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Whitworth football opens with convincing win

Sat., Sept. 1, 2012, 6:28 p.m.

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.

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