were pretty much prepared. We have a lot of good players on defense and we're fast. We have schemes and speed that's tough for offenses to cope with."

The final stats were not necessarily reflective of the Little Giants defensive dominance. OWU outgained Wabash 375-335 for the game, but that included a lopsided 127-36 edge in total yards in the fourth quarter against the Little Giant second-string defense.

OWU falls to 1-2 while Wabash takes its 2-0 record to University of Chicago next week.

comments powered by Disqus
Sep. 4: All times Eastern
8:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Tex. A&M-Commerce
Sep. 5: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Anna Maria at Worcester State
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Albright at Kean
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Widener at Rowan
Live Stats Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
WPI at Curry
Live Stats Live Stats
7:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Salve Regina at Bridgewater State
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
William Paterson at SUNY-Maritime
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Ursinus at TCNJ
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Becker
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
Video
7:30 PM
McDaniel at Catholic
Live Stats
7:30 PM
Trine at Manchester
Live Stats Video Audio
8:00 PM
Waldorf at UW-Whitewater
Live Stats
Sep. 6: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Endicott at Framingham State
12:00 PM
Dickinson at Hobart
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Holland College (PEI, Canada) at Maine Maritime
Video
12:00 PM
Otterbein at St. John Fisher
Live Stats Audio
12:00 PM
Union at Ithaca
12:00 PM
Pomona-Pitzer at MIT
12:00 PM
Husson at Alfred
12:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Johns Hopkins
12:00 PM
Cortland State at Buffalo State
Live Stats
1:00 PM
St. Lawrence at Coast Guard
1:00 PM
Thomas More at Wesley
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Plymouth State at Castleton State
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Emory and Henry at Ferrum
Audio
1:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Averett
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Wabash
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Rose-Hulman at Kalamazoo
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Wilmington at Olivet
Live Stats
1:00 PM
King's at Moravian
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Alfred State at Morrisville State
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Lycoming
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Brockport State
1:00 PM
Utica at Misericordia
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Montclair State
1:00 PM
Southern Virginia at Methodist
1:00 PM
Marietta at Kenyon
1:00 PM
Merchant Marine at Apprentice
1:00 PM
Muhlenberg at Wilkes
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Sewanee at DePauw
Live Stats Video Audio
1:30 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Bluffton
1:30 PM
Adrian at Defiance
Live Stats
1:30 PM
RPI at Norwich
Live Stats Video
1:30 PM
Alma at Heidelberg
1:30 PM
Berry at Maryville (Tenn.)
Live Stats Video Audio
1:30 PM
Bridgewater (Va.) at Gettysburg
Audio
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Waynesburg
Audio
1:30 PM
St. Vincent at John Carroll
1:30 PM
Mount Union at Bethany
1:30 PM
Juniata at Grove City
Audio
2:00 PM
Franklin at Illinois Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Rhodes at Austin
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Carleton at Macalester
2:00 PM
UW-Platteville at Buena Vista
2:00 PM
Ohio Northern at Washington U.
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at St. John's
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Crown at Gustavus Adolphus
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Jamestown
2:00 PM
Simpson at Iowa Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Hope at Monmouth
Audio
2:00 PM
Lawrence at Rockford
2:00 PM
Aurora at Illinois College
2:00 PM
Carroll at Lakeland
2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Loras
2:00 PM
Millikin at Greenville
2:00 PM
Coe at Wheaton (Ill.)
2:00 PM
Presentation at Luther
2:00 PM
Martin Luther at Maranatha Baptist
Video
2:00 PM
MacMurray at Culver-Stockton
2:00 PM
Eureka at Knox
2:00 PM
UW-Stout at Dakota Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
Video
2:00 PM
Ripon at St. Scholastica
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Hendrix at Westminster (Mo.)
Video
2:10 PM
UW-Eau Claire at St. Thomas
Audio
3:00 PM
St. Norbert at Carthage
4:00 PM
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Puget Sound
4:00 PM
Lewis and Clark at Whitworth
4:00 PM
College of Idaho at Pacific
4:30 PM
Arizona Christian at George Fox
5:00 PM
Hartwick at Western Connecticut
6:00 PM
Salisbury at Christopher Newport
6:00 PM
Augustana at Mount St. Joseph
7:00 PM
Carnegie Mellon at Case Western Reserve
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Stevenson at N.C. Wesleyan
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Butler at Wittenberg
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Gallaudet
Audio
7:00 PM
Wooster at Washington and Jefferson
7:00 PM
Geneva at Frostburg State
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Thiel at Allegheny
7:00 PM
Taylor (Ind.) at Anderson
7:00 PM
Hiram at Westminster (Pa.)
7:00 PM
Denison at Earlham
7:00 PM
Greensboro at Guilford
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Albion at UW-Stevens Point
7:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at North Park
7:00 PM
Beloit at Chicago
Live Stats
7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Howard Payne at Trinity (Texas)
Audio
7:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at Millsaps
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Sul Ross State at Texas Lutheran
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Robert Morris-Chicago at UW-Oshkosh
7:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at Dubuque
Live Stats Video
7:30 PM
Hanover at Centre
7:30 PM
Central at Benedictine
Live Stats Video Audio
8:00 PM
St. Olaf at Northwestern (Minn.)
8:00 PM
Hamline at Minnesota-Morris
8:00 PM
Lake Forest at Wisconsin Lutheran
Live Stats Audio
8:00 PM
Wartburg at Augsburg
Audio
8:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
Live Stats Audio
Dec. 20: All times Eastern
Final
at UW-Whitewater 52, Mount Union 14
@ Salem Stadium; Salem, Va.
Recap Photos Photos
Dec. 14: All times Eastern
Final
UW-Whitewater 16, at Mary Hardin-Baylor 15
Recap Recap Photos
Final
at Mount Union 41, North Central (Ill.) 40
Box Score Recap Recap Photos

What We're Reading