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Closing time: Where each ONU fall sports team stands down the stretch

Oct 15, 2017 - Comments: 0

There are two weeks until ‘Championship Week,’ when the OAC Tournaments for volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer take place, the ONU men’s and women’s cross country teams run in the OAC Championship meet, and the football team heads toward the end of their regular season (although their last game isn’t until Nov. 11).

This means that it’s time to evaluate where each ONU fall sports team stands coming down the stretch, and which games, meets or matches might play a pivotal role in determining their place in the conference.

Read below for a team-by-team breakdown:

 

Northern faces defensive test in home opener

Sep 15, 2017 - Comments: 0

Two weeks ago, as the mid-Michigan sunset tinted Adrian’s Docking Stadium orange, Ohio Northern found itself in an all-too-familiar scenario.

After the Polar Bears led 21-16 heading into the fourth quarter, Adrian running back Emmanuel Stewart scampered into the endzone just two minutes into the period to take the lead.

ONU lost three games in the fourth quarter in 2016, resulting in a disappointing 5-5 finish. It had been on their mind all offseason. This couldn’t be happening again, could it?

How a decision made by Jason Trusnik's high school coaches spurred his NFL career

Sep 07, 2017 - Comments: 0

Rob Rardin was mad.

No, in the coach’s words, he was pissed.

It was August of 2001 and the Nordonia High School football team was grinding through two-a-days. Rardin, then the team’s head coach, had given his defensive staff a task.

“I got with my coaches, and I had a very young staff, and I said, ‘I want to know where we can play Jason Trusnik,’” Rardin said. “He’s too good of a kid to not have a position for.”

ONU, Adrian have hostile history to settle

Aug 31, 2017 - Comments: 0

There are a lot of uncertainties in season openers, especially when the two teams playing have not faced each other in an official game since 1989.

What will this team throw at us? How will they defend us as opposed to other teams? How different will they look in person versus on film?

There is one question that won’t have to be answered on Saturday night, however, in Ohio Northern’s season opener against Adrian (Mich.). When it comes to the tone of Saturday's contest, one thing will be certain.

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