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Game preview: Whittier at Whitworth

Ian Kolste leads a high-scoring offense for Whitworth, which defeated Central Iowa in its season opener last week. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Ian Kolste leads a high-scoring offense for Whitworth, which defeated Central Iowa in its season opener last week. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Whittier at (24) Whitworth

Kickoff: 11 a.m., Pine Bowl

Records: Whittier (0-0), Whitworth (1-0)

Radio: 1230-AM

Watch: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/whitworth/

Overview: The Pirates, who throttled Central (Iowa) 56-13 on the road last week, debut their new million-dollar field turf against a Whittier team looking to snap a 22-game losing streak. Whitworth leads the all-time 5-0 after drubbing the Poets 60-0 last season. After practicing indoors this past week due to smoke from forest fires in the the region, Whitworth’s offense looks to keep rolling behind preseason All-American quarterback Ian Kolste, who completed 37 of his 47 passes for 473 yards and six touchdowns in the opener. Whitworth’s defense was just as menacing, allowing just 161 yards passing. Whittier is led by junior linebacker Nicholas Markarian, who led the Poets in tackles (62) in 2016.