Sports talk from The Spokesman-Review, featuring Larry Weir.
Whitworth’s defense and special teams held up long enough for the offense to save the day in the end.
After a week of regrouping following a lopsided loss, the Whitworth Pirates look to get back on track against another Northwest Conference foe this week.
Whitworth’s unbeaten run to start its football season came to a humbling end Saturday.
If it’s fall, it must be time for another Whitworth-Linfield football showdown.
It was part of Whitworth’s pregame plan to have freshman quarterback Caleb Christensen take a few snaps at the start of the second quarter Saturday against Lewis & Clark.
After a shortened 2020 season in which Whitworth only played – and won – four games, the Pirates entered the 2021-2022 season looking to extend their streak of winning seasons to eight.
Whitworth aced its first road test of the season Saturday.
With just over two minutes left in the game, Whitworth needed to do something it hadn’t been able to do the entire fourth quarter in the Pirates’ 31-29 win over Lincoln – get a defensive stop.
It may not have been the season opener Rod Sandberg expected, but the Whitworth coach certainly didn’t mind the early test in the Pirates’ 13-10 nonconference win over Carnegie Mellon on Friday.
Throughout his eight years as head coach, Rod Sandberg has elevated the standards of Whitworth football.
Even championship teams eventually need to retool.
The Whitworth football team opened preseason practices this month with plenty of faces, many of them familiar.