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Ian Kolste leads Whitworth to La Verne

Overview: The Pirates are riding high after plundering Whittier last week 60-0. Whitworth racked up 605 yards of offense, including 442 in the first half as Whitworth built a 43-0 lead at halftime. The Pirates face a La Verne team that made the NCAA Div. III playoffs last season, but the Leopards stumbled out of the gate and fell 31-19 on Sept. 3 at Puget Sound.

Whitworth opens football season with convincing victory

Whitworth didn’t start sharply, but an improved Pirates defense held Whittier in check long enough to allow the offense to roll over the Poets in an impressive 47-11 season-opening win Saturday. After turning the ball over on downs in the first series, Whitworth sophomore quarterback Ian Kolste hit Nick Kiourkas on scoring strikes of 49 and 38 yards.

Whitworth gets on a roll, routs Whittier

Whitworth didn’t start sharply, but an improved Pirates defense held Whittier in check long enough to allow the offense to roll over the Poets in an impressive 47-11 season-opening win Saturday.

Whitworth opens with Whittier at Pine Bowl

The Whitworth Pirates earned coach Rod Sandberg’s first road victory last season with a 30-17 decision over Whittier. Sandberg said he knows little about the team the Poets are bringing to the Pine Bowl today.

Whitworth football opens at home vs. Whittier on Saturday

When the Whitworth Pirates held their final scrimmage last Friday, the team had almost as many starters on the sidelines as they did banging against each other on the field. But coach Rod Sandberg said most of those players, except starting linebacker Luke Peterson, are expected to play Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Pine Bowl when the Pirates open the season against Whittier.

Newcomers a pleasant surprise for Whitworth football team

When the season began, new Whitworth football coach Rod Sandberg said that several of the more than 50 new players for the Pirates would have to step up and play right away for the team to have success. After the first three games, at least, consider that first hurdle crossed. Whitworth (3-0, 1-0 Northwest Conference) has had huge contributions from several freshmen and new players.

Banged up Whitworth looks to take next step

The Whitworth Pirates took their pass-happy offense on the road last week and stubbed their toes with seven dropped passes, nine penalties and several missed tackles but found a way to beat Whittier 30-17.

Sophomore Ian Kolste will start at QB for Whitworth

When Whitworth travels to California this weekend to take on the Whittier Poets, the Pirates will start the game with a new quarterback: Ian Kolste. Kolste, a sophomore from Oak Harbor, Washington, gets the starting nod for the game at 1 p.m. Saturday in place of senior Bryan Peterson (West Valley) who has started almost all of the games since 2011.

Rugged road for Whitworth football

Smarting after three straight losses, the Whitworth Pirates boarded a bus after practice Thursday, headed to Salem to take on league foe Willamette Bearcats in a rare Friday night football game that will present a tough task to end a losing streak. The Bearcats are 3-0 and emerged this week as 25th in the Division III poll. They join Northwest Conference compatriots No. 2 Linfield (4-0, 1-0) and No. 15 Pacific Lutheran (3-1, 0-1) as three ranked teams Whitworth has yet to face.

Pirates plunder Poets possessions in win

Fumble, fumble, fumble, interception, punt, punt, stopped on downs, fumble, time expired. As second-half drive charts go, the one above is mighty ugly for an offense and thoroughly satisfying for a defense.

Whitworth withstands Whittier at the Pine Bowl

Consider Whitworth’s defense one happy unit as the Pirates came up with six turnovers and a 38-17 non-conference football victory over Whittier College in front of 1,725 sun-baked fans Saturday at the Pine Bowl.

Whitworth takes on Poets in California

Whitworth’s second test of the young college football season is similar to its first. The Pirates are on the road again, taking on a nonconference opponent they’ve never faced with a first-year head coach. Today’s assignment is the Whittier College Poets, a member of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (SCIAC), at Memorial Stadium.