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Whitworth football opens with convincing win

Whitworth University (Whitworth University)
Whitworth University (Whitworth University)

Ronnie Thomas ran for 161 yards and three touchdowns as Whitworth jumped ahead early and eased past College of St. Scholastica for a 28-13 season-opening nonconference football win Saturday afternoon in Duluth, Minn.

Thomas scored from 4 yards out on the Pirates’ opening drive and had another short touchdown run in the second quarter to give Whitworth a 14-0 halftime lead. Thomas then scored on Whitworth’s first drive to open the second half. Later in the quarter, Jake DeGooyer caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from Michael McCune to give the Pirates a commanding 28-0 lead.

Whitworth held St. Scholastica to just 249 yards of total offense.

The win is Whitworth’s first season-opening victory since 2008 and it snapped the Saints’ 14-game winning streak.

The Pirates play at Whittier College on Saturday.