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Otterbein Cardinals gets 2010 off to good start; rolls Husson 38-0

There’s not many times during a college football season in NCAA Division III, that a team travels 19-hours to play an opponent. Road trips usually are between 2-5 hours. But every once in awhile, teams will find an opponent that they haven’t played before and the two schools will play each other.

Otterbein QB Austin Schlosser

Otterbein LB Shane Centers

Such was the case on Friday night, when the Otterbein Cardinals traveled 19 hours by bus to Bangor, Maine to play Husson University in the opening game for the 2010 football season.

For those of you who might not be familiar with Husson University, it is a private college with 3,000 students. It was founded in 1898 as Shaw School of Business by Chesley Husson. The Eagles play in the North Atlantic Conference.

That 19-hour bus ride didn’t hamper the Cardinals at all, as they shut down Husson, 38-0.

Senior running back Colton Coy rushed for 166 yards and two touchdowns while the Cardinal defense limited the eagles to 116 yards of total offense, forcing four turnovers in the non-conference game.

Coy opened the scoring for Otterbein on its second possession of the game, a 4-yard touchdown run, which ended a 12-play, 85-yard drive and put the Cardinals up 7-0 at the 3:41 mark of the first quarter.

Colton Coy (20) running past Husson Eagles

Otterbein, ranked 20th by, scored on its next two possessions of the football, a pair of  scoring passes of six and 10 yards from junior quarterback Austin Schlosser to junior wide receiver Trey Fairchild and senior wide receiver Steve Kuzyk, respectively, to move the score to 21-0 at the end of the first half.

Coy was still a force to be reckoned with in the second half, breaking loose for a 19-yard run for a touchdown 24 seconds into the second half following an interception by Otterbein junior linebacker Shane Centers. The Cardinals led by a score of 28-0 with 14:36 to go in the third quarter.

Senior placekicker David Brewer added a 38-yard field goal and sophomore running back Brit Musal, who replaced Colton Coy midway through the fourth quarter, finished the scoring for the visitors with a 13-yard run.

Coy rushed the ball 27 times for 166 yards and two scores and also had a 32-yard pass reception.

Schlosser completed 14 0f 23 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns. Kuzyk led the team with six catches for 54 yards while Fairchild caught five balls for 81 yards.

Defensively, Otterbein held Husson to 70 yards rushing and 48 yards passing.

Otterbein has a bye on Saturday September 11 and will host 11th-ranked Ohio Northern September 18 in its Ohio Athletic Conference home opener. The Polar Bears opened 2010 with a victory of its own, 35-21 over Wisconsin-River Falls Thursday at home in Ada.

Portions of this article contains info from the Otterbein Sports Information staff

All photos courtesy of Otterbein Athletics

2010 Ohio Athletic Conference Football Preview: Ohio Northern Polar Bears picked second by coaches and media


Special thanks goes out to Ohio Northern sports information director Tim Glon for his assistance with photos

Columbus, Ohio — Everybody knows that Mt. Union is the kingpin in the Ohio Athletic Conference. But don’t count out the Ohio Northern Polar Bears.

The always-tough Polar Bears have been selected by both the coaches and media to finish second in the OAC behind the Purple Raiders. The coaches gave the Polar Bears 71.5 points and 1/2 first place vote. The media members gave them 299 points.

Dial-Roberson Stadium home of the Polar Bears (ONU)

Ohio Northern, located in Ada, which is not far from Lima, was founded in 1871 and has an enrollment of 3,600. They play their games at Dial-Roberson Stadium, which opened in 2004 and has a seating capacity of 3,500.

The Polar Bears are led by Dean Paul, a 1990 graduate of Mt. Union. He is used to winning and has brought that concept and instilled it into the program. The six-year records for ONU: 8-2, 8-2, 6-4, 7-3, 5-5 and 8-2.

At the OAC preview, Coach Paul said:

* they’ll return 7 offensive and 6 defensive starters.

* has big holes at linebacker, having graduated 3 of 4 starters.

* the secondary is very deep.

* the kicking game has holes.

The football team, who opens its season on September 2 against Wisconsin-River Falls in Ada, has very high hopes for 2010.

Not only are the Polar Bears well-thought of as far as the OAC media and coaches are concerned, but nationally they’ve been selected in several other polls to finish well. In Lindy’s Preseason Top 25, they are ranked 11th. In the USA TODAY College Football Preseason Top 25, ONU is ranked 13th. The Sporting News Preseason Top 25 has them ranked 11th. So there is reason for high hopes for the burnt orange and black.

Head Coach Dean Paul has instilled a winning attitude (ONU)

The Polar Bears finished the 2009 campaign ranked Number 13 nationally and are riding a 7-game winning streak. They were 8-2 overall, 7-2 in the Ohio Athletic Conference.

Dean Paul, in his seventh season, will welcome back 42 letterwinners and 13 starters from the 2009 team.

Northern has been nationally ranked in each of the last seven seasons and the 2010 team could again enjoy national level success.

On offense, Northern will be led by the senior tandem of All-American running back Brent Donley and All-Conference quaterback Kyle Simmons.

The offense will have a veteran receiving corps of Brook Crawford, Michael Busch, Ryan Fleming, Jay Priest and Jordan Chopp to give Simmons a variety of targets to throw to.

RB Brent Donley (ONU)

QB Kyle Simmons (ONU)

CB Eric Wentzler (ONU)

On defense, the Polar Bears return seven players in the secondary with starting experience, led by All-OAC senior free safety Jesse Richards and cornerback Eric Wentzler.

The special teams were outstanding last year and will feature All-OAC  return man J.J. Mihoci.

The Polar Bears did lose a key player through graduation, All-OAC kicker/punter Jake Heaphy, a 4-year starter.


* The ONU football team beat the Italian All-Stars, 63-6 in an exhibition game on May 29, 2010 in Pontemoli, Italy located in the sunny hills of Tuscany.

The Polar Bears rolled up 473 yards of total offense, 318 on the ground. They were led by QB Kyle Simmons 7 of 7 passing for 98 yards and 2 scores. RB Brent Donley 6 rushes for 94 yards and 2 touchdowns.

* Head coach Dean Paul is 42-18 in 6 years at Northern. His teams have finished 3rd or higher five times in six years.

* A high ranking of #7 in 2009 nationally.

* A #13 finish in 2009 nationally.

* They have 14 in a row upper division finishes in the OAC.

* ONU is one of only 11 nationally ranked teams to be ranked in 7 straight seasons, 9 of last 11 years.

* The program has had 37 All-Americans and 8 Academic All-Americans.