November 10, 2012

Wittenberg Punches Playoff Ticket With Win At Oberlin

More news about: Wittenberg

OBERLIN, Ohio – For the 11th time since joining the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) and the third time in the last four years, the Wittenberg Tigers stand atop the league's final standings after a 47-20 victory over host Oberlin in the 2012 regular season finale.

The Tigers, who came into the day tied with Ohio Wesleyan and Kenyon for first place, finished the 2012 campaign with records of 9-1 overall and 6-1 in the NCAC, good for a first-place tie with Ohio Wesleyan. More importantly, Wittenberg earned the conference's automatic berth in the 2012 NCAA Division III Tournament by virtue of tiebreaker criteria that would have favored Kenyon if not for the Lords' loss to Denison.

The Tigers will learn their postseason fate during the NCAA's selection show at 6 p.m. Sunday. Wittenberg was ranked fifth in the latest Great Lakes Region rankings, which were released on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

The key against Oberlin, which had pulled off the upset of the NCAC season a week earlier at Wabash, was a fast start for the Tigers, who scored the game's first 35 points in a little more than 21 minutes of game time. That cushion allowed the Tigers to overcome some ragged play, including four fumbles (three lost), an interception and several dropped passes.

"We obviously feel very good about the way we played overall today, but there were some uncharacteristic mistakes," said Head Coach Joe Fincham, who has led Wittenberg to nine league titles in his 17 seasons at the helm. "The important thing is that we took care of what we could today, and I guess we'll need to send a thank-you note to Denison for their assistance."

The Tigers rolled up 580 yards of total offense, with most of the damage done over the first three quarters as junior quarterback Reed Florence (South Charleston, Ohio/Southeastern) passed for 286 yards and three touchdowns on just 14 completions and freshman tailback Jimmy Dehnke (Canton, Ohio/Massillon Jackson) carried 16 times for 127 yards, including a 55-yard burst that set up one of three second-quarter touchdowns for Wittenberg. Florence's scoring strikes went to three different receivers, highlighted by junior Desi Kirkman (Lima, Ohio/Central Catholic) with career-highs of six receptions for 125 yards to go along with scores both rushing and receiving.

Junior wideout Brendon Cunningham (Kettering, Ohio/Fairmont) added three catches for 80 yards and a score and junior wide receiver Jonathan Stoner (Bowling Green, Ohio/Bowling Green) made the most of his lone catch with a 50-yard touchdown. Also of note was the play of junior quarterback Noah Johanson (Medina, Ohio/Medina), who turned what appeared to be a short gain into a 52-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Defensively, Wittenberg held Oberlin in check, allowing 152 of the Yeomen's 381 total yards in the fourth quarter and forcing three turnovers, including a fumble in the first quarter that junior safety Heath Eby (Medina, Ohio/Cloverleaf) returned 30 yards for a score. Oberlin threw 70 passes in the game as the Tigers completely stifled the Yeomen's rushing attack, allowing just 13 yards on 17 attempts.

Junior cornerback Victor Banjo (Sugarland, Texas/Stephen F. Austin) and junior linebacker Evan Killilea (Columbus, Ohio/DeSales) led the Tigers with seven tackles apiece. Eby was one of three players to finish with five tackles in the game.

comments powered by Disqus
Sep. 20: All times Eastern
Final
RPI 41, at Castleton State 13
Box Score Recap
Final - 2OT
at Massachusetts Maritime 26, Maine Maritime 20
Box Score Recap
Final
at Rochester 30, Gallaudet 2
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Husson 34, Alfred State 28
Box Score Photos
Final
at Randolph-Macon 34, Sewanee 20
Box Score
Final
at Johns Hopkins 33, Moravian 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Utica 20, Frostburg State 12
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Alfred 29, at Buffalo State 21
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Catholic 31, Newport News Apprentice 24
Box Score
Final
at Nichols 10, Becker 3
Box Score
Final
Wesleyan 22, at Middlebury 14
Box Score
Final
Bridgewater State 51, at Worcester State 27
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Tufts 24, Hamilton 17
Box Score Recap Recap Photos
Final
at Amherst 14, Bates 6
Box Score Photos
Final
at Trinity (Conn.) 32, Colby 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at William Paterson 36, Salve Regina 32
Box Score Recap
Final
at Stevenson 20, Lebanon Valley 14
Box Score
Final
Allegheny 24, at Hiram 21
Box Score Recap
Final
at Merchant Marine 34, SUNY-Maritime 17
Box Score Recap
Final
at St. Vincent 23, Case Western Reserve 20
Box Score
Final
Thomas More 66, at Thiel 27
Box Score Recap
Final
Ursinus 31, at Franklin and Marshall 24
Box Score Recap
Final
Endicott 41, at Kean 28
Box Score Recap
Final
at Hampden-Sydney 56, Coast Guard 0
Box Score
Final
Maryville (Tenn.) 40, at Averett 17
Box Score
Final
at Widener 41, Albright 23
Final
Hobart 43, at Curry 13
Box Score Recap
Final
at Greensboro 37, LaGrange 35
Box Score
Final
at Dickinson 29, Susquehanna 28
Box Score Photos
Final
at Wesley 37, Rowan 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at St. Lawrence 31, Morrisville State 14
Box Score
Final
at Misericordia 35, FDU-Florham 0
Final
at Gettysburg 31, Juniata 17
Box Score Recap
Final
at Montclair State 27, Lincoln (Pa.) 14
Box Score Recap
Final
Wabash 31, at Denison 12
Box Score Photos
Final - OT
Bethany 21, at Westminster (Pa.) 14
Final
at Springfield 47, Mount Ida 16
Box Score Recap
Final
at Ithaca 42, Hartwick 7
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Norwich 10, WPI 7
Box Score Recap
Final
Iowa Wesleyan 13, at Minnesota-Morris 7
Box Score
Final - OT
at Methodist 41, Huntingdon 34
Box Score
Final
Ohio Northern 37, at Baldwin Wallace 35
Box Score
Final
at Capital 34, Wilmington 21
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Franklin 62, at Anderson 14
Box Score
Final
at Washington and Jefferson 48, Carnegie Mellon 30
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at John Carroll 43, Heidelberg 16
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Lycoming 28, King's 13
Box Score Recap
Final
at Waynesburg 44, Geneva 38
Box Score
Final
Mount Union 62, at Muskingum 6
Box Score Photos
Final
Mount St. Joseph 24, at Defiance 21
Box Score
Final
at Manchester 55, Earlham 7
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Williams 36, Bowdoin 0
Box Score Photos Photos
Final
Muhlenberg 59, at McDaniel 10
Box Score
Final
UW-Whitewater 48, at TCNJ 0
Box Score
Final
at Otterbein 20, Marietta 0
Box Score
Final
Hope 25, at Lakeland 22
Box Score Recap
Final
Olivet 49, at Aurora 20
Box Score Recap
Final
Albion 57, at Concordia (Wis.) 20
Box Score
Final
at Washington U. 24, North Park 19
Box Score Recap
Final
at Wisconsin Lutheran 32, Kalamazoo 20
Box Score
Final
at Wheaton (Ill.) 17, UW-Eau Claire 0
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Concordia-Moorhead 23, at St. John's 14
Box Score Photos
Final
at Bethel 40, St. Olaf 0
Box Score
Final
Augsburg 42, at Carleton 14
Box Score
Final
at Gustavus Adolphus 48, Hamline 19
Box Score Photos
Final
Stetson 37, at Birmingham-Southern 19
Box Score
Final
Trinity (Texas) 14, at Sul Ross State 6
Box Score
Final
at Austin 21, Occidental 12
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Howard Payne 38, Southwestern Assemblies 25
Final
at Central 65, Maranatha Baptist 12
Box Score Recap
Final
at Luther 49, Grinnell 21
Box Score
Final
UW-Stevens Point 37, at Coe 21
Box Score
Final
at Greenville 30, Eureka 27
Box Score
Final
Westminster (Mo.) 27, at MacMurray 21
Box Score
Final
Texas Lutheran 38, at Louisiana College 32
Box Score Recap
Final
at Simpson 13, Illinois Wesleyan 3
Box Score
Final
Trine 27, at Rockford 7
Box Score Recap
Final - 2OT
Rose-Hulman 48, at Hanover 42
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Western Connecticut 45, Plymouth State 7
Box Score
Final
Hardin-Simmons 37, at Wayland Baptist 23
Box Score
Final
at Whittier 23, Lewis and Clark 10
Box Score
Final
Willamette 42, at Cal Lutheran 24
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Alma 24, at Concordia-Chicago 21
Box Score
Final
Carroll 28, at Lake Forest 7
Box Score
Final
Whitworth 50, at La Verne 48
Box Score Recap Recap Photos
Final
Westfield State 14, at Mass-Dartmouth 13
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at St. Scholastica 48, Crown 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Wittenberg 34, DePauw 17
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
St. John Fisher 36, at Brockport State 20
Box Score Recap
Final
Guilford 35, at Southern Virginia 27
@ Salem Stadium
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Wooster 63, at Oberlin 10
Box Score Recap
Final
at Shenandoah 45, Ferrum 20
Box Score Photos
Final
Centre 28, at Washington and Lee 23
Box Score
Final
at Ohio Wesleyan 35, Kenyon 25
Box Score
Final
at Delaware Valley 54, Wilkes 35
Box Score Recap
Final
UW-River Falls 43, at South Dakota Mines 28
Box Score
Final
at Augustana 34, Loras 17
Final
at Dubuque 16, Pacific 10
Box Score Recap
Final
at North Central (Ill.) 28, UW-Platteville 7
Box Score Recap
Final
Chicago 29, at Elmhurst 17
Box Score Recap
Final
Mary Hardin-Baylor 41, at UW-La Crosse 22
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at South Dakota State 41, UW-Oshkosh 3
Box Score
Final
Adrian 23, at Benedictine 6
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Wartburg 45, UW-Stout 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Northwestern (Minn.) 34, Martin Luther 27
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at East Texas Baptist 58, Southwestern 34
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Rhodes 42, at Pomona-Pitzer 21
Box Score Recap
Final
Linfield 36, at Redlands 3
Box Score Recap Photos
Sep. 26: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Bridgewater State
Live Stats Video
Sep. 27: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Marietta at Mount Union
Preview Live Stats Audio Tickets
7:00 PM
Baldwin Wallace at John Carroll
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
7:00 PM
Kean at Mary Hardin-Baylor
Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
Pacific Lutheran at Trinity (Texas)
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Allegheny at Wabash
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Johns Hopkins at Muhlenberg
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Ohio Northern at Heidelberg
Audio
1:30 PM
Westminster (Pa.) at Thomas More
Live Stats Audio
1:30 PM
Ithaca at Alfred
Video
1:00 PM
Southern Virginia at Wesley
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
St. John Fisher at Frostburg State
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Wittenberg at Oberlin
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Merchant Marine at Hobart
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Lycoming at Wilkes
Live Stats Audio
3:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at UW-Stevens Point
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:10 PM
St. John's at St. Thomas
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Bethel at Carleton
Live Stats Video Audio
Sep. 20: All times Eastern
Final
St. John Fisher 36, at Brockport State 20
Box Score Recap
Final
at Wittenberg 34, DePauw 17
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Wartburg 45, UW-Stout 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at South Dakota State 41, UW-Oshkosh 3
Box Score
Final
at North Central (Ill.) 28, UW-Platteville 7
Box Score Recap
Final
Mary Hardin-Baylor 41, at UW-La Crosse 22
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Linfield 36, at Redlands 3
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
UW-Whitewater 48, at TCNJ 0
Box Score
Final
Mount Union 62, at Muskingum 6
Box Score Photos
Final
at John Carroll 43, Heidelberg 16
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Lycoming 28, King's 13
Box Score Recap
Final
at Wesley 37, Rowan 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at Hampden-Sydney 56, Coast Guard 0
Box Score
Final
Wabash 31, at Denison 12
Box Score Photos
Final
Thomas More 66, at Thiel 27
Box Score Recap
Final
at Ithaca 42, Hartwick 7
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Hobart 43, at Curry 13
Box Score Recap
Final
at Johns Hopkins 33, Moravian 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Bethel 40, St. Olaf 0
Box Score
Final
at Wheaton (Ill.) 17, UW-Eau Claire 0
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Simpson 13, Illinois Wesleyan 3
Box Score

What We're Reading