Whitko runs TRC win streak to four
Whitko running back Chris Bumbaugh takes on a Northfield defender in the first half of the Wildcats road win Friday 35-14. Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott
WABASH–– After four Three Rivers Conference games, Whitko continued to hold onto its undefeated record in the TRC Friday night taking out the Northfield Norsemen, and improving their record to 5-1 overall.
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The ‘Cats continued to rely on their defense to hold Northfield to only two touchdowns and Whitko quarterback Alex Stoddard led the offense to five touchdowns on the night, with a final score of 35-14.
Whitko’s offense set the pace for the game, bringing in two first-quarter touchdowns.
“I thought we played very well the first quarter,” Whitko Head Coach Wayne Swender said.
Stoddard found receivers Travis Weigold and Derek Snep in the end zone, setting the halftime score at 14-0.
Weigold caught both passes thrown to him and picked up 27 yards for the ‘Cats. Snep gave Whitko another 32 yards for the game.
The Norsemen stole the momentum from Whitko after halftime, only allowing the ’Cats a quick three-and-out first drive and firing back with a quick touchdown.
“The kids really cranked it up after halftime, but we need them to play the whole 48 minutes,” Northfield Head Coach John Diener said.
Following the TD, Northfield tried an onside kick, but DJ Fouce and his backfield partner Dakota Harmon took advantage of the close yardage, helping the ‘Cats score another touchdown. Fouce carried the ball twice and Harmon had three carries and the one-yard touchdown run to complete the drive, putting Whitko up 21-7 with 2:58 left in the third quarter.
The pair combined for 167 yards on the night and it was all done with the help of the Wildcat offensive line.
“Our offensive and defensive lines did a great job tonight,” Swender said.
After another Norsemen touchdown to start the fourth quarter, Whitko decided to steal the momentum back, picking up two consecutive touchdowns to finish the game.
Scott Skiles had a 39-yard touchdown run with nearly eight minutes to go in the game, putting the ‘Cats up 35-14.
“Their defense shut down our belly play so we found other ways to move the ball up the field,” Swender said.
Whitko’s defense didn’t allow Northwood very much breathing room, only allowing them 260 yards for the entire game.
“We like to have a swarming defense, we don’t just want one guy picking up the tackle, we want three or four guys in there,” Swender said.
Fourteen different players picked up tackles for the ‘Cats for a total of 75 overall tackles.
Whitko looks to continue its four-game winning streak as they prepare to take on the top teams in the conference, beginning with North Miami next week.
“Were going to get back to work Monday to make sure our defense is ready for North Miami’s spread offense,” Swender said.
North Miami won Friday night against Southwood 42-10, also improving to 4-0 in the conference.