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D-III program turning things around

What a difference a year can make.

Last season, Whittier College (CA) finished 2-7 and ended the season ranked 102nd nationally in total offense, out of 239 D-III teams (according to the NCAA stats site).

Through their first six games of this season, the Poets have already eclipsed their win total from 2011 and sit at 3-3 with a high powered, and balanced offensive attack that ranks 7th nationally (521 ypg) while also ranking in the top 36 in rushing offense (36th - 217 ypg), passing offense (20th - 304 ypg), and scoring offense (30th - 37 ppg).

Back in February of 2011, Todd Stratton was hired as the assistant head coach / offensive coordinator, and was promoted to the interim head coaching role back in March of this year. Stratton has done an impressive job in that interim role, including a 41-27 win this past weekend over Claremont-McKenna, a program that they hadn't beaten in 8 years.

The signature win marked the first time that Whittier had won back to back games in six years and was the first time that the Poets finished with a .500 record in the month of October over that same time period.

Whittier hopes to continue their success and finish their season on a high note, as they face the last three teams on their schedule, who currently have a combined record of 9-9 (Cal Lutheran, Occidental, Redlands). One more win would give them the same amount of wins that they collected over the previous two seasons. 

In his first season, Coach Stratton has helped bring the program to heights that it hadn't seen in a number of years, and looks to have the Poets turning the corner.

 

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