Statesmen cruise 68-10 over Waldorf
OSKALOOSA — Waldorf kept pace early, but the William Penn football team was just too much, posting a 68-10 win against the Warriors in Midwest League play Saturday.
Sixth-ranked William Penn (4-0, 2-0 MWL), who is on a seven-game winning streak, now prepares for one of its biggest challenges of the season next weekend. The Statesmen will be seeking revenge against McKendree (0-2) after the Bearcats kept the navy and gold out of last year’s NAIA postseason with a 24-14 loss, their only setback of 2010. The programs square off at 1 p.m.in Oskaloosa.
The Statesmen scored on their first seven possessions Saturday night and were never really threatened against the Warriors (0-3, 0-1 MWL).
William Penn outgained Waldorf 565-125, including 470 on the ground, but the first touchdown ironically came through the air as Taylor Parsons found Chris Crawford for a 37-yarder just 3:47 into the evening.
Parsons completed five of his nine passes for 89 yards and two scores.
The Warriors responded with a field goal, but that stood to be the last time they would be within single digits.
Only 3:02 later, Dalton Phelps flew around the left edge from seven yards to make it 14-3 and the rout was on. Phelps finished with 40 yards on six rushes.
Marcus Kerrigan added the first of his two field goals later in the first stanza, a 29-yarder. He also knocked through a 33-yarder in the second quarter.
Perhaps the best play of the night did not come by design and exemplified the kind of night it was to be for William Penn. After being stopped for the first time, the Statesmen were forced to punt, but kicker Jason Johnson bobbled the snap. As he attempted to retrieve the pigskin, he looked downfield and saw very few white Waldorf jerseys, so he tucked the ball in and decided to run for the first down eight yards away. The sophomore easily picked up the necessary yardage and then executed moves that even his runningback teammates would be proud of as he scampered 55 yards for his first collegiate touchdown.
At that point, it was 24-3, but the first half was far from over. Parsons eluded defenders on the next drive and ran 51 yards to paydirt and with 12:25 still on the clock, William Penn led 31-3. The sophomore took the ball eight times for 88 yards and two endzone celebrations.
Waldorf put its final points on the board in the next possession, only to have Kerrigan hit his 33-yarder and Parsons connect with DeMarco Sanders on a 15-yard TD pass to make it 41-10 at the break.
Parsons began the third with an 11-yard score and Nate Wilmes ended it with his first collegiate tally, a 21-yard rush with 16 ticks still on the scoreboard.
Evan Ressler, with a six-yarder, and Larry Reed, on a 17-yarder, also joined the touchdown club in the fourth period. Reed contributed 61 yards and Ressler managed 57.
Shawn Davis did not score, but was again near the century mark with 18 rushes for a team-best 92 yards.
The defense, led by seven tackles from Sean Colemon , forced three turnovers to keep the Warriors at bay. Ivan Kindell intercepted a pass and returned it 28 yards to begin the final stanza.
Travis Provo was influential on the line with two sacks and a fumble recovery. Jordi Vernor was credited with the other recovery.
William Penn places sixth at Ashford Invite
CLINTON — The Lady Statesmen volleyball team unfortunately did not have a very good showing in front of three other league programs as it competed at the Ashford Invitational Friday and Saturday.
No. 18 Viterbo, Clarke, and Ashford were all in the competition with Viterbo sweeping Clarke 3-0 for the title Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Statesmen (9-9) began Friday with a 3-0 loss to Clarke (13-25, 18-25, 10-25) and then were also swept won by McKendree (Ill.) (22-25, 20-25, 22-25).
Saturday started better with a 3-1 win over Sioux Falls (S.D.) (25-18, 25-18, 20-25, 25-15), setting the team in the fifth-place game. William Penn came up short one final time, however, pushing the host Saints to the five-game limit (21-25, 25-23, 25-18, 20-25, 8-15).
Clarke 3, William Penn 0
All-tournament performer Lacey Taylor was white hot out of the gate with 12 kills and a .571 attack percentage against Clarke.
Katherine Stumberg managed 16 assists, while Alanna Connors finished with 10 digs.
McKendree 3, William Penn 0
Taylor again guided the navy and gold against McKendree, but with just nine kills. Stumberg and Dayna Sammons managed 14 assists apiece and Connors dug 16 balls (Taylor had 15 digs).
Taylor and Katie served two aces and defensively, Brittany Rohling posted two solo blocks and a block assist.
William Penn 3, Sioux Falls 1
Taylor reached double figures with 12 kills and was not alone as Jeanette Cunningham contributed10. Rohling, with eight, and Katy Hingtgen, with six, were also strong on the offensive end.
The Lady Statesmen hit a weekend-best .402 against the Cougars.
Nineteen assists were credited to Sammons and Stumberg helped out with 18 winners. Taylor had 15 digs and Sammons was impressive at the service line with five aces. Christa Subbert also notched three and Taylor earned a pair on the stat sheet.
Rohling was a presence at the net as well with seven blocks (three solos, four assists).
Ashford 3, William Penn 2
Taylor saved her best for last with 17 kills. Three others (Rielly with 13 and Hingtgen and Subbert with 10 each) were also productive.
Stumberg’s 38 assists were a weekend high and Connors led her team with 20 digs. Hingtgen added two aces and five block assists, while Rohling matched her defensive tally.
William Penn goes right back to Clinton Wednesday to face Ashford in MCC play at 7:30 p.m.
42 seconds of miseryleads to 2-0 loss to Mustangs
OSKALOOSA — If only the William Penn men’s soccer team could go back in time and play over the 57th and 58th minutes of Saturday night’s game against Mount Mercy. There is no such time machine and the Statesmen are left pondering a 2-0 loss to the Mustangs in their Midwest Collegiate Conference opener.
The Statesmen (1-4-1, 0-1 MCC) were outshot 18-9, but played even except for a rough patch that started at the 56:57 mark and ended just 42 seconds later at 57:39. At the conclusion of the mess, the hosts trailed 2-0 and Mount Mercy (3-4-1, 1-0 MCC) held on from there.
Mark Dryden paced the navy and gold with five shots (two on goal), while Sam Gursk collected eight saves.
The Statesmen remain at home next Saturday to host Grand View in MCC action at 7 p.m.
Lady Statesmen start league slate with loss
OSKALOOSA — Saturday night brought rain and an aggressive opponent that refused to be stopped as the William Penn women’s soccer team fell 2-1 to Mount Mercy in its Midwest Collegiate Conference opener.
The Lady Statesmen (1-5-1, 0-1 MCC) played even through the first 45 minutes with their lone goal coming via Taylor Parks, an equalizer at the 15:44 mark. It is her second of 2011.
Tthe Mustangs dominated the offensive end with another 14 shots in the second stanza (28-7 edge overall) and scored the game winner at 51:00.
Seven different William Penn players had one shot each in the setback, while Ali Parks recorded eight saves in her first start of the fall.
The Lady Statesmen remain at home next Saturday to host Grand View in MCC action at 5 p.m.