WINAMAC | There's no question that the Whiting Oilers are a very good football team.
But every team has a weakness and Winamac found it, exploiting the Oilers' defense for 343 rushing yards and five touchdowns for a 41-20 win Friday night. Tyler Katschke rushed 29 times for 199 yards and four touchdowns in the win.
Whiting was in the game until the fourth quarter, when penalties mounted and the Oilers faced a third-and-50 deep in their own territory. After a short completion, Whiting was forced to punt, and Winamac ran out the clock to seal the win.
The Oilers trailed 28-14 at halftime despite opening the game with a successful onside kick. Whiting was unable to score on that first possession, and Winamac went ahead on Katschke’s first touchdown run.
Just over a minute later, Ethan Young answered with a 10-yard touchdown run, but Katschke responded with back-to-back scores. Whiting quarterback Alec Veloz hit Martin Petruf for a 20-yard touchdown pass five minutes later, only to have Winamac answer with a 20-yard touchdown run from Levi Schultz to close out the half.
The third quarter was scoreless for eight minutes until Branden DeGroote scooped up a Whiting fumble and ran 60 yards for a Winimac touchdown. Mitch Alecia caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Veloz with just over a minute to go in the quarter before Katschke went 42 yards for his fourth and final touchdown of the night.
Veloz went 20-for-36 through the air for 231 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Petruf had seven receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown and Keegan Rooke had six catches for 74 yards.
Penalties hurt the Oilers all night. Whiting was flagged 11 times for 100 yards, including three unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on one play in the fourth quarter when head coach Jeff Cain was ejected.