CRAWFORDSVILLE – A week earlier, he was helping to contribute to a Wabash blowout with his seven tackles which included a pair of quarterback hurries and a tackle for loss.
On Saturday, Grant Klembara found an entirely different way to contribute to a decisive victory.
With injuries to the running back position piling up, Erik Raeburn turned to the junior linebacker to play running back and he delivered with a team-high 162 yards rushing along with a touchdown in a 48-7 win over Kenyon Saturday afternoon at Hollett Little Giant Stadium.
Led by Klembara, Wabash jumped out to a 24-0 first half lead and never looked back as they improve to 6-0 on the season and stay in first place in the North Coast Athletic Conference. The junior from Dallas, TX gained that yardage on just eleven carries.
For the afternoon, the Little Giants gained 311 yards on the ground while their defense allowed just 66 yards of rushing in another strong performance. So far this season, Wabash has held all of their opponents to at or under 14 points.
Sophomore running back Anthony Stella actually got the scoring started when he scored from two-yards out on the opening drive to put the Little Giants up 7-0. Quarterback Michael Putko went to the air for the team’s next score in the second quarter, hitting Jon Laird for a 14-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-0.
Klembara then made his name known on the next drive as he took a delayed handoff 50-yards down field to the Kenyon one-yard-line. He finished the drive with a one-yard plunge on the next play to make it 21-0. Ian MacDougall added a 35-yard field goal to cap the first half scoring and put the Little Giants up 24-0.
Putko went to the air in the second half for two more touchdowns, hitting Houston Hodges and Laird for scoring plays to add to his 217 yard passing day. Backup running back Matt Gibson put a cap on the victory with a 50-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter.