Warhawks overcome slow start in Indiana

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Gazette staff
September 13, 2014

FRANKLIN, Ind.—The beat goes on for UW-Whitewater’s football team.

The defending Division III champion Warhawks won their 19th straight game Saturday with a 42-13 nonconference win over Franklin College.

Whitewater (2-0) trailed 13-7 after one quarter but buried Franklin (1-1) by scoring 35 unanswered points.

Whitewater’s Jake Kumerow, considered one of the top receivers in Division III, had nine catches for 128 yards and three touchdowns.

Quarterback Matt Behrendt had 224 yards passing and four touchdowns for the Warhawks.

Whitewater coach Lance Leipold said the slow start was a good learning experience for his talented team.

“Give Franklin credit,” Leipold said. “They came out with a nice game plan and showed some things we hadn’t seen on film. The first quarter will be a good teaching tool for us.

“But after their second score, our defense played very well. we forced a couple turnovers and did a better job of tackling.”

Whitewater took the lead for good at 14-13 on Behrendt’s 16-yard TD pass to Joe Worth with 9:41 left in the first half.

The Warhawks put the game away with 21 points in the third quarter, including Kumerow’s second TD reception of the game.

“Offensively, I thought we were very aggressive today and did a lot of good things,” Leipold said. “We like our weapons, and we’ve got to continue to build on it.”

Nick Patterson rushed 12 times for 141 yards to lead Whitewater’s 298-yard rushing day.

Whitewater continues its run of four road games in six weeks next Saturday at The College of New Jersey.

“We’re going to find out what we’re about, and it’ll help this football team come together, too,” Leipold said.

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