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Ryan Tentler accounted for 404 yards of total offense and three touchdowns on Saturday.
by: David S. Williams
Tentler Leads Hatters to Homecoming Win, 26-13
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  11/09/2013
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DeLAND--Ryan Tentler passed for 296 yards and rushed for 108 more to lead Stetson to a 26-13 Homecoming victory over Davidson before an overflow crowd of 6,544 on Saturday at Spec Martin Memorial Stadium.

The win snaps Stetson’s seven-game losing streak and gives the Hatters their first-ever Pioneer Football League victory.

“Obviously I am very pleased with not only with us winning, but how we won,” said head coach Roger Hughes. “We got behind, we came back and we found a way. I told the kids this week that our motto is six for 60. Six full seconds every play for 60 full minutes and we did that today.”

Tentler was 24-of-31 passing, including a pair of touchdowns. He also rushed 17 times and scored once, on an 85-yard run late in the third quarter.

Overall, the Hatters collected a season-high 520 total yards on offense. Stetson rushed for 224 yards, getting 4.8 yards per carry for the game.

“We have the athletes to do this all year, its just we are slowly getting to where we are supposed to be,” said Tentler. “When we actually do things that we practice this is the result. We could have scored more points tonight. We had 26 points but we should have had 50.”

After a scoreless first quarter, Davidson opened the scoring when David Rogers broke free for a 49-yard touchdown run with 4:07 left before halftime. The Wildcats failed on a two-point conversion and led 6-0.

James LaGamma kicked a 40-yard field goal with 10 seconds left in the half to get Stetson on the board. Davidson led 6-3 at halftime.

Stetson opened the scoring in the second half when Tentler connected with Austin Marks on a 15-yard touchdown pass with 9:53 left in the third quarter. The two point conversion failed and Stetson led, 9-6.

Two possessions later, Stetson faced a first-and-10 at its own 15. Tentler kept it and ran around the left end for 85 yards and a score, the longest play from scrimmage this season for the Hatters. The extra point was good and Stetson led 16-6 with 1:43 left in the quarter.

But for the second week in a row, Stetson’s kick coverage team had a let down following a Hatter score. Following Tentler’s run, Davidson’s Garret Diehl took the kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown, cutting the lead to 16-13 with 1:28 left in the third.

But the Wildcats never threatened again.

After the teams traded punts, Tentler marched the Hatters down the field again with a pair of long passes. On first and 10 from the Stetson 37, Tentler connected with Terrance Burt on a 41 yard completion, and on the next play found Darius Chapes wide open in the front corner of the end zone. The extra point gave Stetson a 23-13 lead with 10:06 left in the game.

LaGamma capped the scoring with a 25-yard field goal with 3:39 to play.

While Stetson’s offense was piling up the yards, the Hatter defense was holding Davidson in check. The Wildcats gained just 286 total yards and quarterback Jonathan Carkhuff was harassed all day. Carkhuff completed just nine of his 27 pass attempts for 164 yards and was sacked four times, a season-high for the Stetson defense. Donald Payne (2.5) and Dave Lazear (1.5) combined on the sack total.

“I thought our defense played extremely well and we basically shut them down with the exception of a couple drives,” said Hughes.

Payne led the defense with 10 tackles, while also breaking up a potential scoring pass on fourth down midway through the first quarter. Ryan Powers and Davion Belk each had six tackles.

Tentler spread the ball around, completing passes to 11 different receivers. Darius McGriff led the way with five receptions for 66 yards, while Mike Yonker had four catches for 75 yards. Chapes had three catches for 32 yards and a score, while Austin Marks, Nick Lasala, Chris Crawford, and Jerami Singleton each had two receptions.

A.J. Washington rushed eight times for 62 yards in support of Tentler’s effort.

Overall, the Hatters set or tied 12 season highs, including first downs (24), total plays (78), rushing yards (224) and passing yards (296).

The Hatters resume Pioneer Football League play when they visit Jacksonville, 1 p.m., Saturday, November 16.


TEAM NOTES
--Stetson secured its first Pioneer Football League victory of the season.
--The Hatters were a perfect 4-4 in fourth down conversions, while Davidson went 0-3.
--Stetson converted on 24 first downs during the contest while Davidson managed just 10.
--The Hatters controlled the ball for a total of 38 minutes and eight seconds, compared to the Wildcats 21:52 of possession.
--SU compiled 520 total yards of offense, marking the fifth time this season it has racked up at least 300 and the first time it has surpassed the 400-yard plateau.
--Stetson recorded at least three sacks in a contest for the fourth time this season and for the second straight week.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES
--QB Ryan Tentler threw for at least 200-yards in a game for the third time this season and for the second straight week, his 296 vs. Davidson are his most all season, surpassing the 279 he threw for against Birmingham Southern, (Sept. 21).
--Tentler’s 85-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter was his longest of the season and Stetson’s longest play of scrimmage in 2013.
--Tentler’s 111 total rush yards on Saturday were a season high, surpassing the 67 he ran for at Butler, (Oct. 5).
--DB Donald Payne broke up his team-leading 10th pass on a fourth and goal in the Hatter end zone midway in the first quarter.
--Payne set a new career high for sacks in a game with his two and tackles for a loss with 3.5.
--WR Austin Marks caught his first career touchdown, on a 15-yard pass from Ryan Tentler early in the second half.
--Marks’ 22-yard catch late in the first quarter was his longest reception of the year, eclipsing his 19-yard reception at Butler, (Oct. 5.)
--FB Mike Yonker caught his second pass of 50-yards or more this season, with a 50-yard reception from Tentler mid-way through the second quarter.
--Kicker James LaGamma tied his season long boot, with a 40-yard field goal in the final seconds of the first half, making him 2-4 from 40 or more yards this year.
--LaGamma attempted a season high four field goals Saturday and tied his season best for field goals made with two.
--WR Darius McGriff reeled in a season long 47-yard reception off of a pass from Ryan Tentler midway through the third quarter, surpassing his previous best 27-yard catch vs. Birmingham Southern, (Sept. 21).
--WR Terrance Burt reeled in his longest catch of the season, a 41-yard pass play midway through the fourth quarter.
--RB Darius Chapes caught his first touchdown pass of the year, coupled with season highs in receptions (3) and yards (32).
--WR Darius McGriff tied his season high for receptions in a game with five, a feat he has accomplished three times this season.



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