It was far from perfect, but that’s part of what makes Wilmington College’s 14-10 win over Bluffton last Saturday so special.
Ending a 23-game losing streak, the Quakers didn’t dominate the Beavers. In fact, just the opposite. Bluffton outgained Wilmington 375 to 341. The Quakers turned the ball over twice and committed nine penalties.
But the Quakers found a way to win, something they hadn’t done since Week 7 of the 2012 season.
This week, Wilmington welcomes Capital University to Williams Stadium for the Ohio Athletic Conference opener for both teams. Kickoff at Townsend Field is set for 7 p.m. on Family Day at WC.
Nick Williams of Wilmington was named the OAC Defensive Player of the Week. The Fairview High School product had 12 tackles, five of them solos, in the 14-10 win. He had 1.5 tackles for loss, a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry.
Neither Wilmington nor Capital has played since Sept. 5. The Crusaders lost to nationally-ranked Wittenberg 38-27 at home.
Capital had 433 yards on offense, including 349 on the ground. The CU offensive line is led by East Clinton High School product Zach Bennington, a starting offensive guard.
Brent Walton rushed for 130 yards and three touchdowns for Capital.
Capital had just 84 yards passing.
Wittenberg had 342 yards through the air and 119 on the ground in the win.
The Crusaders used two quarterbacks in the loss — Zak Sheridan was 3-5 for 55 yards and Nick Iske was 4-10 for 29 yards.
A couple of Wilmington High School graduates helped the Quakers to their season-opening victory.
David Henry had 11 tackles on defense and Kyle Davis rushed for 80 yards on just 12 carries. Henry is a 5-11, 235-pound junior linebacker. Davis is a 5-9, 205-pound senior fullback.
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