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Tartans victorious over Kenyon College Lords

Junior running back Robert Blanks cuts through the defense on a sweep. (credit: Celia Ludwinski/Operations Manager) Junior running back Robert Blanks cuts through the defense on a sweep. (credit: Celia Ludwinski/Operations Manager)

Junior running back Patrick Blanks was the star in last Friday’s game, leading the Tartans to a 35–14 victory over the Kenyon College Lords.

Blanks scored his first of three touchdowns on the opening play from scrimmage on a 56-yard run. The next scoring drive started with 6:24 left in the first quarter when the Tartans went 47 yards, ending with a six-yard run by junior fullback Jake Nardone to bring the Tartans’ lead to 14–0.

Junior Nick Karabin recovered a fumble early in the second quarter, leading to two big passes by sophomore quarterback Rob Kalkstein to sophomore wide receiver Tim Kikta to move the ball downfield. Blanks would finish the drive with his second touchdown of the night, a five-yard run.

At the end of the first half, after a 22-yard connection from Kalkstein to Kikta, Blanks scored his third touchdown on a 10-yard run to give the Tartans a 28–0 halftime lead.

The Lords scored to open the gates in the second half, after a 46-yard touchdown drive.

The Tartans quickly responded, scoring on a Kalkstein pass to first-year wide receiver Timothy Swanson for a 26-yard touchdown pass.

In the fourth, the Lords would score once more, driving 80 yards to score a touchdown.

Blanks had a career night, scoring three touchdowns on 147 yards rushing. Nardone added 122 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown. Kalkstein was 9 for 17 on a career-high 197 passing yards. Sophomore linebacker Eric Rolfes, who recorded 11 tackles, led the defense in this victory.

The now .500 Tartans, with a record of 2–2, will face Hiram College on Saturday, Oct. 1 in Hiram, Ohio. Last season, the Tartans clobbered Hiram, 62–31. Tartan fans can only hope for the same result.