Noah Gurzenski

Ohio Wesleyan University (2-0, 1-0 NCAC) quelled a Lords football (0-3, 0-2 NCAC) comeback attempt in their Saturday matchup, besting Kenyon by a score of 35-25.

Down 14-3 late in the second quarter facing a third and 10, Co-Captain Jake Bates ’16 connected with Brian Hunca ’17 for a 36-yard reception and the first down. A few plays later, Brandon January ’15 punched it in from the two-yard line, making the score 14-10 and bringing the Lords within reach of catching up to Ohio Wesleyan.

In the second half, Kenyon’s offense picked up where they had left off, driving 70 yards downfield and taking the 17-14 lead on a four-yard touchdown reception by Blake Calcei ’16. Just 40 seconds later, Ohio Wesleyan responded with a 65-yard rushing touchdown to retake the lead.

Trailing 35-17 in the fourth quarter, Bates threw to Greg McIntosh ’16 for a 16-yard touchdown pass, and January ran in the two-point conversion to make the score 35-25.

Despite the loss, Head Coach Chris Monfiletto said he was pleased with his team’s progress through the first three games of the season. “We put ourselves in the best possible position to win the game, and on top of it our guys played really hard; they never gave up,” he said.

Kenyon will face their first road test of the season this Saturday when they travel to DePauw University.

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