MARIETTA — Marietta’s Roger Walker and Ohio Northern’s Christian Williams owned the second quarter, trading touchdown after touchdown in a 42-point quarter.

But it was the Polar Bears (4-4, 4-3 OAC) who opened the second half strong with a 10-0 third quarter and two Will Freed passing TDs in the fourth to claim a 45-29 win in Saturday’s Ohio Athletic Conference game.

ONU has won three of its last four games after starting the year 1-3.

Walker scored the first TD as Marietta (2-6, 2-5) held a 7-0 lead. But as Williams did each time in the second quarter, he answered with a 2-yard TD run for ONU. He answered Walker’s touchdowns twice more with a 1-yard run and a 61-yard reception.

Williams finished with 162 yards on 23 carries and 67 yards on two catches. Walker totaled 172 yards and three scores on 26 attempts and added a fourth TD and 44 yards on two receptions.

Freed chipped in three aerial touchdowns and 282 yards on 19 of 26 passing, including 61-, 9- and 53-yard TD passes to Williams, Riley Bransteter and Reed Allen, respectively.

The two teams combined for more than 1,000 yards of total offense and each school had just one turnover.

Ohio Northern 0 21 10 14 — 45
Marietta 0 21 0 8 — 29

Second Quarter
MAR — Walker 4 run (Embrescia kick)
ONU — Williams 2 run (French kick)
MAR — Walker 21 pass from Fields (Embrescia kick)
ONU — Williams 1 run (French kick)
MAR — Walker 5 run (Embrescia kick)
ONU — Williams 61 pass from Freed

Third Quarter
ONU — French 41 FG
ONU — Freed 11 run (French kick)

Fourth Quarter
ONU — Bransteter 9 pass from Freed (French kick)
ONU — Allen 53 pass from Freed (French kick)
MAR — Walker 53 run (Loomis pass)


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman had a 42-point lead before Bluffton found the end zone. Bluffton then scored 19 unanswered to end the game, but the Engineers toppled the Beavers 42-19 in Saturday’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference game.

Rose-Hulman, leading the HCAC at 6-1 (7-2 overall), was led by Austin Swenson’s six touchdowns, including four through the air. He connected with Raymond Burtnick twice for 9-yard TDs in the second quarter before taking a 21-0 lead on a 73-yard scoring scamper. Swenson added TD passes of 5 and 31 yards in the second quarter to Alec Fisher and Burtnick, respectively, and ran another in from 2 yards out.

Bluffton’s (6-2, 4-2) offense was bottled up for most of the day with senior running back Dante Carroll netting just 10 yards on eight carries. Sophomore Drake Campbell did get 60 yards on seven carries. Micah Roberson (Ada) led the receiving corps with 80 yards on a team-high seven receptions.

The Engineers outgained the Beavers 519-284, had 23 first downs and forced two turnovers.

Bluffton 0 6 7 6 — 19
Rose-Hulman 21 21 0 0 — 42

First Quarter
RH — Burtnick 9 pass from Swenson (Murray kick)
RH — Burtnick 9 pass from Swenson (Murray kick)
RH — Swenson 73 run (Murray kick)

Second Quarter
RH — Fisher 5 pass from Swenson (Murray kick)
RH — Swenson 2 run (Murray kick)
RH — Burtnick 31 pass from Swenson (Murray kick)
BLU — Guyton 88 kickoff return (rush failed)

Third Quarter
BLU — Espitia 2 pass from Sheehan (Watkins kick)

Fourth Quarter
BLU — Campbell 4 run (conversion failed)