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Otterbein uses grinding rushing attack to beat Baldwin Wallace, 17-9

Cardinals ILB Austin Jones trips up BW QB Michael Slack (photo by Ed Syguda)

WESTERVILLE, Ohio—The Otterbein University football team used a strong rushing attack to defeat Baldwin Wallace University, 19-7, in an Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) matchup Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

The Cardinals (2-2, 2-1 OAC) outgained the Yellow Jackets (2-2, 1-2 OAC) in total yardage, 391-301, including winning the rushing battle, 265-138.

“I liked (the team’s) energy,” said Otterbein head coach Tim Doup. “After two losses like we’ve had, some teams can go in the tank, but we turned it around and we worked harder. They really engaged in what we were trying to do.”

Sophomore running back Drew Ervin set the pace with a career-best performance, rushing for 234 yards and one touchdown on 26 carries.

After both offenses stalled in the first quarter, Ervin jump-started the Cardinal offense with a 69-yard run down to the Baldwin Wallace 5-yard line early in the second quarter. Senior quarterback Ben Sizemore punched in a 5-yard run on the next play. The Cardinals didn’t convert the PAT due to a bad snap, making the score 6-0.

“Drew is a downhill runner,” Doup said. “In this kind of atmosphere, with the rain and the wetness, I thought we would be successful.”

The Yellow Jackets responded with a scoring drive of their own as junior quarterback Michael Slack scored on a 21-yard run to take a 7-6 lead with 9:16 remaining in the second quarter.

Baldwin Wallace threatened again soon after, reaching the red zone with five minutes left in the half. The Yellow Jackets couldn’t capitalize, fumbling at the 10-yard line with senior defensive lineman Zack Grieves recovering the loose ball.

Ervin then broke a 76-yard touchdown run, giving the Cardinals a 13-7 lead heading into halftime.

The Yellow Jackets botched another red-zone attempt in the third quarter, muffing the snap on a 25-yard field goal attempt.

Senior wide receiver Steven Carpenter set up the Cardinals final score with a 24-yard catch and run down to the Baldwin Wallace 10-yard line late in the third quarter. Sizemore then connected with junior Chester Deaton on a 2-yard touchdown pass. The 2-point conversion attempt was no good, keeping the score 19-7.

Sizemore finished the game 12 for 17 with 126 yards passing and one touchdown. Carpenter was his main target, catching six passes for 85 yards.

Senior linebackers Eric Mitchell and Wes McKeever and freshman linebacker Austin Jones totaled eight tackles each to lead the defense.

BW’s Slack was 16 for 23 with 114 yards passing and 65 yards rushing with one touchdown. Senior wide receiver Josiah Holt was the Yellow Jackets’ leading receiver with nine catches for 66 yards. Linebackers Dan O’Brien and David Flegal both recorded ten tackles for the Yellow Jackets.

Otterbein will travel next to Muskingum University on Oct. 12. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.



Otterbein loses 28-0 at John Carroll in OAC play

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio – A slow start was too much for the Otterbein University football team to overcome, falling to host John Carroll University, 28-0, in an Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) matchup Saturday.


The Blue Streaks (3-0, 2-0 OAC) outgained the Cardinals (1-2, 1-1 OAC) in total yardage, 327-228, including 218-106 in the first half, as Otterbein was shutout for the second time this season.


After both teams missed field-goal attempts on their opening drives. Blue Streak junior quarterback Mark Myers connected with freshman wide receiver Marshall Howell on a 20-yard touchdown pass to take a 7-0 lead with 2:30 left in the first quarter.


On the ensuing drive, the Cardinals muffed the snap on the punt, giving the Blue Streaks the ball at the Otterbein 10-yard line. Senior running back DaQuan Grobsmith capitalized moments later on a 3-yard rush as John Carroll pushed their lead to 14-0.


Grobsmith would reach the end zone again on the next drive, scoring on a 37-yard run to make it 21-0 before halftime.


In the second half, junior Brick Davis replaced senior Ben Sizemore at quarterback for the Cardinals, but the offense stayed stagnant on the first drive.


In the middle of the third quarter, Myers would hit Howell once again on an 11-yard score, pushing the lead to 28-0.


The Otterbein defense settled in for the remainder of the game and began to quell the Blue Streak attack, including an interception by junior linebacker Michael Greenwell. However, the Cardinal offense never managed to put together consistent drives.


The Cardinals best chance to score came after John Carroll muffed a punt return with 2:05 left in the third quarter, giving Otterbein the ball at the John Carroll 28-yard line. The Cardinals reached the 7-yard line before a holding penalty and a sack led to a 4th-and-goal at the 26-yard line, where Otterbein was unable to connect on a 43-yard field-goal attempt.


Davis finished with seven completions on 16 attempts for 84 yards, while Sizemore totaled 98 yards on 11 completions in 18 attempts. Senior wide receiver Steven Carpenter had four catches for 50 yards, while sophomore Connor Lucas had a team-high five catches for 40 yards. Defensively, freshman linebacker Austin Jones totaled a team-high 11 tackles, while senior linebacker Eric Mitchell had 10.


Myers finished with 23 completions on 40 attempts for 226 yards with two touchdowns and one interceptions. Howell was his main target with eight catches for 124 yards and two scores. The John Carroll defense totaled seven sacks.



Baldwin Wallace loses Cuyahoga County Gold Bowl Trophy to John Carroll, 27-7

BEREA, Ohio — The John Carroll University football team defeated Baldwin Wallace University, 27-7, in the annual Lee Tressel Shrine Classic, 25th Annual Battle for the Cuyahoga Gold Bowl Trophy and in the Ohio Athletic Conference opener for each team on Tressel Field at The George Finnie Stadium.
The game was tied at 0-0 after one quarter; the Blue Streaks led 17-0 at halftime and 20-7 after three stanzas. John Carroll outgained the Yellow Jackets, 368-183, including 258 yards through the air.
With its win, JCU  is 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the OAC. BW, now 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the OAC, plays Muskingum University next Saturday, September 28 in Berea. JCU’s win closes BW’s series advantage to 25-24-4 and 13-12 in Gold Bowl Trophy games.
JCU was led on offense by junior quarterback Mark Myers who completed 19-of-33 for 258 yards with one TD and one interception. His top target was junior wide Receiver Aramis Greenwood with seven catches for 80 yards. Senior RB DuQuan Grobsmith led all ball carriers with 115 yards in 29 attempts and one TD. JCU’s top tackler was senior linebacker Mitch Krotz with a game-high 15 tackles, including 3.5 for loss and one QB sack.
Offensively for the Yellow Jackets, sophomore RB Isaac Reed III (Lehigh Acres, Fla./ Lehigh) had 37 yards in 12 attempts. Through the air, a pair of QB’s completed just 5-of-13 passes for 49 yards with one TD and three interceptions.  The BW defense was led by junior cornerback Nelson Candelario (Cape Coral, Fla./ Island Coast) with 12 tackles, including one for loss.
The Blue Streaks opened scoring at the 11:49 mark in the second quarter as Myers hit senior wide receiver Alex Kline for a 12-yard touchdown pass and sophomore placekicker Kresimir Ivkovic converted the PAT to make the score 7-0. Kline’s TD catch capped a 12-play and 96-yard drive in 5:41.
John Carroll added to its lead with 18 seconds left in the first half as senior running back Randy Greenwood took the wildcat snap and ran in for a two-yard TD run and Ivkovic converted the PAT to make the score 14-0. Greenwood’s TD run completed a 9-play and 69-yard drive in 4:54.
After a BW fumble on the ensuing kickoff, Ivkovic added a 45-yard field goal as time expired to give the Blue Streak a 17-0 lead at intermission.
JCU opened second half scoring as Ivkovic added a 28-yard field goal at the 13:13 mark to make the score 20-0. The field goal capped off a nine-play and 13-yard drive in 0:44.
BW got on the board at the at the 8:46 mark of the third quarter as junior QB Kyle Ohradzansky (Avon/ Canton McKinley) hit junior wide receiver Kyle Dunne (Rocky River) for a nine-yard TD pass. Senior placekicker Chris Mohler (Kent/ Roosevelt) made the PAT to make the score 20-7. Dunne’s TD capped a 14-play and 75-yard drive in 4:27.
The Blue Streaks opened the fourth quarter when Grobsmith rushed 6 yards to the endzone and Ivkovic added the PAT kick to make the score 27-7. Grobsmith’s TD completed a 12-play and 89-yard drive in 4:50.
Next Saturday, BW hosts OAC-rival Muskingum University on Sept. 28 at 2:00 p.m. for Family and Community Day. The pregame picnic in the North Quad begins at 12:00 noon. For more information, please log onto our Alumni web site at
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Andrew DiMario stars but Polar Bears football team loses at #12 Heidelberg, 55-27 in OAC play

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Ohio Northern (1-1) 3 3 6 15 27
Heidelberg (2-0) 13 21 21 0 55
Tiffin, Ohio | Mayer Field
Ohio Northern Heidelberg
Pa: Patrick Angle – 178
Ru: Justin Magazine – 64
Rec: Matt Craven – 77
Pa: Michael Mees – 304
Ru: Cartel Brooks – 143
Rec: Donteea Dye – 126
TEAM STATISTICS Ohio Northern Heidelberg
Passing Yards 258 295
Rushing Yards 115 277
Turnovers 0 1
Time of Poss. 38:26 20:10

full stats

By Tim Glon

TIFFIN — Ohio Northern opened the Ohio Athletic Conference portion of its schedule with a 55-27 loss at No. 12-ranked Heidelberg Saturday afternoon at Mayer Field.

The Polar Bears fall to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in OAC play, while the Student Princes improve to 2-0, 1-0.

Northern struck first when sophomore Andrew DiMario connected on a 34-yard field goal attempt with just 1:31 gone in the game.

Senior Zach Runzo set up the score with an interception on the third play of the game.

Later, DiMario hit on a 28-yard field goal with 2:47 left in the half to pull ONU within 27-6.

Northern drove into Heidelberg territory on five of its first six possessions of the first half, but came away with only the two DiMario field goals.

Meanwhile, the Student Princes scored touchdowns on five consecutive possessions and led 34-6 at halftime.

“I thought we played pretty well early on, but just gave up too many big plays,” ONU head coach Dean Paul said. “We were inside their 30-yard line four times in the first half and only got six points. Then they hit some big plays and it got away from us.”

The Polar Bears were led by junior Patrick Angle, who completed 23-of-33 passes for 178 yards and a score.

ONU marched 73 yards in 11 plays on its first possession of the second half and scored on a 14-yard TD pass from Angle to senior Ryan Malone to pull with 34-12 four minutes into the third quarter.

But HU extended its streak of touchdown drives to eight possessions and put the game away in the second half.

Sophomore Connor Devine came off the bench to direct ONU on an 8-play, 81-yard drive. Sophomore Justin Magazine plowed over from 7 yards out for the touchdown and Devine hit sophomore Matt Craven for the 2-point conversion and ONU was within 55-20 with 7:04 left in the game.

He then hit Craven on a 14-yard touchdown pass with 2:06 left in the game to wrap up the scoring.

Heidelberg was led by Michael Mees, who completed 13-of-23 passes for 304 yards and TD passes of 12, 53, 20 and 73 yards.

On the ground, Cartel Brooks rushed nine times for 143 yards and two TDs and Bryan Lacey ran 10 times for 104 yards and a pair of scores for HU.

The Student Princes got on the board on their third possession of the game, marching 84 yards in 13 plays and scoring on a 12-yard pass from Mees to Ethan Kindle.

ONU marched to the HU 27-yard line on its next possession, but turned the ball over on downs.

Brooks busted up the middle and raced 73 yards for a score on the next play from scrimmage and HU led 20-3 with 9:39 left in the half.

HU out-gained ONU 572-373 in total offense.



National Football Foundation launches “Football Matters to Me” Campaign


NFF Board Members Jerry Jones and Jeff Immelt help kickoff NFF initiative to highlight the role of football in building leadership and character.


IRVING, Texas (Oct. 3, 2013) – The National Football Foundation (NFF) unveiled a new campaign tonight that encourages people to tell why football matters to them. The campaign, called Football Matters to Me, will provide people from border-to-border and coast-to-coast a voice in highlighting the positive impact that football has had on their lives by utilizing social media platforms and the hashtag: #ImAFootballPlayer. The campaign will encourage participation via a series of national television spots with high-profile former players who subsequently achieved remarkable success later in life.

The campaign was announced at the Omni Dallas Hotel during the NFF Leadership Hall of Fame induction of
Jerry Jones, the owner, president and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys. Jones, who attributes much of his success in life to his experiences as a college football player at the University of Arkansas, worked with the NFF to dedicate the proceeds from the event to help launch the campaign.

“I have been proud to serve on the National Football Foundation Board of Directors since 2007,” said Jones. “The organization represents a tremendous set of values, and its Football Matters campaign will provide an important platform for sending a powerful message about the lasting impact that our sport has had in the development of so many of our nation’s leaders. It’s a privilege to play a role in launching the project.”

“This campaign is an opportunity for all of us who care about football to recall the lessons learned from this great game,” said NFF Chairman
Archie Manning. “Over the years, numerous past players have asked the NFF for an outlet to express their passion for the game. This campaign will showcase the impact football has had on their lives, helping us to generate awareness for why football matters long after the games have been played.”

Tonight’s announcement premiered the first TV spot and testimonial, which showcased
Jeff Immelt, the Chairman and CEO of GE and a former offensive lineman at Dartmouth College. The commercial, produced by the Dallas-based The Richards Group, captures Immelt’s perspective on the value of his football experiences in running one of the world’s largest and most successful industrial conglomerates.

Click here to watch the 60-second Jeff Immelt commercial
Click here to watch the 30-second Jeff Immelt commercial

Multiple national media outlets have committed to run the spot in the coming weeks. The campaign will continue indefinitely with additional leaders coming forward to pay tribute to the game in subsequent TV commercials. The public service announcements will generate awareness for the campaign, hopefully encouraging people from all walks of life to share their football experiences as part of the social media component of the campaign.

“The goal of the campaign is to generate a strong understanding of how the values learned through football translate into success later in life,” said NFF President & CEO
Steve Hatchell. “There are no better examples of this perspective than Jerry Jones and Jeff Immelt. We are extremely thrilled to have their backing and participation in tonight’s launch. The entire football community thanks them for their leadership.”

The campaign’s dual approach of highlighting the game’s greatest leaders while also engaging ordinary people in expressing their perspective will create a powerful combination that highlights football’s unique ability to shape character, build integrity and develop leaders. The stories captured by the campaign will document the impact football has had on people’s lives, providing an opportunity to tell why football matters to them.

“This campaign is not designed to raise money or sell merchandise,” said Hatchell. “It’s really not an advertising campaign at all. It’s a movement. A movement to ignite the passion we have for the game and to remind people that football goes beyond fantasy leagues, Friday night lights, Saturday tailgates and Sunday afternoons. This movement is an opportunity for everyone who has played the game to tell the story of how football has impacted their life.”

Individuals can get involved in the effort by simply posting their football stories and explaining how its life lessons have helped them off the field. Whether it’s a Tweet, a few sentences on a Facebook page or a video link, individuals can tell their football stories, and by using
#ImAFootballPlayer, their testimonials will become part of the Twitter feed on the NFF homepage ( The NFF, working with The Richards Group, will aggregate the posts and measure the impact.

“We are extremely excited about this campaign,” said Manning. “It gives people an opportunity to take an active role in giving back to the game.  Providing people a platform to express the positive impact that football has had on their lives is a great way to protect and grow the game for future generations. We are grateful for everybody who has played a role in today’s launch, especially Jerry Jones and Jeff Immelt.”


Jeff Immelt, the Chairman and CEO of GE and a former offensive lineman at Dartmouth College.

Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl “Red” Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 121 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include the College Football Hall of Fame, the NFF Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments, Play It Smart, the NFF Hampshire Honor Society, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association, and scholarships of more than $1.3 million for college and high school scholar-athletes. The NFF presents the MacArthur Bowl, the William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, and releases the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Standings. NFF corporate partners include the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the BCS, Fidelity Investments, Herff Jones, Liberty Mutual, NCAA Football, and Under Armour.  For more information, please visit


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