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September 27, 2023

Miracle on Turf: Football destroys Northwood 50–0 to claim first victory in four years

The football team (1–1) dominated the Northwood Gladiators (0–2), 50–0, on Saturday morning to end their 4-year losing streak.

The Vikes came out of the gates blazing hot, with two touchdown rushes coming from senior running back Benjamin Schlotterer and junior running back Henry Kruuse. The game was postponed with 9:50 left in the second quarter due to lightning in the area, but not even Mother Nature could stop Whitman this weekend. However, the start of Saturday’s continuation didn’t go to plan, as in the middle of the second quarter, senior John Wayman had a pass go through his hands to be intercepted by Northwood sophomore Jeremiah Sterling. The Vikings looked past this mishap and played turnover-free football for the rest of the contest. The offense massively helped Whitman cruise to victory. They ended the second quarter with a touchdown pass from junior Connor Werkman to fellow junior Omar Abumoussa, combined with a 2-point conversion rush by Schlotterer, giving the Vikes a 21–0 lead heading into halftime. 

Not only was Whitman’s offense on fire, but their defense was rock solid. To close out the second half, junior Derrick Goodman caught an interception that helped boost the Vikes’ confidence even more. The Vikings never stopped pouring the points on when Wayman redeemed himself with a touchdown catch early in the third quarter. Whitman immediately kept scoring with a QB sack by multiple Vikings, resulting in a safety. And just when the Vikings might take it easy, they kept their foot on the gas pedal as junior Patrick Bartleman returned the safety punt for another Vikings touchdown. With the score 36–0, the defense took over the scoring duties with a pick-six by senior Jacob Gaum. The Vikes’ final points came in the 4th quarter with another Schlotterer rushing touchdown to bring the final score to 50–0. 

The scenes after the game were electric as the Vikings sprinted to the endzone, relishing in the triumph of overcoming their four-year drought, and ended the magical morning by giving second-year Coach Sean “Mo” Pierce a Gatorade bath.

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For the first time in 4 years, Whitman will look to build a winning streak on Thursday night, September 14th, in the home opener against the Walter Johnson Wildcats (2–0).


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