C Page -- Nov. 6, 2010

Drew Mixter

Oberlin Football

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After coming in on Oberlin’s third series, senior Joey Zebelian threw for 153 yards on 11-of-20 passing to go along with two touchdowns and two interceptions. 

For the second straight game it was the Yeomen defense that really came up big to preserve the win. Dane Stritt led the way with eight tackles – including one for a loss – and a forced fumble. 

The win gives the Yeomen their first set of back-to-back victories since 2007 when they finished 5-5. Oberlin, which will end the year with a 3-3 mark in conference play, will have a chance to match that 5-5 record in the season finale against Allegheny next week. 

The game’s first score came on the very first-play of the second quarter when Zebelian hooked up with Robin Witjes on 3rd-and-goal from the nine on a nicely executed wheel-route. The score capped off an 8-play, 80-yard drive that took 3:45 off the clock. Oberlin could have had points on their previous drive, but a deep ball from Josh Mandel to Adam Niec was dropped – whipping away a likely 82-yard touchdown. 

The Bishops (1-7, 1-4 NCAC) would make it a one-point game with 9:55 left in the opening half by going into the bag of tricks. OWU dialed up an end-around pass from David Walender to Dave Mogilnicki that caught the Yeomen off guard for a 30-yard scoring strike. The Bishops would miss the PAT.

In the closing minutes of the half Oberlin drove into Bishops’ territory down to the 26-yard-line, but on 4th-and-1 Zebelian was sacked. 

With the clock winding down, OWU took the ball down the Oberlin 42 yard-line, but on the final play of the half Eric Enrico picked off Mason Espinosa’s pass at the two-yard line and returned it 38 yards.

Following the intermission, the Bishops responded by taking the opening kickoff back 77 yards for the score. However, their two-point attempt failed making it 12-7 in their favor. 

The Yeomen wouldn’t trail for long as Mixter took the ensuing kickoff back 46 yards before finally being brought down at the Bishops’ 45. He then would run the ball four straight times for a total of 36 yards. A Richardson run down to the two, would eventually setup a two-yard TD reception by Ryan Harvey for the go-ahead score. 

After the touchdown OWU would run 14 plays that covered 55 yards, but have nothing to show for it as Nick Chilkov pushed a 27-yard field goal attempt wide right. 

Just inside the start of the fourth quarter a beautiful punt by Cory Kidd went out of bounds at the four-yard line. Following a run play for no gain on first down, the Bishops tried to run it again, but Clay Eaton busted through the line to disrupt the play and take down Acorye’ White in the end zone for an Oberlin safety. 

Unfortunately the Yeomen couldn’t do anything with the ball following the free kick as an errant throw by Zebelian was picked off by Leonard Gleaves. 

With 5:42 left to play, Oberlin came away with a big stop on 4th-and-2 from their own 34 to short-circuit any threat from the Bishops. 

Following a 52-yard punt by Kidd that was downed at the Bishops’ seven, OWU would get the ball back with 3:25 remaining, but with no timeouts. However, a dropped pass on 4th-and-3 effectively ended any chance of a comeback. 

After taking the ball over on downs, Oberlin almost gave the Bishops life as the hand-off exchange between Zebelian and Richardson was muffed, but luckily Richardson was able to fall back on the ball for the recovery. OC would run three more plays from there to crunch the clock and escape with the win. 

Oberlin ran 71 total plays and finished with 314 yards of offense, while the Bishops racked up 277 yards on 59 plays. However, OWU had just 28 yards on the ground. 

C.J. Plyler added his fourth interception of the season early in the first quarter.

The Yeomen will look to end the season on a three-game winning streak when Allegheny College comes to town next Saturday. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. from Savage Stadium. There will be a pre-game tailgate before the contest and it also is “Take a Kid to the Game” Day.

Spartan Women’s Soccer Drops Season Finale at No. 24 Rochester


ROCHESTER, NY – A first half goal by freshman forward Leah Levey (Columbus, OH/Bexley) could not carry the Case Western Reserve University women’s soccer team to victory on Saturday, November 6 as the Spartans dropped their season finale, 2-1, to the University of Rochester (NY).


With the loss, Case closes the fall with a 9-8-1 overall record and a 1-6 mark in University Athletic Association play. Rochester improves to 11-4-3 overall and 3-2-2 in conference action.


Levey put the Spartans on top with her sixth goal of the season in the 10th minute, and Case would hold that advantage through halftime.


Almost immediately after leaving the locker rooms, however, Rochester tied it in the second half on a penalty kick by Ellen Coleman in the 53rdminute. Just five minutes later, UR added another score off of the foot of Kathryn Rowe to give the Yellow Jackets a 2-1 advantage.


Freshman goalkeeper Kerry Martenis (Southgate, MI/Southgate Anderson) made her first start of the season and stopped four shots in goal.


The Spartans held the edge in shots, 13-10, while Rochester took four corners to Case’s two.  


Case Western Reserve’s nine victories tied last year’s mark as one of the best totals in school history.


Baldwin-Wallace Swimming & Diving Teams Beat and Tie Penn State Behrend 

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA – The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s swimming and diving team defeated visiting Penn State Behrend and the men’s team tied the Lions today (Saturday, November 6, 2010) in dual meet action in the B-W Natatorium in the Lou Higgins Center in Berea.

The B-W women won, 129-93, to improve to 1-2 overall this season, and the Yellow Jacket men tied, 119.5-119.5, and are now 1-1-1 overall.  The teams are back in action next weekend when they hostTransylvania (Ky.) University on Friday in Bere at 6:00 p.m. and then travel to Washington, Pennsylvania on Saturday, Nov. 13 to swim against Washington & Jefferson College at 1:00 p.m.
Avon High alumna Emma Gerdes

The Yellow Jacket women were led by freshman Angela Musille (Canton/ GlenOak) and freshman Emma Gerdes (Avon) as each swimmer won two events individually and swam on the winning 400-yard freestyle relay team.
GlenOak alumna Angela Musile

Musille, this week’s Ohio Athletic Conference Women’s Swimmer of the Week,  won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:36.86 and the 400-yard individual medley in 5:04.72. Gerdes won the 200-yard backstroke in 2:19.52 and the 200-yard freestyle in 2:08.99. In addition, sophomore Division IIIAll-American diver Julie Pinter (Broadview Heights/ Brecksville-Broadview Hts.) won the one-meter optional and one-meter voluntary diving events with 259.50 and 167.95 points, respectively.
Broadview Heights native Julie Pinter

The Yellow Jacket men were led by senior Division III All-American diver Todd Richert (North Royalton), senior Ryan Musille (Canton/ GlenOak) and freshman Patrick Donohoe (Columbus/ Bishop Watterson) as each won  a pair of events. Richert won both diving events with 289.30 and 182.34 points, respectively. Ryan Musille, this week’s OAC Men’s Swimmer of the Week, won the 100-yard free in 49.76 seconds and the 50-yard free in 22.47 seconds.  Donohoe won the 400-yard IM in 4:27.90 and the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:21.98.

Following its two meets next weekend, the B-W swimmers and divers host Ohio Athletic Conferencerival the University of Mount Union for a dual meet in Berea on Nov. 19 at 1:00 p.m.