Lords Kneel to Yeomen
Oberlin College football got back on the winning track this Saturday with a crushing win over Kenyon College. The Yeomen scored nine touchdowns and forced six turnovers en route to a 30-point win.
Senior Chris Schubert got the scoring started, returning the opening kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown. Schubert’s early score set an offensive tone to the game.
“Schubert’s opening kick return was big in that it told Kenyon right away that we came to play,” said junior quarterback Greg Mangan. “It’s always nice to play with a lead, and we were able to do that for the whole game.”
Kenyon was driving down the field on the ensuing possession when Oberlin forced the first of four fumbles of the day, this one coming at the goal line.
Oberlin drove 80 yards on not just its ensuing possession, but on their next two possessions. Sophomore Wayne Mundekis and senior Cassius Harris capped off the two long Yeomen drives.
A forced fumble led to a touchdown by junior R.V. Carroll giving Oberlin a 28-0 lead in the first quarter.
After Kenyon finally got on the board on the last play of the first quarter, Oberlin marched right back down the field and Carroll scored his second touchdown of the day.
Kenyon responded with another touchdown, but Oberlin did not allow them to come back. Mangan connected with Harris on the very next play. The 48-yard strike was the longest of the day for Mangan, who went 16-21 for 224 yards, two touchdowns and no picks or sacks.
The half ended with Kenyon scoring another touchdown to bring the score to 42-20 at the half. Carroll was responsible for the only score in the third, rushing for his third touchdown of the day.
Oberlin and Kenyon both scored a pair of touchdowns in the fourth to make the final score 63-33. First-year lineman Chris Pottmeyer scored his first career touchdown on his first career carry to bring the Yeomen to 56.
Senior Chase Palmer capped off the scoring for the Yeomen when he recovered a fumble and took it 29 yards for the score. The touchdown was another highlight in a monster year for Palmer, who has to be one of the front-runners for defensive Players of the Year honors in the NCAC.
But Palmer wasn’t the only defensive star of the day. Seniors Nick Bartlett and Geoff Sirockman both had 13 total tackles, and Sirockman was responsible for two forced fumbles. Senior Cody Hartley had nine tackles, a pick, and a fumble recovery while fellow senior Chris Pisani had 2.5 tackles for a loss while being constantly double-teamed.
The win puts the Yeomen at 4-5 overall and 4-2 in NCAC play. Oberlin will play its final game of the season against Allegheny at home tomorrow.
The game should be a good one, not just because it is the final game in the fantastic careers of several seniors but also because Oberlin has the third best offense in the conference while Allegheny has the third best defense.
“This week is a battle of a very good offense and a very good defense,” said Schubert. “We have to take what [Allegheny] gives us… It’s a hell of a game to end a season on.”