WESTERVILLE — One big play was all Ohio Northern needed to edge Otterbein 13-7 and remain unbeaten in the Ohio Athletic Conference on Saturday.
The Polar Bears, who improved to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the OAC, are tied atop the conference standings with Marietta (2-0), Mount Union (2-0) and Heidelberg (1-0), but are the lone conference team with three OAC wins.
Early in the second quarter ONU got the play it needed when Anthony McFadden found Anthony Amison for a 45-yard scoring strike to take a 10-0 lead into halftime. McFadden tossed for a game-high 181 yards on 19-of-31 passing, while Amison brought in three passes for a game-high 61 yards. Chad Rex led ONU in receptions with seven for 39 yards.
AJ Marks and Brock Martin split the rushing attack with Marks leading the way with 77 yards on 13 totes. Martin racked up 56 yards on 14 carries.
Andrew Valenti paced the Polar Bears’ defense with 10 tackles and an interception, while Mark Niles wrapped up a team-best 14 tackles, including eight solo tackles.
Steven Irwin was bottled up in the passing game completing just 8 of 29 passes for 77 yards. He added a team-high 66 yards rushing. Orlando Burgy tallied 64 yards on 17 attempts, including a touchdown from a yard out.
Ohio Northern 3 7 0 3 — 13
Otterbein 0 0 0 7 — 7
ONU — Watson 30 FG
ONU — Amison 45 pass from McFadden (Watson kick)
OTT — Burgy 1 run (Hoyle kick)
ONU — Watson 36 FG
BLUFFTON — Bluffton University struggled to move the ball and did not have an answer for Hanover’s Noah Wezensky in falling 28-10 in Saturday’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference game.
The Beavers, who dropped to 1-3 overall and 1-1 in the HCAC, allied just 197 yards of offense and converted just 2 of 17 third downs.
Wezensky paced a strong Panthers (1-2, 1-0 HCAC) offense completing 30 of 44 passes, including touchdown passes of 32, 36 and 19 yards. Conner Gibson caught a pair of TDs from Wezensky and Jackson Daugher reeled in the other. Shawn Coane led the rushing attack with 78 yards, including a 37-yard scoring scamper.
Plummie Gardner took most of the snaps for Bluffton, completing 12 of 25 passes for 120 yards. But Trenton Besgrove attempted six passes, completing two of them, including the Beavers’ lone touchdown on a nine-yard pass to Caleb Heilman late in the fourth quarter.
Brian Coleman was a bright spot for Bluffton’s defense hauling in both of Wezensky’s interceptions.
Hanover 14 7 0 7 — 28
Bluffton 0 3 0 7 — 10
HAN — Gibson 32 pass from Wezensky (Steurer kick)
HAN — Coane 37 run (Steurer kick)
HAN — Daugher 36 pass from Wezensky (Steurer kick)
BLU — Duncan 34 FG
HAN — Gibson 19 pass from Wezensky (Steurer kick)
BLU — Heilman 9 pass from Besgrove (Duncan kick)