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UW-Whitewater cruises past St. Norbert in Division III playoff opener

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WHITEWATER, Wisconsin (per UWWsports.com) -- The No. 5 ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater football team combined a punishing rushing attack with an opportunistic defense Saturday for a 48-0 victory over St. Norbert in the first round of the NCAA Division III Playoffs on a snowy Perkins Stadium turf.

UW-Whitewater rushed for a season-high 412 yards, its most since a 413-yard performance on Oct. 23, 2010, at UW-River Falls, and forced five turnovers by the Green Knights (10-1).

Senior running back Jordan Ratliffe paced the rushing attack with 17 carries for 159 yards and a touchdown. Freshman running back JarrodWare contributed 13 carries for 91 yards and a score, and freshman quarterback Canton Larson tallied five carries for 74 yards and a touchdown.

Junior quarterback Chris Nelson threw just six times in the contest, completing four passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for a score.

Senior linebacker Justin Dischler posted a team-high eight tackles, while junior linebacker Paul Foster recorded five stops, including one sack, and forced a fumble. Junior defensive lineman Tim Regan registered two of the Warhawks’ four sacks.

Senior defensive back Ryan Winske ran an interception back for a touchdown for the second straight game. Junior defensive backs Vince Mason and Mickey Morgan also had an interception apiece.

The Warhawks (10-1 overall) advance to the tournament’s second round, where they’ll face sixth-ranked Wheaton (Ill.) next Saturday at a time and location to be determined.

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