Wilmington – On Saturday, November 4th the Wilmington College football team played their final home game of the season versus Ohio Northern University. After falling behind 42-12 in the first half, Wilmington fought back but fell just short, as Ohio Northern won by a score of 49-45.
The first half was completely dominated by Ohio Northern as they managed to jump out to a 42-12 lead by halftime. In the first half, the Quakers scored on two field goals from freshman Kevin Shump and a 13-yard touchdown pass from Luke Creditt to PJ Meyer.
In the second half, the Quakers came out aggressive on both sides of the ball. With 8:50 left in the fourth quarter, Creditt found Meyer in the end zone again to cut the Ohio Northern lead to 42-39.
With 1:23 remaining in the fourth quarter, Creditt connected on a touchdown pass to Meyer for the fifth time of the afternoon. This cut the lead to 49-45, but it was too little, too late as Ohio Northern was able to run the clock out and end the Quakers hope of a comeback.
Creditt finished the game with 444 passing yards and five touchdown passes. All five of Creditt’s touchdown passes were to Meyer, who finished with 13 receptions and 208 yards to go along with his five touchdowns.
Senior linebacker, C.J. Thompson led the way for the Quakers on defense finishing with 10 total tackles, a pass break up, and 1.5 sacks.
Even though, Wilmington did not win the game, they showed great effort and heart in the second half. “Super proud of the team. When we went into halftime, we talked about how we want to be remember and what kind of legacy we want to leave and everyone got behind that message and you saw what happened in the second half,” said Thompson. Thompson describes his last home game as a member of the Quakers saying, “Bitter sweet, definitely bitter sweet. I love the guys; I wish I could play with them forever. I know what kind of legacy we left today and I just hope that there is more wins on this field, and people get to experience better senior days.”