WILMINGTON – The 2018 regular season came to a bitter end for the Wilmington College football team Saturday, as the Quakers fell to visiting Otterbein, 34-24, at Townsend Field in Ohio Athletic Conference action.
Wilmington ends the season at 1-9 and winless in the Ohio Athletic Conference. Otterbein closes out the year at 2-8 overall.
The game was actually a tale of two halves, with the Quakers getting off to a fast start, before the offense seemed to go away in the second half, and the visitors countered with 21 unanswered points to claim the victory.
Wilmington electrified the crowd with a 75 yard kickoff return by Clinton-Massie graduate Luke Richardson to open the contest and reached the end zone when DJ Chambers capped the drive from a yard out. Tyler Butcher’s PAT gave the locals a 7-0 lead. Otterbein answered with a touchdown, the first of four by running back Dakota Smith, but a botched snap on the extra point enabled WC to hold the lead at 7-6.
Chambers got his second touchdown of the contest, an 87 yard run on the next drive, with Butcher’s PAT giving WC a 14-6 advantage. Yet another big play, this one a 65 yard punt return by Richardson, gave the Quakers a 21-6 first quarter lead.
From there it was all Otterbein.
Wilmington had an end zone pass intercepted and managed a 33 yard field goal by Butcher but were outscored 28-3 after the first quarter lead.
The Quakers could not contain the Cardinal rushing attack, led by Smith who accumulated 203 yards and four touchdowns on 39 carries. Otterbein had 392 yards total offense, including 233 yards rushing on 53 attempts.
Wilmington managed a total of 292 yards in total offense, but had 165 yards on the ground on 25 attempts.
Barrett completed 18 of 35 pass attempts for 127 yards. Itika Wynn Jr. had six catches for 67 yards. Richardson had a pair of receptions for 10 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, top performer for the Quakers was Tre Quez Parks with 13 tackles and Parris Weathersby had an interception.
Prior to the kickoff, the five graduating seniors were honored, Gino Hinton, Malik Pettiford, Zach Zurface, Kyle Ackley and Saul Boysel.
November 10, 2018
Otterbein 34 Wilmington 24
WC-Chambers, 1-yd. run. Butcher PAT good at 14:14.
Ott-Smith, 10-yd. run, PAT kick failed at 8:41.
WC-Chambers, 87-yd. run, Butcher PAT kick good at 1:57.
WC-Richardson, 65-yard punt return touchdown. Butcher PAT kick good at 0:04.
Ott-Hall, 2-yd. run. Hoyle PAT kick good at 10:03.
WC-Butcher, 33-yd. field goal good at 10:47.
Ott-Smith, 1-yd. run. Hoyle PAT kick good at 6:30.
Ott-Smith-9-yd. run. Hoyle PAT kick good at 0:44.
Ott-Smith, 32-yard run. Hoyle PAT kick good at 10:37.
Bill Liermann covers college and high school sports for the News Journal. Follow him on Twitter @lierjet