Kicker’s Corner: Inside the Huddle
Senior Kyle Wigley totaled a career-high 184 rushing yards against McDaniel.
By Jared McCully, Contributing Writer
“Run Wigley, Run!” is how one could summarize Gettysburg’s ground heavy 45-17 victory against the McDaniel College Green Terror. The Bullets came into the game looking to continue their undefeated season and their current tie for first place in the Centennial Conference.
Week in and out it appears that several players have breakout performances that push Gettysburg’s momentum towards victory. This week’s top Bullet was senior tailback Kyle Wigley who had a career day, rushing for 184 yards and scoring two touchdowns, while also earing the honor of being the Centennial Conference player of the week.
Gettysburg started the game off with the first ten points from a 21-yard field goal from senior Robby Fay and a Wigley 7-yard touchdown run. Senior Brian Calatozzo later earned his fifth interception, to lead the nation in Division III in the pick department. Unfortunately, the Bullets offense got stumped and could not find the end zone for much of the second quarter.
The Green Terror tried taking advantage of Gettysburg’s inability to score and tied the game after senior Mike Casper’s 35-yard field goal and a 45-yard touchdown reception for first-year Tayahd Campbell from sophomore quarterback Matty Callahan. The Bullets were not willing to go into halftime tied and Kyle Wigley darted his way to the end zone on a 60-yard run to give the Bullets a 17-10 lead going into the locker room.
In the third quarter the Bullets came out ready to put the game away with a 21-yard touchdown pass from senior Sam McDermott to senior Kevin McCarthy and later connected with junior Jordan Kelso for a 25-yard touchdown. McDermott added to his undefeated record as a starter by finishing with 13-of-17 for 171 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Although McDermot had a great day running, the Gettysburg rushing game shared success on all fronts with senior Paul Lowry adding a pair of rushing touchdowns. Senior James O’Rourke and sophomore Ryan Thompson each also added 40 yards a piece on the ground to bring the Bullets to a total of 381 yards.
With full control in the second half, the Bullets closed the game out on their terms.
The Bullet’s JV squad also had a strong showing against McDaniel, defeating the Green Terror 27-6 on Monday October 5 with a strong overall showing from the entire team.
In their pursuit to keep their undefeated record alive, the Bullets continue to improve their game each week. First-year defensive linemen Donovan Bennet sees, “a vast improvement on the defense’s consistency, but we still haven’t reached our full potential.” Whatever that full potential may be will certainly excite Gettysburg fans.
The Bullets will have a week to recover with their upcoming bye, but are preparing for their next opponent, Centennial Conference foe Muhlenberg College (3-2, 2-2 CC), on Homecoming Weekend. The game will be on Ocober 17 at 1 p.m. at Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium.
With five games to go in the regular season we will see if there is enough ammunition in the Bullet’s game to carry them into the postseason.