September 1, 2012

Wittenberg Forces Six Turnovers In 44-17 Ambush Of Capital

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For the second straight year, the Wittenberg Tigers ambushed the Capital Crusaders in the season opener. A year after becoming the first non-Division I program to reach 700 all-time victories with a 45-28 win in Springfield, the Tigers turned the trick again with a 44-17 win on Capital's home field.

Wittenberg jumped out to a 30-3 lead by halftime and never looked back in the 2012 edition of the rivalry. The Tigers, who forced six Capital turnovers while racking up 475 yards of total offense, have now won 30 of 37 all-time meetings between the two Central Ohio Lutheran universities.

In his first collegiate start, junior quarterback Reed Florence (Springfield, Ohio/Southeastern) threw for 320 yards, easily a career high. He tossed a pair of touchdown passes and scored two more touchdowns on the ground, although he was intercepted three times by the Crusaders.

A fast start made all the difference, as Florence completed all four of his passes on Wittenberg's opening possession before finishing the drive with a one-yard touchdown plunge.

"We had our first 10 plays set out for us, and we went over them about 30 times during the week," Florence said. "We executed just perfectly on each play."

The momentum carried throughout the first half, even after the Crusaders responded to the Tigers' first score with a field goal. Florence capped an 11-play, 68-yard drive near the end of the first quarter with a two-yard scoring run, and then senior kicker Sean Williams (Plainfield, Ind./Plainfield) added a 20-yard field goal. The barrage continued with a 41-yard scoring strike from Florence to junior wide receiver Jonathan Stoner (Bowling Green, Ohio/Bowling Green) and the first career touchdown from senior wide receiver Ethan Sharpin (Springfield, Ohio/Kenton Ridge), who picked up a blocked punt by junior cornerback Victor Banjo (Sugarland, Texas/Stephen F. Austin) and returned it 11 yards for the score.

Wittenberg stretched the lead to 37-3 with a five-yard connection between Florence and junior tight end Stephen Zumdick (Erlanger, Ky./Dixie Heights) in the third quarter. After Capital scored the next 14 points, the Tigers put the finishing touches on things with a 20-yard touchdown run by freshman tailback Jimmy Dehnke (Canton, Ohio/Massillon Jackson).

Dehnke finished with 67 yards on 17 carries, while junior JaVanh Sanders (Las Vegas, Nev./Centennial) chipped in with 16 rushes for 45 yards. Through the air, junior Brendon Cunningham (Kettering, Ohio/Fairmont) was Florence's favorite target with 102 yards on five receptions. Junior Desi Kirkman (Lima, Ohio/Catholic Central) added three catches for 73 yards.

Defensively, Wittenberg was paced by junior linebacker Evan Killilea (Columbus, Ohio/DeSales) with nine tackles, including two for loss and a sack, which forced a fourth-quarter fumble by the Crusaders. Sophomore linebacker Nick Gibson (Marysville, Ohio/Fairbanks) added seven tackles and a pass broken up. Fumbles were recovered by senior defensive end Jon Daniels (Springfield, Ohio/South) and junior linebacker Erick Collins (Springfield, Ohio/Springfield), while Banjo, senior cornerback Karlos Marshall (Springfield, Ohio/Springfield) and senior cornerback Jamaal Everett (Kettering, Ohio/Fairmont) all intercepted passes in the game.

The Crusaders were limited to 267 yards of total offense, including just 77 through the air for a team that finished in the top 30 nationally in passing in 2011.

"To come out of the gates and play the way we did, I couldn't be more pleased," said Head Coach Joe Fincham. "Considering how many first-time starters we have, especially the guys who are handling the football, we played very well."

The Tigers have a week off before opening North Coast Athletic Conference action with home date against DePauw. First kick is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Edwards-Maurer Field.

Sep. 30: All times Eastern
Final
Randolph-Macon 24, at Shenandoah 19
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at Washington and Lee 49, Emory and Henry 23
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Oct. 1: All times Eastern
4th - 03:18
30 Massachusetts Maritime
0 Fitchburg State
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42 Becker
18 Gallaudet
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35 Merchant Marine
31 Hobart
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20 RPI
6 Rochester
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4th - 01:17
21 Endicott
9 MIT
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4th - 10:30
17 Juniata
52 Johns Hopkins
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Montclair State at William Paterson
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2nd - 02:54
6 Hamilton
14 Wesleyan
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3rd - 07:14
7 Bates
6 Tufts
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31 Wabash
14 Hiram
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3rd - 10:30
28 Middlebury
0 Colby
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17 Amherst
3 Bowdoin
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Frostburg State at Kean
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14 Kenyon
27 DePauw
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Ferrum at Greensboro
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Maryville (Tenn.) at Methodist
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19 FDU-Florham
14 Wilkes
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7 Anna Maria
17 Castleton
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11 Moravian
23 Ursinus
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38 Stevenson
0 Misericordia
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7 Springfield
21 St. Lawrence
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28 Thomas More
15 Westminster (Pa.)
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35 Alma
17 Kalamazoo
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10 Franklin and Marshall
10 Dickinson
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42 Wesley
9 Southern Virginia
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3rd - 13:16
21 Adrian
14 Albion
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3rd - 14:53
20 Husson
5 SUNY-Maritime
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24 Apprentice
0 Alfred State
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6 TCNJ
24 Salisbury
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17 Buffalo State
14 St. John Fisher
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Salve Regina at Curry
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6 McDaniel
24 Gettysburg
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21 Delaware Valley
0 Lebanon Valley
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7 Ohio Wesleyan
14 Denison
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7 Utica
9 Ithaca
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28 Alfred
14 Morrisville State
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29 Western New England
7 Nichols
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King's at Albright
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0 Catholic
56 Guilford
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3rd - 14:44
21 Muhlenberg
20 Susquehanna
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3rd - 14:12
14 Huntingdon
28 N.C. Wesleyan
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Minnesota-Morris at MacMurray
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17 Birmingham-Southern
21 Chicago
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Westminster (Mo.) at Crown
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Oberlin at Allegheny
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0 Mount Ida
0 Norwich
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2nd - 00:47
24 Trinity (Conn.)
6 Williams
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28 Baldwin Wallace
20 Marietta
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3 Muskingum
6 Heidelberg
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14 Union
0 WPI
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2nd - 02:10
8 Maine Maritime
22 Coast Guard
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23 John Carroll
0 Wilmington
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21 Mount Union
7 Ohio Northern
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2nd - 02:21
26 Franklin
7 Manchester
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Mount St. Joseph at Hanover
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1:30 PM
Widener at Lycoming
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2nd - 02:17
32 Defiance
14 Earlham
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1st - 07:22
0 Concordia-Chicago
6 Trine
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6 Capital
7 Otterbein
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2:00 PM
Plymouth State at Westfield State
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2nd - 14:42
7 Wittenberg
0 Wooster
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2nd - 14:34
7 Anderson
14 Rose-Hulman
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2nd - 13:44
7 Hampden-Sydney
24 Bridgewater
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Waynesburg at Grove City
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Cortland at Hartwick
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Centre at Hendrix
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2nd - 12:24
20 Eureka
6 Greenville
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Northwestern (Minn.) at Iowa Wesleyan
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7 Concordia (Wis.)
0 Lakeland
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2nd - 14:03
3 Rockford
13 Benedictine
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14 Aurora
0 Wisconsin Lutheran
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Nebraska Wesleyan at Luther
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14 Rhodes
7 Sewanee
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0 Lake Forest
21 St. Norbert
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Concordia-Moorhead at Gustavus Adolphus
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2nd - 13:06
14 Hamline
7 Carleton
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14:50 2nd Qtr.
14 St. John's
7 Bethel
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1st - 02:25
3 UW-Whitewater
7 UW-Platteville
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2nd - 11:25
3 Buena Vista
7 Loras
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2nd - 14:04
14 Sul Ross State
13 Hardin-Simmons
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2:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at UW-Eau Claire
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2:00 PM
Beloit at Lawrence
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2:00 PM
Cornell at Monmouth
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2nd - 15:00
10 Wartburg
3 Coe
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15:00 2nd Q
14 Dubuque
7 Central
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2:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at Illinois Wesleyan
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2:00 PM
McMurry at Mary Hardin-Baylor
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2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Augustana
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2:00 PM
Macalester at Ripon
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Grinnell at Illinois College
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2:00 PM
Howard Payne at Louisiana College
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2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at UW-La Crosse
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2:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Belhaven
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1st - 01:37
0 Augsburg
13 St. Thomas
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3:00 PM
Washington and Jefferson at Thiel
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Maranatha Baptist at Morthland
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3:00 PM
St. Scholastica at Martin Luther
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3:00 PM
Carthage at Carroll
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3:00 PM
UW-Stout at UW-Oshkosh
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4:00 PM
Willamette at Puget Sound
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4:00 PM
Whittier at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
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4:00 PM
Pacific at Pacific Lutheran
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4:30 PM
Lewis and Clark at Linfield
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Framingham State at Mass-Dartmouth
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Averett at LaGrange
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5:00 PM
Whitworth at George Fox
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6:00 PM
Olivet at Hope
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6:00 PM
Bethany at Carnegie Mellon
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St. Vincent at Case Western Reserve
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Christopher Newport at Rowan
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6:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Western Connecticut
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7:00 PM
Berry at Washington U.
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7:00 PM
North Park at Millikin
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Pomona-Pitzer at Chapman
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La Verne at Cal Lutheran
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Occidental at Redlands
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0:54 4th
35 Merchant Marine
31 Hobart
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4th - 10:30
17 Juniata
52 Johns Hopkins
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3rd - 06:25
6 TCNJ
24 Salisbury
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HALF
28 Thomas More
15 Westminster (Pa.)
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31 Wabash
14 Hiram
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HALF
17 Buffalo State
14 St. John Fisher
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38 Stevenson
0 Misericordia
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7 Springfield
21 St. Lawrence
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3rd - 14:12
14 Huntingdon
28 N.C. Wesleyan
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2nd Quarter - 1:18
21 Mount Union
7 Ohio Northern
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2nd - 03:33
20 Franklin
7 Manchester
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2nd - 14:42
7 Wittenberg
0 Wooster
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2:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at Illinois Wesleyan
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1st - 02:25
3 UW-Whitewater
7 UW-Platteville
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14:50 2nd Qtr.
14 St. John's
7 Bethel
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2:00 PM
McMurry at Mary Hardin-Baylor
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14 Sul Ross State
13 Hardin-Simmons
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2:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Belhaven
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15:00 2nd Q
14 Dubuque
7 Central
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1st - 01:37
0 Augsburg
13 St. Thomas
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3:00 PM
UW-Stout at UW-Oshkosh
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4:30 PM
Lewis and Clark at Linfield
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6:00 PM
Christopher Newport at Rowan
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