Case football wins at Waynesburg; Ian Kipp of Mentor throws another TD pass

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Sep. 10—Case Western Reserve's offense got on track Sept. 10 on the road at Waynesburg in a 45-31 victory — a game that continues to give glimpses of the potential of backup quarterback Ian Kipp of Mentor.

The Spartans improved to 1-1 with 470 yards of offense — 211 rushing and 259 passing with 29 first downs.

Starting quarterback Drew Saxton was efficient as he was 21 of 27 passing for 189 yards and rushed for three short TDs. Kipp provided fireworks off the bench for the second straight week. In the season opener vs. Johns Hopkins, Kipp threw for a TD and ran for another.

Against Waynesburg, he completed his only pass of the game to NDCL product Noah Coyne for a 70-yard touchdown. Kipp also contributed to Case's rushing attack with 46 yards on seven attempts.

The Spartans built first-half leads of 14-0 and 21-3 before Waynesburg closed to within 21-17 in the third quarter. Case then scored 10 straight points to push the lead to 31-17, but the home team wouldn't go down quietly.

A Justin Flack 1-yard TD run with 6 minutes to play made it 31-24. On the next possession, it took Case one play —Kipp to Coyne for 70 yards — to extend the lead back to 14.

Saxton's third TD of the game on a 1-yard run with 19 seconds remaining in regulation clinched the win for the Spartans.

Other standouts for Case were Riley Knurek (nine receptions, 93 yards) and running backs Antonio Orsini (18 carries, 83 yards) and Avon Lake grad Gage Duesler (8 attempts, 39 yards, two TDs).

Mentor grads D.J. Wolf and Marco Toth led the Case defense. Wolf, a safety, made a team-high 12 tackles — 10 solo — and Toth made five stops with two sacks and a pass broken up.

The Spartans next play Sept. 17 at home against Washington & Jefferson in a 7 p.m. kickoff.