Story Contributions Courtesy of the Denison & Kenyon Sports Information Departments
As has been the case for most of the 2017 NCAC football season, the North Coast was once again well represented on the D3football.com Team of the Week, this time getting representation from Denison junior free safety Ryan Zinkula (Northbrook, IL/Loyola Academy) and Kenyon junior wide receiver Ian Robertson (Aliso Viejo, Aliso Niguel) for their performances on the gridiron last weekend.
Zinkula intercepted Wooster quarterback Gary Muntean twice and posted eight tackles (five solo) and one pass breakup in DU's 36-26 win over the Fighting Scots. Muntean entered the game as one of the nation's most efficient passers, checking in with a 28-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Both of Zinkula's interceptions came in the pivotal fourth quarter which sparked 20-straight points for the Big Red. After DU took a 22-14 lead early in the fourth, Wooster's offense took over. On the second play of their drive, Zinkula intercepted Muntean and returned it 42 yards, setting up the Denison offense on the Wooster five-yard line. Two plays later, Denison took a two-touchdown lead. His second interception with 1:50 to play in the game locked up the victory for the Big Red.
Robertson caught seven passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns in a narrow 37-32 home loss against DePauw. His receiving yard total was the second-best, single-game output in Kenyon history. He came up 36 yards shy of the record of 279 set by Chris Myers during a game against Centre College in the 1969 season. Robertson's touchdown catches, which all occurred in the first half, went for 37-, 79- and 85-yards. For the season, Robertson has 72 catches for 976 yards and 12 TDs. Those numbers all rank in the top-ten in the Kenyon record books, while his 12 touchdowns are just two short of the single-season record, also set by Myers in 1969.
The 2017 NCAC football season will conclude this Saturday with five games on the schedule, led by Witteneberg looking to wrap up the oturight league title with a 1:00 p.m. home kickoff against Wooster.