Warhawks host unbeaten Titans
WHITEWATER The UW-Whitewater homecoming crowd should see an entertaining game Saturday afternoon when the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football title likely will be decided at Perkins Stadium.
Undefeated UW-Oshkosh (3-0 in the WIAC, 6-0 overall) arrives to take on co-WIAC leader UW-Whitewater (3-0,
5-1) in a game that will give the winner the tiebreaker advantage if both teams finish with the same conference record at the end of the season.
The seven-time defending conference champion Warhawks played their best game of the season last week when they won at UW-Stout, 41-7.
The offense scored on its first four possessions, and the defense held the Blue Devils to 138 total yards.
The Warhawk defense will be out to stop Titan quarterback Nate Wara, who directs the 10th-ranked offense in NCAA Division III football. Oshkosh has averaged 517 total yards in its six victories, including 296 yards rushing, which is the ninth best in NCAA DIII.
Wara can run and throw. He is the second-leading rusher on the Titans with 485 yards (5.5 average). Wara has completed 65 percent of his passes (102 of 157) for 1,311 yards and 10 touchdowns against just one interception.
The Warhawks counter with the DIII-leading rush offense, allowing an average of just 29.2 yards a game with the third-best points-per-game average of 7.8. Whitewater has allowed an average of just 182 yards passing a game, and has picked off 18 passes, including four by Ryan Wenkman and three each by Cole Klotz, Marcus McLin and Andrew Kiester.
The Warhawk offense, which is averaging 347.5 yards a game, goes up against an Oshkosh defense that has allowed an average of 12.83 points a game.
The teams have one common opponent in UW-
Platteville. Whitewater survived a final-minute two-point conversion attempt to win, 27-26, on Sept. 29. The Titans defeated the Pioneers at Oshkosh, 34-13, last Saturday.
Evansville High graduate Tucker Johnson is a junior starting left tackle on the Titans.
UW-Whitewater also will induct eight members to its
UW-W Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday.
The inductees are Dennis Bogacz (football), Jeff Cavanaugh (baseball), Sara Gonzales (volleyball), Mira Hamilton (track), Stacey Lueptow (track), Lori (Nelson) Ross (softball), Darrell Rupnow (baseball), and Jim Toennies (distinguished service).
The game will be broadcast on WKCH, 106.5 FM, and will be televised on Charter Cable Channel 19/20.