WHITEWATER, Wis. -- Justin Jacobs threw for 188 yards and
three touchdowns to Derek Stanley, helping Wisconsin-Whitewater
advance to the NCAA Division III national championship game with a
58-6 victory over Wesley on Saturday.
The Warhawks (14-0) will face Mount Union in the Amos Alonzo
Stagg Bowl championship at Salem, Va., on Dec. 17 in their first
appearance in the title game.
"I thought about it and dreamed about it, but now it has become
a reality," Whitewater coach Bob Berezowitz said. "This is by far
the highlight of my career."
Justin Beaver ran for 185 yards and two touchdowns, while
Stanley finished with 135 yards receiving.
After a misplayed kickoff return, Wesley (12-2) began the game
on its 1-yard line. Then, on the first play from scrimmage,
Whitewater's Robb Widuch tackled Kevin Nelson in the end zone for a
safety 11 seconds into the game.
Jacobs threw a 13-yard pass to tight end Pete Schmitt to put
Whitewater up 9-0 at 8:55 of the first quarter. Nearly 3 minutes
later, defensive back Kyle Johnson intercepted Chris Warrick's pass
and returned it 18 yards for the score, making it 16-0.
Berezowitz said the early score set the tone for the rest of the
game, which was delayed by an hour due to workers removing
weather-related equipment from the snowy field.
"With the weather the way it was, two points at that particular
stage was huge," he said.
Jacobs hit junior wideout Derek Stanley with a pass from 18
yards out to make it 23-0 just 7 seconds into the second quarter.
Jacobs, who completed 10 of 23 passes, connected with Stanley
again, this time for 47 yards with 10:39 left in the second
Senior defensive back Vic Wipperfurth ended Wesley's next
possession with an interception, returning the ball to Wesley's 39.
Three plays later Beaver ran in from 13 yards out to make it 37-0
On Whitewater's second possession of the second half, Beaver ran
it in from 51 yards to extend the lead to 44-0.
Wesley's only score came in the third quarter, when Warrick
snuck in from 1 yard out.
On Whitewater's first play on its ensuing possession, Jacobs
threw a 70-yard scoring pass to Stanley, making it 51-6.
Mike Askren hit Lance Douglas with 39-yard scoring pass at 9:53
for the final margin.
Whitewater receiver Jim Lesczcynski said he was excited to play
"We played them twice and lost to them pretty handily both
times [44-21 and 40-17], and I wouldn't mind finishing off my
career playing this team," he said.