Unbeaten Marietta no problem with Wilmington 63-21


MARIETTA – Marietta College scored at least two touchdowns in each quarter in a 63-21 victory Saturday over the Wilmington College football team in Ohio Athletic Conference play.

The win improves the Pioneers to a perfect 6-0 and 5-0 in league play while the loss drops the Fightin’ Quakers to 1-5 overall and 0-5 in the conference.

Marietta, which features the second-best offense in the OAC (trailing only No. 1 Mount Union), took the opening kickoff and marched 64 yards in six plays, capped by a 15-yard Tanner Clark touchdown rush. A Wilmington three-and-out as well as a short punt followed, and two plays later, Darrien Fields found Robert Nelson for an eight-yard touchdown pass.

Trailing 14-0, Wilmington embarked on a 19-play, 93-yard drive that took up more than 11 minutes off the clock and ended with a three-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Barrett to Luke Richardson.

The Quaker defense could not stop the Pioneers on either of their final three drives of the first half. Fields connected with Nelson for a 37-yard touchdown on the final play from scrimmage in the first half to send the hosts into the locker room with a 35-7 advantage.

Wilmington opened the second half with a quick score as Barrett again found Richardson, this time for a 71-yard touchdown strike. Marietta had the answer, however, scoring on its next two drives to put the game out of reach.

The Pioneers outgained the Quakers 505-365, including 235-112 on the ground. Both teams were nearly even in the passing department as Barrett threw for 253 yards for Wilmington and Fields and Kyle McSweeney combined for 270 yards for Marietta.

DJ Chambers was Wilmington’s leading rusher with 57 yards on 16 carries. Luke Richardson hauled in four passes for 99 yards and two scores.

Defensively, Tre’Quez Parks notched 10 tackles while Parris Weathersby and Royon Washington both had nine to lead Wilmington. Kyle Ackley and Weston Trampler combined for a sack.

Wilmington returns home to face Baldwin Wallace University Saturday. Kickoff from Townsend Field is set for 1:30 p.m.

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