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ONU hosts Marietta for homecoming

The ONU Football Team prepares to take on Marietta for the Homecoming season. (photo/ Jose Nogueras)

The Ohio Northern football team will host the Marietta Pioneers on Saturday as a part of the homecoming festivities in Ada this weekend.

The Polar Bears (2-3, 1-3 OAC) come into this game after a loss to Baldwin-Wallace last weekend. The game featured career days from Junior Patrick Angle and sophomore Devon Price, but it was not enough as Baldwin Wallace downed Ohio Northern 38-17 in an Ohio Athletic Conference football game on Saturday afternoon at George Finnie Stadium.

The Polar Bears fall to 2-3 overall and 1-3 in OAC play, while the Yellow Jackets improve to 3-2, 2-2 in the OAC.

Angle completed 28-of-47 passes for a career-high 317 yards and Price had career-highs of 10 receptions and 143 yards to lead ONU.

Baldwin Wallace used the big play, scoring three times on plays of 56 yards or more in the contest.

Senior Josh Cantrell and junior Dillon Kwiat led the ONU defense with 13 tackles each.

The Polar Bear defense also collected four interceptions on the day.

Josiah Holt ran 15 times for 184 yards and TD runs of 72, 56 and 5 yards to lead BW.

"I was proud of the way we kept battling today," ONU head coach Dean Paul said. "We gave up too many big plays early in the game and dug ourselves a hole. We kept playing hard and had a shot to get within one score in the fourth quarter, but consistency held us back. Hopefully the success we had in the fourth quarter will build some momentum and carry us forward the rest of the year." 

Ohio Northern struck quickly as Angle scored on a 5-yard run just 1:22 into the game.

Freshman Cody Cox intercepted a pass on the rst play of the game, setting ONU up at the BW 25-yard line.

BW tied the game at 7-7 with 5:07 left in the opening period on a 72-yard run by Holt.

Holt broke free again early in the second quarter, scoring on a 56-yard run with 13:14 left in the rst half to go ahead 13-7.

BW went ahead 16-7 on a 34- yard eld goal by Chris Mohler with 3:56 minutes left in the rst half.

Mohler tacked on a 36-yard eld goal with four seconds left in the half to give BW a 19-7 advantage. 

Holt scored his third touchdown of the day on a 5-yard run with 4:20 left in the third period and BW's lead was 25-7.

Sophomore Andrew DiMario pulled ONU within 25-10 with a 22-yard eld goal at the 1:43 mark of the third quarter.

But the Yellow Jackets answered immediately, going 45 yards in four plays and scoring on an 8-yard run by Nolan Sordyl and it was a 31-10 game with 20 seconds left in the third.

The Polar Bears then marched 89 yards in 10 plays and scored on a 1-yard run by sophomore Justin Magazine to pull ONU within 31-17 with 12:29 left in the game. 

Northern got the ball right back and drove 73 yards in 14 plays, but turned the ball over on downs at the BW 16-yard line.

BW put the game away with an 80-yard touchdown pass from Michael Slack to Kevin Johnson with 4:17 left in the game.

Northern drove inside the BW 20 yard line in each of its nal four possessions, but came away with just 10 points.

BW out-gained ONU 478-405 in total offense.

The Marietta Pioneers come into this game on Saturday without a win, going 0-5 overall and posting a 0-4 record in the OAC. 

Playing its third straight nationally ranked opponent, touchdowns. Junior Tommy Michaels took over in the second half and rushed for 170 yards on 13 carries including a 97-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

The Homecoming loss dropped the Pioneers to 0-5 on the season and 0-4 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. John Carroll improves to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in league play.

The Blue Streaks took the opening kickoff and marched down the eld in nine plays to take a 7-0 lead when senior DaQuan Grobsmith dove in from a yard out. The drive covered 79 yards and took just 3:13 off the clock.

Grobsmith finished with 177 yards on 18 carries and three touchdowns. Junior Tommy Michaels took over in the second half and rushed for 170 yards on 13 carries including a 97-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. 

Defensively, the Blue Streaks forced four Pioneer turnovers and limited Marietta to 262 yards of total offense. Junior linebacker Choe Samba picked off a Marietta pass and returned it 77 yards to paydirt.

Junior quarterback Mark Myers completed 15-of-23 passes for 141 yards and three touchdowns. He was intercepted once.

Marietta got on the board with 1:40 left in the game. Sophomore quarterback Axten Franzoy bullied his way into the end zone from a yard out. The score was just the second touchdown the Blue Streaks have allowed this season.

Freshman Roger Bush had a nice game off the bench for the Pioneers. Bush carried the ball 16 times for 93 yards rushing.

Senior quarterback Tom Fulton completed 13-of-27 passes for 127 yards. He was picked off twice.

ONU looks to get back on track with a homecoming win in front of a packed Dial-Roberson Stadium on Saturday. Head coach Dean Paul also looks to improve on his 4-5 record on homecoming at ONU as the Polar Bears try to claw their way back into the thick of the 2013 OAC race.

If you cannot make the game, remember to tune into 94.9 WONB, ONU's campus radio station, for full coverage of the game, as well as pregame and postgame commentary from the voice of the Polar Bears, Brett Wonders, and yours truly.