The Whitworth University football team overcame a slow start.
Once the Pirates got untracked, though, it was worth the wait.
Whitworth scored four touchdowns in the second quarter on its way to a 35-7 victory over the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens in a nonconference football game Saturday at Claremont, Calif.
The Pirates (1-1) rolled up 563 yards offense, split nearly evenly between rushing (260) and passing (303). Senior running back Adam Anderson rushed for 136 yards on 18 carries with two touchdowns.
Whitworth quarterback Andrew DeFelice threw for 203 yards, completing 11 of 16 passes. He threw for two TDs. The Pirates’ other QB, Tayler Eglet, completed 7 of 11 for 100 yards and a TD.
Pomona-Pitzer had a strong opening drive, ending with a field-goal attempt that was no good. The Pirates’ defense toughened up from that point, not allowing another Sagehen first down until late in the first half.
Whitworth’s first TD came when DeFelice rolled out and found Kasey Lambert on a 14-yard pass with 5:39 left in the second quarter.
The Sagehens’ lone TD came on their next possession.
On the Pirates’ next possession, Anderson sprinted for 44 yards to a TD.
On the Bucs’ third TD of the first half, they set a school record for the longest play from scrimmage when DeFelice found Conor Haley open and he finished a 96-yard pass-and-run play.
Whit–Lambert 14 pass from DeFelice (Goranson kick)
PP–Maki 30 pass from Caron (Hentschel kick)
Whit-Anderson 44 run (Goranson kick)
Whit-Haley 96 pass from DeFelice (Goranson kick)
Whit-Anderson 32 run (Goranson kick)
Whit-Entel 49 pass from Eglet (Goranson kick)
Rushing: Whitworth- Anderson 18-140, Lessier 11-74, Scott 11-53. Pomona-Pitzer- Sweeney 12-56, Caron 7-39.
Passing: Whitworth- DeFelice 11-16-1-203, Eglet 7-11-0-100. Pomona-Pitzer- Caron 18-40-4-187.
Receiving: Whitworth- Entel 5-92, DeGooyer 4-29, Haley 3-116, Scott 3-26, Lambert 2-33, Anderson 1-7. Pomona-Pitzer- Maki 11-118, Sweeney 4-20, Mcnitt 3-49.
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