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Tartan football beats Kenyon College 17–10

Tartan safety Brandon VanTassel blocks a pass by the Kenyon College Lords in their 17–10 win Saturday. (credit: Yihuan Zhou/Photo Staff) Tartan safety Brandon VanTassel blocks a pass by the Kenyon College Lords in their 17–10 win Saturday. (credit: Yihuan Zhou/Photo Staff)

It was 63 degrees and partly
cloudy in Gesling Stadium as
the Carnegie Mellon football
team recorded its first home
victory against the Kenyon
College Lords, 17–10. With the
win, the Tartans move to 2–2
for the season.

Carnegie Mellon won the
coin toss and chose to receive.
Sophomore Patrick Blanks recovered
the kickoff and moved
the ball to the 37-yard line. Just
five minutes, 73 yards, and 10
plays later, sophomore running
back Jake Nardone completed
a 12-yard touchdown to
put the Tartans at 7–0.
At the start of the second
quarter, Carnegie Mellon faced
two penalties and was unable
to push the ball past the Kenyon
17-yard line. With 12:52
on the clock, senior Elliot Carnevale scored a field goal and
expanded the Tartans’ lead
to 10–0. The score remained
the same over four possession
changes. With less than a third
of the quarter left, junior running
back Chris Garcia rushed
the ball 26 yards to the Kenyon
3-yard line, resulting in a first
down. Garcia completed the
job and ran a 3-yard touchdown
with just 3:14 left on the
clock. Kenyon responded two
minutes later by kicking a field
goal from the 27-yard line to
change the score to 17–3. An
interception by sophomore
Nick Karabin put the ball into
Carnegie Mellon’s possession
again just 23 seconds before
the second quarter ended.

Only five minutes into the
next quarter, the Lords’ Bradley
Couts ran a 4-yard play to
finalize the score at 17–10. The
Tartans were able to maintain
a strong defensive front for
the remainder of the game
and bring home their second
win of the season. Senior Mike
Shedlosky and Karabin were
leaders on the defensive front,
bagging 13 and 11 tackles, respectively.
Leading the way on
the offensive side was Garcia,
who recorded 104 yards on
the ground, followed by Nardone
with 56 yards.

“I think we played well,” junior
Andrew Medenbach said.
“We have some corrections to
make, but we played with intensity
the whole time. That is
what we need to do to win and
keep winning.”

The Tartans resume play
next Saturday when they take
on the Hiram College Terriers
at 2 p.m. at Gesling Stadium.