Back-to-Back Losses Drive Football in Final Stretch
It’s been a season of streaks for the Oberlin football team. After starting 0-3 in non-conference play, the Yeomen won their first three NCAC games by a combined 70 points. The last two NCAC games, however, did not go as well. The Yeomen fell to Wabash and Wittenberg in back-to-back games as their hopes of a conference championship were dealt a heavy blow.
Despite the losses, the Yeomen are still playing with the same heart they have all season. Even though they are eliminated from the competition for a conference title, the Yeomen will hope to come out strong in the last two games to finish .500 on the season.
“You have to approach [the last two games] with the same mindset we’ve had from the get go,” said senior Chris Schubert. “There are still two games left and we can end up being tied for 2nd place.”
On Saturday, Oct. 13 the Yeomen hosted Earlham College and came away victorious. With the teams tied at seven at the half, Earlham jumped out to a seven-point edge, scoring a touchdown on its first possession of the second half.
This deficit was short-lived as Oberlin scored the last 35 points of the game, turning a close game into a Yeomen rout, 42-14.
Held in check in the first half, junior running back RV Carroll exploded in the second. Carroll ran for four straight Yeomen touchdowns and had 143 of his total 217 rushing yards in the second half.
Carroll’s play brought him the title of NCAC offensive player of the week. It was the third straight week an Oberlin player had won player of the week honors, with senior Chase Palmer winning the previous two.
Oberlin’s win set up a battle between undefeated teams in NCAC play, starting with #14 Wabash, on October 20.
Palmer was just edged out of the three-peat himself, despite superior numbers, as he had 12 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble. Wabash, however, was victorious at 45-14.
Following this disappointing loss to Wabash, the team traveled to Wittenberg College on October 27 looking to right the ship and come away with a win. Oberlin held an early lead when Carroll broke a 27-yard touchdown run, giving him the all-time record.
This lead was short lived as Wittenberg scored 21 straight, and then won 38-14 in the second half. Oberlin now sits at 3-5 (3-2 NCAC) with two home games remaining. Oberlin hosts rival Kenyon College on Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. in what should be an exciting game.
“When we play Kenyon, its always a fun game to be at,” said Schubert. “There is always a lot of scoring, big plays, big hits, and just a good ol’ fashioned rivalry game.”