Kickoff: 11 a.m. at Memorial Stadium in Whittier, Calif.
Records: Whitworth (0-1); Whittier (0-0)
Overview: The Pirates look to rebound after a heart-wrenching 50-49 overtime loss last week to Central (Iowa). The Pirates pillaged the Dutch for 595 total yards, including 474 yards passing on a career day from Whitworth’s Ian Kolste. Unfortunately for the Pirates, the defense also gave up 602 total yards in the loss. The Pirates will look to secure the team’s first win against a Whittier team that went winless last season and is currently mired in a 13-game losing streak that dates back to midway through the 2014 season. That streak also led to a new coaching staff. Mike Neale, the longtime defensive coordinator at Albright College (Pa.), now tries to write a new chapter for the Poets. The Pirates opened the 2015 campaign with a 47-11 victory over Whittier at Pine Bowl. In that game, 10 different receivers caught passes in the win. The Pirates also notched six sacks on defense. Duke DeGaetano leads the Bucs’ rushing attack after one game. He gained 76 yards on 18 attempts against Central. He also caught 12 passes out of the backfield for 59 yards. With the loss, Whitworth dropped from No. 19 to unranked in the D3football.com poll.
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