Locals on the pro, collegiate gridiron


By Mark Huber - mhuber@civitasmedia.com



Led by Quinten Rollins’ NFL debut Sunday, it was a busy weekend for former Clinton County athletes on the collegiate football field.

Rollins, a rookie with the Green Bay Packers, was credited with a special teams tackle during the Packers 31-23 win over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

The 2010 Wilmington High School graduate made the tackle on a second quarter kick return by the Bears after the Packers tied the game at 10-10.

This week, Rollins and the Packers will host the Seattle Seahawks 8:30 p.m. Sunday night at Lambeau Field. The game will be televised by NBC.

Other Clinton County alumni:

TRAVIS DAUGHERTY: A red-shirt sophomore at Ohio University. He is a 2013 graduate of Clinton-Massie High School. The 6-1, 202-pound linebacker recorded the first sack and forced fumble of his career against Marshall. Both firsts came on the same play in the third quarter to stop the Thundering Herd in the red zone and help propel OU to the win.

Daugherty played in nine games last year and had eight solos among his 20 total tackles. He had a career-high seven tackles last year against Marshall.

OU, who opened the season with a 45-28 win over Idaho, will host Southeast Louisiana 2 p.m. Saturday in Athens.

TRENT SMART: A red-shirt sophomore at Ohio University. He is a 2013 graduate of Clinton-Massie High School. The Bobcats are 2-0 after a 21-10 win over Marshall Saturday. Smart was credited with two assisted tackles for OU. The 6-3, 249-pound defensive lineman was credited with a career-best three tackles against Marshall in 2014. He played in seven games last season.

OU, who opened the season with a 45-28 win over Idaho, will host Southeast Louisiana 2 p.m. Saturday in Athens.

BAYLE WOLF: A sophomore linebacker for the Army West Point Black Knights. A 2014 graduate of Clinton-Massie High School, Wolf had two assisted tackles in Army’s 22-17 loss to the University of Connecticut this past weekend. Army is 0-2 with a couple of close losses, including a 37-35 loss to Fordham in the opener. Wolf’s first collegiate game was the annual Army-Navy game in 2014.

Army will host Wake Forest Noon Saturday at West Point. The game will be televised by the CBS Sports Network.

ZACH BENNINGTON: A junior offensive guard for Capital University. The Crusaders opened their season Sept. 5 against nationally-ranked Wittenberg and lost 38-27.

Capital will travel to Wilmington College for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Townsend Field in the Ohio Athletic Conference opener for both teams.

Bennington, a psychology major, is a 6-6, 290-pounder who started 10 games last year and helped Capital finished with 296 yards rushing per game, seventh best in the nation among Div. III schools. In the opener against Wittenberg, Bennington and his fellow offensive linemen paved the way for 349 yards on the ground.

KYLE DAVIS: A senior fullback for Wilmington College. Davis, the Wilmington High School graduate, had a team-best 80 yards rushing on just 12 carries in a 14-10 win over Bluffton Sept. 5. He also caught one pass.

Davis, who transferred to WC from Thomas More College, played in nine games for Wilmington last season and rushed for 158 yards

DAVID HENRY: Henry, another WHS grad, had seven solo tackles and was credited with 11 total stops for the Quakers in the season-opening win against the Beavers. He had one tackle for loss and a quarterback hit.

A 5-11, 235-pound junior, Henry played in 10 games last season for WC and finished with 32 solos and 59 total tackles. He had nine tackles for loss, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble in 2014.

JOSH LOUD: A 5-7, 160-pound freshman, Loud is a cornerback for Wilmington College. He did not record any statistics in Wilmington’s first game this season.

JT LYKINS: A Wilmington High School graduate. He is a 6-2, 200-pound freshman wide receiver for the Quakers. He did not record any statistics in Wilmington’s first game this season.

By Mark Huber

mhuber@civitasmedia.com

Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports.

Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports.