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Cardinals Nolder, Green-Lauber feted with OAC Weekly honors

Greg Nolder

Luke Green-Lauber


AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – The Otterbein University football program has garnered a pair of weekly honors from the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) after its first win of the season, announced by the league office Monday afternoon.

Sophomore linebacker Greg Nolder was voted Defensive Player of the Week after a standout game, while senior punter Luke Green-Lauber received Special Teams Player of the Week following another impressive performance.

Nolder (Zanesville/Tri-Valley) spearheaded a strong defensive effort in just his second career start, helped the Cardinals secure an 18-10 victory over Muskingum during a rain-soaked day at Memorial Stadium. He finished the afternoon with 10 tackles, a sack for a safety, a key interception at the goal line and also forced a fumble while covering a punt.

His first-career interception came in the opening quarter, halting a Muskingum drive that saw 3rd and 5 inside the 10. The forced fumble occurred less than two minutes later while covering a punt, allowing lineman Anthony Andrews to hop on the ball, which led to Otterbein’s first offensive touchdown. Nolder’s sack in the end zone then occurred early in the third quarter to put the Cards ahead 11-3.

Green-Lauber (Columbus/Whetstone) had himself a day with the special teams unit, helping Otterbein control the field-position battle with nine total punts for 343 yards. He averaged 38.1 yards per attempt as Otterbein punted a few times from across midfield, with LGL placing five of those inside the 20 and a pair settling at the 1-yard line. Both of those kicks ultimately led to safeties for the defense.

Green-Lauber, a returning All-OAC selection who now ranks top-15 nationally with a 41.3 net average, had a long punt of 55 yards on the day. He also had to chase down a high snap over his head early in the second quarter.

Ohio Northern All-American running back Christiaan Williams was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Week after 218 yards and three touchdowns against Capital. He surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for a third-straight season.



Cardinals finally get first win despite rainstorm, 18-10 over Muskingum

WESTERVILLE, Ohio – The Otterbein football program has weathered its share of storms this season, and fittingly persevered through one more Saturday afternoon to pick up its first win of the season throughout a rain-soaked day at Memorial Stadium.

The Cardinals, playing back at home for the first time in five weeks, held on late behind a strong defensive effort to emerge with an 18-10 triumph over Muskingum as the skies parted.

Logan Pharmer


  • Both teams threw interceptions in the opening quarter, including sophomore linebacker Greg Nolder giving momentum back to Otterbein with a pick at the goal line.
  • The Cards took a 7-0 lead after another turnover sequence when Nolder forced a fumble while covering a punt. That ultimately led to a 10-yard scoring pass from Logan Pharmer to Dom Ross.
  • Punter Luke Green-Lauber pinned Muskingum at its own one-yard line in the second quarter, and the defense delivered a safety on a combined stuff from Brayden Stark and Austin Torr. The Muskies did make one field goal in the period but a second attempt was blocked by Niall Lewison off the edge just prior to halftime.
  • Nolder gave the Cards another safety to begin the third quarter on a sack in the end zone, and Otterbein used that field-position to then go 56 yards in just five plays. A long pass to Jacob Leonardi led to a rushing score around the right side from Jordan Bost-Floyd.
  • Muskingum made it a one-possession game early in the fourth quarter, and appeared to have scored another TD on a throwback pass late before a pair of flags. A holding call, followed by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, erased the 26-yard play.
  • The Muskies eventually had a 4th-and-Goal at the 4-yard line before a TFL from Jacob Tiell halted the sequence. Matt Webb scampered nine yards for a game-clinching first down shortly thereafter.


  • Otterbein gets back in the win column against Muskingum after last season’s disappointing 21-14 loss in the closing seconds. The Cards had won 14-straight meeting prior to that.
  • Green-Lauber pinned five of his nine punts inside the 20, including two at the 1-yard line. He entered the week ranked 11th nationally in net average (42.1).
  • Tuchow led all players with 11 tackles while Nolder had 10 stops, one sack for the safety, a forced fumble and interception.
  • Otterbein won despite being outgained 353-189. The Cards were +2 in the turnover battle and had nine tackles for loss on defense.




Blue Jackets recall Kole Sherwood from Cleveland Monsters




COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled right wing Kole Sherwood from the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, as well as assigned left wing Jakob Lilja to the AHL team, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.


Sherwood, 22, became the first Columbus-area native to play for the Blue Jackets when he made his NHL debut last season on February 16, 2019 at Chicago and recorded 10 hits and two shots on 9:16 of ice time in two games.  He has notched 19 goals and 10 assists for 29 points with 87 penalty minutes and a +3 plus/minus rating in 68 career AHL games with the Monsters, including 3-1-4, 14 penalty minutes and a +2 plus/minus rating in 10 outings in 2019-20.

Kole Sherwood


The New Albany, Ohio native was signed by the Blue Jackets to a three-year, entry level contract on July 7, 2015.  The 6-1, 212-pound winger played three seasons with the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets organization from 2012-15.


Lilja, 26, made his NHL debut in the Blue Jackets’ 2019-20 season opener on October 4 against Toronto and has collected 0-2-2 and 11 shots, while averaging 8:45 of ice time in 10 appearances.  He registered his first NHL assist on October 16 vs. Dallas.


The Malmo, Sweden native posted 48-51-99 with 71 penalty minutes and a +14 plus/minus rating in 222 career Swedish Hockey League contests from 2012-19.  He set career highs in assists and points with 12-25-37 in 52 appearances with Djurgardens IF in 2018-19.  The winger signed a one-year entry level contract with the Blue Jackets on June 15, 2019.


The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they host the Calgary Flames.  Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET.  The game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports Ohio and the FOX Sports Go app.  Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with the “Blue Jackets Live” pre-game show.  The game will also be broadcast on the Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including flagship station Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan.


Single game tickets for all home games played at Nationwide Arena during the 2019-20 regular season are on sale now.  Full and partial season tickets for the Blue Jackets’ 2019-20 campaign are also currently available for purchase.  Information on all ticketing options can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting




Dayton Flyers hosts Cedarville Yellow Jackets in Men’s Basketball today at newly renovated UD Arena


Flyers’ First Collegiate Foe Makes Its First Visit To UD Arena

DAYTON – The University of Dayton Flyers host the Cedarville Yellowjackets men’s basketball exhibition action on Saturday, Nov. 2.


Game time is 5 p.m. ET.  Doors open at 3 p.m. ET.


Dayton and Cedarville have played 28 times in men’s basketball competition games, with the last meeting during the 1949-50 season.  Cedarville is also believed to be the first intercollegiate opponent in Dayton basketball history.  The two schools first played a men’s basketball game in the final contest of the 1904-05 season.


The game will be carried by WHIO Radio.  Live streaming audio and stats will be available at



The University of Dayton is wrapping up a $76.2 million renovation of its Arena. The transformation of University of Dayton Arena occurred in three phases – from 2017 to 2019 – and is being completed in time for UD Arena’s 50th anniversary season.

The Arena is an iconic community resource with an economic impact of upwards of $10 million annually. In addition to Flyer men’s and women’s basketball games, high school tournament games and the NCAA First Four, it is used for competitions such as the Winter Guard International World Championships, entertainment events, large-scale educational seminars and as a staging area for community projects.

UD Arena has been the site of 125 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament games, 48 more than any other tournament host.



•    Dayton returns three starters – Obi Toppin, Jalen Crutcher and Ryan Mikesell.  The Flyers also return senior Trey Landers, who has career 51 starts under his belt, and sophomore guard Dwayne Cohill, who played in all 33 games as a true freshman.

•    UD adds five veteran redshirts in 2018-19.  Guard Jhery Matos was an injury redshirt last year.  The other redshirts are newly eligible transfers from four-year schools – Rodney Chatman (Chattanooga), Chase Johnson (Florida), Jordy Tshimanga (Nebraska) and Ibi Watson (Michigan).

•   Big man Moulaye Sissoko from Lincoln Academy in Georgia is the only true freshman on the roster.

•    Toppin is on the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Karl Malone Award Watch List (#VoteForObi).  The Malone Award goes annually to the top power forward in the college game.  Toppin was also named First Team Preseason All-Atlantic 10 in October.

•    Point guard Jalen Crutcher was named Second Team Preseason All-Atlantic 10.



•    The Flyers host Indiana State on Saturday, Nov. 9 to open the 2019-20 season.

•    Game time is 7 p.m. ET.




Capital hosts Otterbein in The Battle of Columbus!

The Cardinals have dressed four different quarterbacks this season, but freshman Logan Pharmer has emerged as the favorite snap-taker. The 5-8, 175-pound signal caller has 728 passing yards, six touchdowns, and four interceptions. Otterbein quarterbacks have been sacked 17 times by opposing defenses. The run game hasn’t been quite there to support its young quarterback. Matt Webb leads the ground game with 276 yards and one touchdown, but Luke Schmeling is the man finding the end zone most often with five scores on the ground. Wide receivers Dom Ross and Reed Tucker each have three touchdowns and combine for 574 yards receiving. Niall Lewison is most active around the ball on the defensive side with his team-leading 71 tackles and two blocked kicks. Nick Cipriano and Greg Nolder share the team lead with 3.0 sacks each. Otterbein is scoring 19 points per game while allowing an average of 35.1 points per contest.
… the Cardinals and Crusaders engaged in another classic battle to the end. In the cold and soggy fall weather, both offenses were slowed and defense made the headlines of the Capital win. Capital first got on the board with a blocked PAT that turned into two CU points when LB Kole Carter returned the loose ball 98 yards the other way. The Crusaders took the lead on a trick play when WR Dar Stanford hit fellow receiver Wyatt Pertuset in the back of the end zone to take a 9-6 advantage. The teams traded the lead three times leading into the game-deciding score inside the last minute of the fourth quarter. Marking down the field slowly but surely, QB Thomas Wibbeler whittled four minutes off the clock before hitting WR Dar Stanford on a 31-yard streak pass in the end zone for the eventual game-winning touchdown. The game was far from over at that point as Otterbein marched down the field and set itself up for a chance to win the game on the final play of the game. However, Otterbein was stopped at the goal line when its quarterback fumbled the snap, picked it up but was stopped behind the line of scrimmage as time expired to give Capital the 23-19 win at Memorial Stadium.
Nothing says rivalry like a dead heat in the all-time series standings. Capital has a slight edge in the historic rivalry, 45-44-3. Both sides have alternated wins over the last four years, and since Head Coach Chad Rogosheske came to town the Crusaders are 2-1 against the Cardinals. Both wins were at Memorial Field in Westerville.
Capital fell to the Ohio Northern University Polar Bears, 49-0, in Ada, Ohio. Capital was held to just 131 yards of total offense while the Polar Bears compiled 474. ONU RB Christiaan Williams ran for 218 yards and three touchdowns on 25 totes, while QB Anthony McFadden tossed for 185 yards and three touchdowns. Capital freshman Justin McClelland took the reigns at quarterback midway through the game, and also served as Cap’s leading rusher after running for 46 yards on 12 carries. David Barnett returned to the lineup on limited time and made two catches for 17 yards. Senior LB Kole Carter led the team with a career-high 15 tackles and forced one fumble. Junior LB Blayde McCully also set a new career high with his 14 tackles.
Sophomore Kameron Lee was primed to be an offensive weapon this year, but he has also become a valuable asset in the kicking game, as well. Over the last three games, Lee has assumed the punting duties for Cap and has done well in those situations. Against John Carroll (10/12) he punted five times after taking over midway through the game and pinned the opponents inside their 20 twice. He also booted a 65-yard punt, the longest of his career. Against Mount Union (10/19) he punted a career-high 10 times for 362 yards (36.2 ypp) with a long of 48. Twice, he induced fair catches. He has now punted 23 times and averages 39.9 yards per kick.
Sophomore Mike Smith quietly made a position switch in the offseason. Smith came to Cap from Ohio Dominican University (Division II) as a safety but missed much of his first year due to injury. He returned to camp and made the switch to wide receiver. After his game against Baldwin Wallace, we’d say it was a successful one. Smith elevated up the depth chart after an injury to David Barnett took him out of the game. Smith went on to lock on with QB Mitch Machock and made six catches for 68 yards, his longest a 21-yard strike. He has led Capital in receiving in three of the last four games. Over that time he has posted 15 catches for 124 yards and at least four catches in each game. He was held without a catch against Ohio Northern (10/26). He has a season line of 16 catches and 143 yards.
Capital has been looking for its replacement under center and has had three different players take snaps this season. Junior Andrew Ray began the season as QB1. Junior Mitchell Machock played in the opener as well, and then supplanted Ray on the depth chart for Week 2. However, Machock’s climb to the top was stalled by an injury sustained in the first half of the Marietta contest. Freshman Justin McClelland has taken snaps in four games and played significant time against ONU last weekend.. Machock returned against BW on Oct. 5 and started against JCU. Here are their breakdowns through three games in 2019:
Machock: 58-131-541-2-7 (23)
Ray: 40-69-352-1-7 (24)
McClelland: 10-28-64-0-2 (15)
While Capital’s record may not be what was desired coming into this week, need we remind you that last year the Crusaders finished the 2018 season with three straight wins to end the season? Capital lost seven straight but after a 49-46 loss to Ohio Northern, Cap rattled off wins at Otterbein (23-19), vs. Wilmington (38-17), and at Muskingum (33-28). They can very well do the same in 2019!
Senior WR David Barnett made seven catches for 89 yards against Marietta (9/14) in the home opener and came back with an 11-catch, 100-yard day against Heidelberg. Following the Marietta game, he surpassed Keith Willike ’88 (2,389) for second on the CU all-time receiving yards list.  Barnett enters this weekend with 186 catches for 2,547 yards and 26 touchdowns. He also ranks second all-time in touchdowns caught and receptions. Barnett did not make a catch before exiting the game at Baldwin Wallace (10/5) due to injury. He did not play against John Carroll, Mount Union or Heidelberg. He returned to the lineup last week at Ohio Northern where he made two catches for 17 yards.
Senior WR David Barnett is also quickly approaching some Capital career receiving records. Barnett is:
100 from becoming #1 all-time in Capital receiving yards
16 receptions away from becoming #2 in all-time catches, and 17 catches away from becoming #1
4 touchdown catches away from becoming #1 all-time in a career
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