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CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Whittier College football team's offense was held in check Saturday afternoon as they fell 40-3 to the Stags of Claremont-M-S at Fritz Burns Stadium.
The Poets have combined to total 411 yards of offense and a mere six points in their past three games as they drop to 2-6, 1-5 SCIAC.
Offense was tough to come by again for the Purple & Gold as they totaled 49 yards on the afternoon with 65 coming in the air and -16 on the ground.
CMS struck early in the first quarter following a short 13 yard punt from Kyle Kerlee (Denair, Calif.) as Shane Pico would run it in from a yard out after a 4-play 40-yard drive. On CMS' next possession they would find the end zone again but this time in the air with Trey Reynolds finding Andrew Scott from five yards out.
With 7:35 to play in the first quarter, Steven Rivera (El Monte, Calif.) would turn the ball over fumbling on his own 19 giving the ball back to the Stags, which then led to another Reynolds touchdown but this time to Patrick Dixon from 16.
Whittier would get the ball back with 4:51 to play in the quarter on their own 35 following an Andrew Segre fumble, which was recovered by Carl Bryan (Pomona, Calif.) but they would give it right back on downs on the ensuing series as Erek Brown (San Dimas, Calif.) would be stopped short of a first down on a 4th and 2 from their own 38.
With good field position to start the second CMS would capitalize with Reynolds finding Ryan Farney up the seam from 31 yards out that moved the score to 26-0 and would tack on another score with :16 seconds remaining in the quarter with Reynolds finding Trey Smith for a long distance strike of 19 yards capitalizing on another Rivera fumble.
In the second half CMS would add to their lead with a 36 yard field goal from Matthew Aven and a safety thirty seconds later with Rivera being sacked in the end zone that put the score to 37-0.
With 14:04 remaining in the fourth Whittier would finally put points up on the board with Eric Voss (Temecula, Calif.) knocking in a 42 yard field goal but that's all they would get as Aven would add another field goal for the Stags that put the finishing touches on the 40-3 victory.
Rivera on the day was 10-20 for 65 yards. Brown was the leading rusher with seven touches for 25 yards and Justin Vlahos (Bakersfield Calif.), led the receiving core with two catches for 20 yards.
Defensively, Whittier totaled 96 tackles led by Diego Villasenor (Linda, Calif.) who had 12 (8 solo, 4 assisted) followed closely by Austin Ford (Arcadia, Calif.) (4 solo, 6 assisted) and Sam Bettencourt (Downey, Calif.) (7 solo, 3 assisted).
Whittier returns home for Senior Day next Saturday, November 15 when they host Chapman University at 1:00pm.