DePauw Drops Home and NCAC Opener to Wittenberg

DePauw Drops Home and NCAC Opener to Wittenberg

September 21, 2013

Box score

Greencastle, Ind. - Visiting Wittenberg scored on each of its first three possessions and outgained DePauw, 461-171, on the way to a 45-0 North Coast Athletic Conference win in the Tigers' home opener at Blackstock Stadium.

Wittenberg took the opening kickoff and drove 80 yards in 13 plays with quarterback Reed Florence scoring from one yard. Evan Grissom's extra point made it 7-0 with 10:23 left in the first.

The hosts failed to pick up a first down on their first series and Wittenberg struck again as Florence scored on a 4-yard run with 4:20 remaining. Another three-and-out for DePauw's offense gave Wittenberg the ball back and the guests drove to the DePauw 2 before Dennis Callicutt stopped Florence for a three-yard loss on third-and-goal. Grissom booted a 22-yard field goal to push the lead to 17-0 with 12:10 left in the half.

Midway through the second period, Wittenberg was called for a personal foul on Nikko Sansone's punt return giving the Tigers the ball on Wittenberg's 34. Freshman Matt Hunt entered the game at quarterback for DePauw and converted a fourth-down pass to Barry Flynn for 16 yards to the 16. Two plays later, however, Hunt was picked off by Mark Swope at the Wittenberg 4 after Evan Killilea deflected the pass.

Wittenberg then needed just six plays to cover 96 yards with Jimmy Dehnke scoring on a 3-yard run with 2:55 left in the half to make it 24-0.

Dehnke scored on Wittenberg's first possession of the second half with a five-yard run before Florence tossed a nine-yard scoring pass to Sean Gary to make it 38-0 with 6:39 remaining in the third.

Early in the fourth, Wittenberg's Victor Banjo blocked Eric Malm's punt and the visitors needed just one play to score with backup quarterback Zack Jenkins scoring on his first play of the game - a five-yard run.

DePauw's best scoring chance came on its final series of the game when it drove to the Wittenberg 1, but Amen Galley was stopped by Dwight Hill and Brady Vanover for a two-yard loss on fourth-and-goal.

Florence completed 20 of 31 passes for 212 yards with Brendon Cunningham hauling in five for 64 yards. Sean Gary carried the ball 14 times for 110 yards as Wittenberg totaled 235 rushing yards and 226 through the air.

Hunt completed 9 of 18 for 97 yards with Justin Murray connecting on three of his six attempts. Sansone rushed  for 26 yards on four carries.

Cody Baker paced DePauw with 16 tackles followed by Adam Folta with 10 and Will Longthorne seven. Kyle Sanning led Wittenberg with seven stops with Spencer Leno and Hill each adding five.

DePauw returns to action on Saturday, September 28, when it travels to Kenyon.