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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Football team again put up big points for the fifth straight game but faced a tough match-up with Cal Lutheran University falling 60-34 at William Rolland Stadium.
The Purple & Gold are averaging 30.6 points per game over their last five games but have found it tough on the defensive end as they again allowed over 500 yards of total offense and at least 45 points.
The Poets remain winless on the season at 0-6, 0-4 SCIAC but have showed major improvements every week. Miguel Avina (Indio, Calif.) for the second straight contest has put up big numbers this time totaling 288 yards, which included 273 passing, and a career high four touchdowns.
Chance Trammell (Chico, Calif.) led the rushing attack with 87 yards and a touchdown averaging 4.3 yards per carry. Hakim Williams Jr. (Riverside, Calif.) had his breakout performance of his career hauling in four catches for 170 yards and two touchdowns with a long being of 70. Bryson Sanders (Manteca, Calif.), though being kept to just three catches for 35 yards added two touchdowns as well bringing his total on the season to six.
Cal Lutheran opened up the game scoring on their first four possessions going out in front 25-0 after the first quarter. The Poets stopped the bleeding to start off the second as Avina found Williams Jr. who stretched the seam for a 70 yard hook-up. After a 12-yard run by Beeson on Cal Lutheran's next possession, Avina found Sanders that got the Poets within three scores. Cal Lutheran started the second half with a scoring drive again with Beeson running it in this time from a yard out. But the Poets responded with their own drive after a big 27-yard kick-off return from Drew Lewis (Turlock, Calif.) going 52 yards on 7-plays, capped off with a 5-yard run by Trammell.
At the end of the third quarter the Poets stopped a deep run by the Kingsmen as they went 12-plays covering 67 yards but on 3rd and 5 from the WC 18, Nickolas Perez (Shafter, Calif.) stepped up big with a pick on the 4-yard line giving the ball back to the Purple & Gold.
On their ensuing series, Whittier would go the length of the field covering 96 yards on nine plays, which covered 4:01, which included a 35 yard hook-up Avina to Williams Jr. and a 25 yard connection to Moises Gonzalez (Long Beach, Calif.). These two big plays helped setup a Sanders 12-yard touchdown catch.
CLU responded with another score right after but again WC wouldn't go away quietly as Williams Jr. was again found by Avina this time from 37 yards out that kept the Poets in striking distance. But on the very next series for CLU, they would ice the game with a 61-yard drive as Eli Peters would run it in from 41-yards out.
On kick-off returns, Jovan Bea (Santee, Calif.) grabbed five of them and totaled 84 yards averaging 16.8 yards a return. Darius Anthony (Santa Clarita, Calif.) led all tacklers with 18 (6 solo/12 assisted) and was joined by Nicholas Markarian (Chino Hills, Calif.) who added 14 (6 solo/8 assisted).
Whittier has an off week due to the cancelation of the Homecoming Football game against Occidental. Their next game is next Saturday, November 4 against Redlands on the road beginning at 7:00pm.