WILMINGTON – Still seeking its first league win, the Wilmington College Fightin’ Quakers travel to Marietta College for an Ohio Athletic Conference game 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Pioneers have had just one winning season since 2007 and that was last year’s 6-4 mark. Marietta won 21 games from 2007 to 2016.
The increase, though, has been steady under Andy Waddle. Following an 0-10 campaign in 2012, the Pioneers turned to Waddle to replace Jeff Filkovski.
Waddle’s win totals have been 1-2-2-3-6 and now 5-0 this season.
Wilmington has had its share of struggles since going 7-3 in 2000, the school’s first football season in the OAC. Wilmington has 29 wins since 2001 but only four wins in the past eight seasons.
The Quakers have struggled in the conference. Last year’s win over Capital ended four years of 0-9 in OAC play. Since 2010, the Quakers are 2-74 in conference play.
This season, Wilmington is 1-4 overall and 0-4 in the OAC after dropping a 63-7 decision to No. 1 Mount Union last week. Marietta is coming off a 38-34 win over Heidelberg.
For what it’s worth, Marietta is the top offense in the OAC. The Pioneers average 488.4 yards per game while Mount Union sits at 487.4 yards.
Wilmington, on the other hand, averages 332.6 yards per game.
The Pioneers average 5.7 yards per rush while the Quakers are at 3.3 yards per attempt.
In the red zone, Marietta has 13 touchdowns on 19 trips. Wilmington has 8 touchdowns on 19 trips.
Wilmington is the least penalized team in the OAC with 24 in five games.
The Pioneers, however, have given up 479.8 yards per game and stand one place behind Wilmington who gives up 430.4 yards per contest.
Marietta has 11 sacks and 11 takeaways. Wilmington has just 5 sacks and eight takeaways.
On the scoreboard, Marietta scores 42.6 points per game and Wilmington scores 21.8.
Wilmington is 5-13 against Marietta since joining the OAC prior to the 2000 season. The Pioneers have won the last five meetings.