Plenty on the line as WC heads to Bexley Saturday


Capital to celebrate Homecoming against Quakers

By Mark Huber - [email protected]



Alijah Fleming (34) gets after Otterbein’s quarterback during last week’s 32-26 Wilmington College victory.

Alijah Fleming (34) gets after Otterbein’s quarterback during last week’s 32-26 Wilmington College victory.


John Swartzel | News Journal

Riddle me this, Quaker football fans.

When was the last time a Wilmington College football team got off to a 3-1 start?

Heck, let’s make it the last time a Wilmington College football won three games in a season?

OK, that’s easy. It was 2019 when Bryan Moore led WC to a 3-7 record with all three wins against OAC rivals.

But for that 3-1 start, that’s a different story.

You’ll have to jump in the Way-Back Machine with Mr. Peabody and Sherman and travel to the year 2001. Clinton County Sports and Wilmington High School hall of famer Mike Wallace coached the Quakers to wins over Alma, Muskingum and Otterbein with a loss to Baldwin-Wallace 38-35 in the second game of the year.

So there is plenty on the line Saturday afternoon when 2-1 Wilmington goes on the road to meet winless Capital University. Kickoff from Bexley is set for 1:30 p.m. Digital ticketing will be used for the contest. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets ahead of game time through a link on WC football home page.

Wilmington has won the last three meetings with Capital but is just 5-17 against the Comets since joining the OAC prior to the 2000 season.

Over the last 21 seasons, Wilmington has failed to have a winning record in a given campaign. That 2001 edition of Quaker football went 5-5.

The record since 2001 is 32-163 under eight head coaches.

The last winning season was 2000 when Wallace and Co. went 7-3 in the school’s first foray into the OAC.

Wilmington is 1-1 in the OAC this season, losing to BW 13-12 and winning in come-from-behind fashion last week against Otterbein 32-26.

As a result of that win over the Cardinals, WC junior Zac Schmidt was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week. Other accolades went to junior Lathan Jones who was named the OAC Offensive Player of the Week.

Capital will hope to use the Quakers as Homecoming fodder this week while searching for its first win of the season.

Alijah Fleming (34) gets after Otterbein’s quarterback during last week’s 32-26 Wilmington College victory.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/09/web1_WC3_AlijahFlemingJS-1.jpgAlijah Fleming (34) gets after Otterbein’s quarterback during last week’s 32-26 Wilmington College victory. John Swartzel | News Journal
Capital to celebrate Homecoming against Quakers

By Mark Huber

[email protected]

Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, via email [email protected] or on Twitter @wnjsports

Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, via email [email protected] or on Twitter @wnjsports