/seasons/2017/contrib/20170902jpw13d

James, Wabash Run Past Albion

More news about: Wabash

Ike James and the Wabash College Little Giant football team rushed past Albion College Saturday afternoon, winning its 2017 season opener 35-26 Saturday afternoon and Hollett Little Giant Stadium in Crawfordsville.

James, a sophomore transfer from Saint Joseph College,  ran through, around, and sometimes over the visiting Britons' defense to the tune of 238 yards and three touchdowns on 43 carries. He rushed for the sixth-highest yards in Wabash history, joining the ranks of legendary runners Mason Zurek, Chris Morris, Bill Kaiser, Mike Henry, and the late Stan Huntsman as the only players to top 230 rushing yards in a game. James' 43 carries ranks fourth in Wabash single-game history.

"Kudos to the offensive line," Wabash head coach Don Morel said. "We actually lost our starting running back, Isaac Avant, on the first play of the game. We'll have to find out how he's doing. Ike James did a great job for his first game as a Little Giant. The offensive line was fantastic. We seemed to be able to control the ball when we wanted to and needed to. We made critical first downs on the ground."

The Little Giants ran the ball 72 times for 321 yards and five scores. James found the end zone three times. Bobby Blum added one rushing TD, finishing with 11 carries for 45 yards. Tyler Downing scored on a 2-yard run late in the second quarter to give Wabash the lead it would never relinquish.

The 72 carries is the second-most in team history and marks just the second time in 131 years of football at Wabash that the Little Giants have topped 70 carries in a game. Wabash rushed for a school-record 76 times against Washington University-St. Louis in 1970.

James gave Wabash the early lead with a one-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, but Albion (0-1) fired right back with a 24-yard field goal from Andrew Fabry and a touchdown pass from talented freshman quarterback Kyle Thomas provided the visiting Britons with a 10-7 lead. Downing's touchdown capped a nine-play, 55-yard drive and game Wabash the 14-10 halftime lead.

The third quarter belonged to Wabash statistically, but Albion still managed to stay close. The Little Giant defense limited their opponents to just 17 plays and 60 yards of total offense, but an interception led to a late score in the period for the Britons to cut the advantage to 10 points heading into the final period.

The teams traded touchdowns in the closing minutes of the game. Trailing by nine with 1:37 left to play, Albion managed a stop on fourth down after Wabash had already converted on four previous fourth-down attempts. The Britons marched all the way down to the 27-yard line before Wabash ended the scoring threat with an interception by senior safety Jeff Houston.

"I thought our defense did a good job," Morel said. "We put them in a bad situation twice. That should have never happened, and that's on us as coaches. But still, when they needed to make stops, they did. They had a run in the third quarter where it seemed like we stopped Albion three or four times in a row. Albion will score a bunch of points this year, there is no doubt about that."

Wabash outgained the Britons in total yardage 386-329, but ran 84 plays from offense compared to 56 for the visitors.

"This is really like a preseason game for us, although you know you have to win it. Now we know what we have to work on, who we are. Clearly we've got some issues in the passing game that we need to clean up. We'll fix those things."

Sophomore quarterback Weston Murphy earned his first career start. He finished 8-of-12 for 65 yards with a longest pass of 17 yards.

Thomas threw for 215 yards and two touchdowns for Albion and rushed for another 52 yards and a score.

"Weston managed the game well. He had only one goal today and that was win the football game. As a sophomore starting quarterback he is 1-0 at Wabash College and that's pretty good."

Evan Hansen paced the Wabash defense with nine tackles, six for solo stops. Byshup Rhodes made two of the Little Giants' four sacks.

Wabash (1-0) gets a one-week break before facing Kenyon College September 16 at home with kickoff slated for 1 p.m.

The definitive history of the USFL: Football for a Buck, by Jeff Pearlman. Available now!
Sep. 20: All times Eastern
Cancelled
Maryville (Tenn.) at Washington and Lee
Video Live stats Audio
Sep. 21: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
St. Lawrence at Morrisville State
Live stats
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Bridgewater State
Video Live stats
Sep. 22: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Alvernia at Delaware Valley
Live stats
12:00 PM
Hobart at Endicott
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Framingham State at Massachusetts Maritime
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Buffalo State at RPI
Live stats
12:00 PM
Catholic at MIT
Video Preview Live stats
12:00 PM
Springfield at WPI
Live stats
12:00 PM
Lycoming at FDU-Florham
Video Live stats Audio
12:00 PM
Emory and Henry at Rochester
Video Live stats Audio Audio
12:00 PM
Alfred State at Nichols
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Southern Virginia at Kean
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Maine Maritime at Merchant Marine
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Bowdoin at Middlebury
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Hamilton at Amherst
Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
Colby at Williams
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Juniata at Muhlenberg
Video Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Moravian at Ursinus
1:00 PM
Montclair State at Christopher Newport
Live stats
1:00 PM
St. Vincent at Carnegie Mellon
Video Preview Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Curry at Union
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Franklin and Marshall
Video Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
Bates at Trinity (Conn.)
Video Preview Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
Dickinson at Johns Hopkins
Video Video Live stats Live stats
1:00 PM
Misericordia at Wilkes
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Rowan at Frostburg State
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
McDaniel at Gettysburg
Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
DePauw at Wooster
Video Preview Live stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Stevenson at King's
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Cortland at Alfred
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Grove City at Washington and Jefferson
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Bethany at Westminster (Pa.)
1:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Allegheny
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
William Paterson at Wesley
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Apprentice at LaGrange
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Denison at Oberlin
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Anna Maria at Western New England
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Martin Luther at Greenville
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Westminster (Mo.) at St. Scholastica
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Iowa Wesleyan at Minnesota-Morris
1:07 PM
Albright at Widener
Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Norwich at Coast Guard
Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Anderson at Defiance
Video Live stats
1:30 PM
John Carroll at Mount Union
Video Preview Live stats Audio Tickets
1:30 PM
Hanover at Bluffton
Video Live stats Audio
1:30 PM
Westfield State at Worcester State
Live stats
1:30 PM
Geneva at Waynesburg
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Brevard at Virginia-Lynchburg
2:00 PM
Greensboro at Ferrum
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Ithaca at St. John Fisher
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Muskingum at Wilmington
Video Video Preview Live stats
2:00 PM
Ohio Northern at Otterbein
Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Hendrix at Austin
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at North Park
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Rhodes at Birmingham-Southern
2:00 PM
Cal Lutheran at UW-Stout
2:00 PM
Millsaps at Sewanee
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Thomas More at Huntingdon
Video
2:00 PM
Carthage at Washington U.
Video Preview Live stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Augsburg at St. Olaf
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Hamline at Concordia-Moorhead
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Carleton at St. John's
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Illinois College at Chicago
Video Preview Live stats
2:00 PM
Gustavus Adolphus at Bethel
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Wartburg at Nebraska Wesleyan
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Coe at Buena Vista
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Central at Dubuque
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Grinnell at St. Norbert
2:00 PM
Northwestern (Minn.) at Crown
Video
2:00 PM
Loras at Luther
Video
2:00 PM
Knox at Ripon
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Macalester at Monmouth
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Carroll at Elmhurst
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Cornell at Beloit
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Lawrence at Lake Forest
Video Live stats
2:10 PM
UW-Eau Claire at St. Thomas
Live stats Audio
2:30 PM
Mount St. Joseph at Earlham
Video Live stats
2:30 PM
Dean at Becker
Video Live stats
Postponed
N.C. Wesleyan at Bridgewater
Video Live stats
4:00 PM
Western Connecticut at Salve Regina
Video Preview Live stats
5:30 PM
Plymouth State at Mass-Dartmouth
Video Preview Live stats
6:00 PM
Wesleyan at Tufts
Video Live stats
6:00 PM
TCNJ at Salisbury
Video Live stats Audio
7:00 PM
Manchester at Rose-Hulman
Video Preview Live stats
7:00 PM
Thiel at Case Western Reserve
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Baldwin Wallace at Heidelberg
Video Live stats Audio Audio
7:00 PM
Berry at Centre
Video Live stats Audio
7:00 PM
Kenyon at Wittenberg
Live stats Audio
7:00 PM
Howard Payne at Hardin-Simmons
Video Live stats Audio
7:00 PM
Illinois Wesleyan at Augustana
Video Live stats Audio
7:00 PM
Sul Ross State at McMurry
Video Live stats Audio
7:00 PM
Millikin at Wheaton (Ill.)
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Lakeland at UW-Platteville
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Louisiana College at Southwestern
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at Texas Lutheran
Video Live stats
8:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Belhaven
Video Live stats
Sep. 22: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Alvernia at Delaware Valley
Live stats
12:00 PM
Buffalo State at RPI
Live stats
1:00 PM
William Paterson at Wesley
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Grove City at Washington and Jefferson
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Rowan at Frostburg State
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Franklin and Marshall
Video Video Preview Live stats
1:30 PM
John Carroll at Mount Union
Live stats Tickets Video Preview Audio
2:00 PM
Ithaca at St. John Fisher
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Carleton at St. John's
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at North Park
Video Live stats
2:10 PM
UW-Eau Claire at St. Thomas
Live stats Audio
7:00 PM
Kenyon at Wittenberg
Live stats Audio
7:00 PM
Berry at Centre
Video Live stats Audio
7:00 PM
Thiel at Case Western Reserve
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at Texas Lutheran
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Howard Payne at Hardin-Simmons
Video Live stats Audio
7:00 PM
Millikin at Wheaton (Ill.)
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Illinois Wesleyan at Augustana
Video Live stats Audio