September 28, 2013

Wabash Runs Over Allegheny

More news about: Wabash

MEADSVILLE, Pa. – Revenge? Redemption?

Or was it just taking it one game at a time?

Wabash (3-0, 2-0 North Coast Athletic Conference) dominated winless Allegheny here Saturday in every phase of the football game. The 65-0 score might have been the least impressive statistic.  The Little Giants clearly wanted the satisfaction of thumping the Gators after last year's 20-17 Gheny upset.

Dominating can be an overused adjective in sports but not so for this game. Wabash out-rushed the Gators 385-3. The difference in first downs was 19-2. Total offense was just as lopsided, 495-55. Allegheny (0-4, 0-3 NCAC) crossed the 50 just once against Wabash's defense, and that was due to a penalty. The homecoming hosts were 1 of 15 on third down conversions.

"This was redemption," said junior linebacker AJ Akinribade, who led Wabash with six tackles. "This was us taking back what was taken from us last year. We know what happened last year was last year and we shouldn't worry about it but those guys took what belonged to us. We wanted to come in here and get it back. We shut them down in all phases. We let them have it. We let them have it."

Wabash scored on a blocked punt, an interception, a bad snap to the quarterback, on long runs and long drives.

"We talked to our guys about redemption all week, not revenge but redemption," Coach Erik Raeburn said. "They obviously beat us last year. They out-coached us, out-played us and out-hustled us. And we didn't want that to happen again.

"I think our guys are doing a pretty good job of staying focused. I hope we obviously learned our lesson from last year."

From the outset it was clear the Little Giants would play with a purpose.

Quick scores from Mason Zurek running and an Andy Walsh to Houston Hodges 14-yard score set the pace. But then things got a little weird for the hosts. A center snap sailed past the quarterback who was still barking out signals and ended in the hands of Cody Buresh who carried it into the end zone, 21-0.

Anthony Stella scored on a three-yard run to open the second period. That was immediately followed by a Delon Pettiford 25-yard return of an interception --- his second of the season. Ian MacDougall hit a 34-yard field goal and then Zurek hammered the final first-half nail in the Gator's coffin. The sophomore burst up the middle for a 70-yard run and a Wabash 45-0 hafltime lead.

"That long run was nothing special," Zurek insisted. "I just saw the hole and no one was there. And I just started running, fast."

Indeed, the sophomore who was stepping in for the injured Tyler Holmes had a huge day. He gained 158 yards on 12 carries with the two touchdowns.

"It felt pretty good," he said of his first collegiate start. "It was nice to get more confidence under my belt with Tyler out. I was nervous and didn't get a lot of sleep last night. It was nice to come out, run a few plays and score."

Offensive and defensive starters saw just one series apiece in the second half. The first offensive series ended with another MacDougall field goal of 30 yards.

The Little Giant underclassmen then took over with little drop off. Freshman quarterback Connor Rice, making his first appearance, took off on a 50-yard scoring run with a beautiful cut back across mid field.

Brock Smith picked up a blocked punt and carried it for 26 yards. The scoring ended with at 2:42 when freshman backup placekicker Andrew Tutsie hit a 31-yard field goal, 65-0.

"The guys we started the game with played fantastic and built us a sizable lead," Raeburn said. "We gave them one series to start the second half to get used to coming out after halftime. We put those young guys in on defense and I thought they did an incredible job. The young guys up front blocked well, did a good job controlling the line of scrimmage and we continued running the ball and the clock.

"We're real proud of how hard those young guys who got in there the second half played and how they executed."

Besides Zurek's big numbers, Stella rushed 7 times for 60 yards, Matt Gibson carried nearly every down of the fourth quarter for 13 attempts and 56 yards. Walsh, getting the start in place of Michael Putko, finished with 10-13 passing and 96 yards. Putko was sitting out with a suspension for violation of team rules. Cameron Belton was 2-2 for 14 yards. Hodges caught six passes for 54 yards. Jon Laird had two catches for 20.

Nate Scola and Cody Buresh backed up Akinribade on defense with five stops apiece.

The Little Giants will stay on the road and travel to the College of Wooster next Saturday.

Sep. 24: All times Eastern
Final
Christopher Newport 17, at TCNJ 0
Final
at Hobart 27, Union 23
Box Score Recap
Final
at Thomas More 20, Carnegie Mellon 16
Box Score Recap
Final
at Massachusetts Maritime 32, Worcester State 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Endicott 37, Nichols 0
Box Score Recap
Final
MIT 30, at Maine Maritime 13
Box Score
Final
at Buffalo State 40, Morrisville State 24
Box Score Recap
Final
at Salve Regina 48, Coast Guard 10
Box Score Photos
Final
St. Lawrence 20, at RPI 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Framingham State 23, Western Connecticut 17
Box Score
Final
at Montclair State 21, Rowan 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Stevenson 54, FDU-Florham 15
Box Score Recap
Final
at Trinity (Conn.) 38, Bates 7
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Western New England 59, Curry 28
Box Score
Final
at Utica 24, Cortland 13
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Colby 9, at Williams 7
Box Score Photos
Final
at Middlebury 40, Bowdoin 3
Box Score
Final
at Amherst 34, Hamilton 0
Box Score
Final
Kean 24, at William Paterson 13
Box Score Recap
Final
at DePauw 66, Hiram 17
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Franklin and Marshall 45, at Juniata 22
Box Score
Final
at Kenyon 31, Allegheny 7
Box Score
Final
Salisbury 35, at Southern Virginia 0
Box Score
Final
Albright 20, at Delaware Valley 17
Box Score Recap
Final
Lycoming 28, at Misericordia 24
Box Score
Final
at Plymouth State 30, Mass-Dartmouth 14
Box Score
Final
at Husson 35, Alfred State 0
Box Score
Final
at Springfield 28, WPI 23
Box Score Recap
Final
at Moravian 24, Dickinson 10
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Denison 45, Wooster 7
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Wittenberg 24, Wabash 14
Box Score
Final
at St. Vincent 57, Grove City 32
Box Score Recap
Final
at Susquehanna 55, Gettysburg 40
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at King's 21, Lebanon Valley 17
Box Score Recap
Final
at Alfred 20, Ithaca 6
Box Score Recap
Final
at Widener 25, Wilkes 23
Final
at McDaniel 30, Ursinus 27
Box Score Recap
Final
at Muskingum 28, Marietta 10
Box Score Photos
Final
at Minnesota-Morris 28, Iowa Wesleyan 27
Final
at John Carroll 42, Heidelberg 14
Box Score
Final
Ohio Northern 16, at Otterbein 10
Box Score Photos
Final
Case Western Reserve 35, at Waynesburg 7
Box Score
Final
at Franklin 44, Bluffton 38
Box Score Recap
Final
Rose-Hulman 23, at Defiance 15
Box Score
Final
at Centre 49, Chicago 27
Box Score
Final
at Mount St. Joseph 38, Manchester 19
Box Score Recap
Final
Hanover 49, at Anderson 25
Box Score
Final
at Merchant Marine 55, Rochester 7
Box Score
Final
Johns Hopkins 30, at Muhlenberg 24
Box Score Recap
Final
Concordia-Chicago 42, at Maranatha Baptist 10
Box Score Photos
Final
Washington U. 36, at Birmingham-Southern 21
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
UW-Platteville 56, at Lakeland 0
Box Score
Final
at Northwestern (Minn.) 38, Martin Luther 20
Box Score
Final
at Eureka 28, MacMurray 13
Box Score
Final
at Westminster (Mo.) 35, Greenville 14
Box Score
Final
Dubuque 30, at Luther 17
Box Score Recap
Final
Monmouth 52, at Lake Forest 6
Box Score Photos
Final
St. Thomas 33, at St. John's 21
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Augsburg 49, Carleton 17
Box Score Photos
Final
Bethel 44, at St. Olaf 7
Box Score
Final
at Hamline 42, Gustavus Adolphus 40
Box Score Recap
Final
at UW-Whitewater 35, Morningside 21
Box Score Recap
Final
at Hardin-Simmons 48, Texas Lutheran 38
Box Score Photos
Final
at UW-River Falls 42, Southwestern 22
Box Score Photos
Final
Simpson 17, at Buena Vista 9
Box Score
Final
at St. Scholastica 49, Crown 13
Box Score Recap
Final
Cornell 46, at Beloit 41
Box Score
Final
at Carthage 27, Augustana 24
Final
Coe 48, at Nebraska Wesleyan 17
Box Score Recap
Final
at Wartburg 56, Finlandia 0
Box Score
Final
at Wheaton (Ill.) 10, Elmhurst 6
Box Score Recap
Final
Hendrix 42, at Millsaps 14
Box Score
Final
Illinois Wesleyan 45, at North Park 10
Final
at Macalester 34, Grinnell 0
Box Score
Final
at Ripon 33, Knox 19
Final
Illinois College 40, at Lawrence 15
Final
UW-Oshkosh 77, at Morthland College (Ill.) 0
Box Score
Final
Central 42, at Loras 34
Box Score Recap
Final
at Geneva 35, Thiel 27
Box Score
Final
UW-Eau Claire 40, at Wisconsin Lutheran 14
Box Score
Final
St. John Fisher 42, at Brockport 38
Box Score Recap
Final
UW-Stevens Point 44, at Adrian 19
Box Score
Final
UW-La Crosse 41, at Carroll 7
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Berry 41, Sewanee 3
Box Score Recap Recap Photos
Final
Westminster (Pa.) 38, at Bethany 9
Box Score
Final
Ohio Wesleyan 29, at Oberlin 16
Box Score
Final
at Tufts 17, Wesleyan 14
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Mount Union 49, at Baldwin Wallace 7
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Capital 35, Wilmington 21
Box Score
Final
at Southwestern Assemblies 23, Austin 17
Box Score Photos
Cancelled
Langston at McMurry
Video Live Stats
Final
at North Central (Ill.) 42, Millikin 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at Chapman 19, Trinity (Texas) 17
Box Score Recap
Sep. 29: All times Eastern
6:30 PM
Randolph-Macon at Shenandoah
Live Stats
Sep. 30: All times Eastern
6:30 PM
Emory and Henry at Washington and Lee
Video Live Stats Audio Audio
Sep. 24: All times Eastern
Final
at Thomas More 20, Carnegie Mellon 16
Box Score Recap
Final
at Hobart 27, Union 23
Box Score Recap
Final
Christopher Newport 17, at TCNJ 0
Final
at Wittenberg 24, Wabash 14
Box Score
Final
Salisbury 35, at Southern Virginia 0
Box Score
Final
Albright 20, at Delaware Valley 17
Box Score Recap
Final
at Utica 24, Cortland 13
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Stevenson 54, FDU-Florham 15
Box Score Recap
Final
at Franklin 44, Bluffton 38
Box Score Recap
Final
Johns Hopkins 30, at Muhlenberg 24
Box Score Recap
Final
St. Thomas 33, at St. John's 21
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at UW-Whitewater 35, Morningside 21
Box Score Recap
Final
at Hardin-Simmons 48, Texas Lutheran 38
Box Score Photos
Final
at Wheaton (Ill.) 10, Elmhurst 6
Box Score Recap
Final
UW-Platteville 56, at Lakeland 0
Box Score
Final
UW-Oshkosh 77, at Morthland College (Ill.) 0
Box Score
Final
Central 42, at Loras 34
Box Score Recap
Final
St. John Fisher 42, at Brockport 38
Box Score Recap
Final
Mount Union 49, at Baldwin Wallace 7
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at North Central (Ill.) 42, Millikin 7
Box Score Recap