Tiger Football Opens the Season With a Shutout
On and off the field, anyone associated with the Wittenberg Tiger football program would tell you that it was a long summer. After the tragic loss of Miles Laboy, the Tigers were left to figure out what to do with the pain and emotion that the loss of a teammate had left inside of them.
Doing what they all do best, the Tigers knew that even though Laboy’s contagious smile and compassion for those around him would be cemented in people’s minds forever, it was their job to make sure that his competitiveness and drive was apparent on the field all season long, starting with the home opener.
Saturday night’s match-up against Capital began with Wittenberg’s captains carrying Laboy’s now iconic number eight jersey out to the coin toss. While his jersey graced Edwards-Maurer Field for one last time as an honorary captain, the feeling inside the stadium, and on the sidelines, was that what Laboy meant to the program will never leave the field.
Wittenberg took care of business, thumping the visiting Crusaders 34-0, scoring in every quarter. The Tigers recorded 475 yards of total offense, including 291 yards passing and 55 yards rushing from sophomore quarterback Jake Kennedy, as well as 93 rushing yards by Deshawn Sarley, sophomore running back.
Senior Luke Landis was a nightmare for the Capital secondary Saturday, as the wide receiver hauled in six passes for 109 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, the Tigers managed to get to Capital’s quarterback three times, never allowing the offensive unit to settle in. Senior Bobby Saul, junior Brandon Daniels, and sophomore Jeremy Asiffo combined for the sacks, accounting for a net loss of 32 yards for Capital. Senior Terrance Crowe paced the Tiger defense with 14 tackles, as the senior linebacker was all over the field. Sophomore
Michael Ford picked off an errant pass over the middle to give the Tigers defense the first interception of 2016.
To see full stats and the box score, head to WittenbergTigers.com. The Tigers have a week off before heading to Ohio Wesleyan University on the Sept. 17 to take on the Battling Bishops.