There’s nothing quite like football gameday on a college campus. After two games on the road, the Wilmington College football team will finally open its home schedule 2 p.m. Saturday against Muskingum.
The game at Williams Stadium is the centerpiece of the school’s annual homecoming festivities.
“I think we came out strong with a good energy level (last week) against Ohio Northern,” WC coach Bryan Moore said. “I hope at home we can keep that (energy) longer, ride the excitement of the crowd.”
Wilmington is 1-1 on the year. Muskingum is 1-2, having lost to Marietta 46-20 last week and Ohio Northern 42-14. The lone Muskingum win came in the opener against Waynesburg 31-24.
“Their defensive line is extremely good, one of the most under-rated D-lines in our conference,” Moore said. “We’re going to have to do a great job of possession, not wasting downs. Their quarterback is, like every quarterback in the conference, a problem.”
Moore said his young squad is a little banged up following last week’s game with the Polar Bears. “They are a real physical team,” the WC coach said.
Moore said his squad was prepared and played hard against ONU but the inexperience was simply too much to overcome.
“We were a different team culture-wise from where we were a year ago,” he said. “What we were afraid of is our youth having to play so many snaps against an experienced team really caught up to us.
“All the lessons that we should be learning from that experience moving forward will accelerate that learning curve.”
WC quarterback Kyle Barrett averages 264 yards passing through two games while throwing four touchdowns.
On defense, Tre’Quez Parks, Dusty Lykins and Kyle Ackley are the tackle leaders for the Quakers. Weston Trampler, a Clinton-Massie graduate, leads Wilmington with four tackles for loss and four sacks.
Wilmington trails the all-time series with Muskingum 11-7. The Muskies have won the last nine games. The last WC win against Muskingum was a 22-20 win on Oct. 11, 2008.
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