Tuesday, October 1, 2013

High-scoring times in the OAC

Nobody involved with the Ohio Athletic Conference's first season in 1902 could have predicated what happened last weekend.

Let's start with Mount Union, the logical opening point in any OAC discussion. The Purple Raiders defeated Marietta, 84-14. Mount Union has accomplished some special things in the last 25 years, but the program had never dropped 12 touchdowns on somebody. Mount Union matched the OAC record for points in a game. Ohio Northern accomplished the same feat against Hiram in 1993.

In its race to keep up with Mount Union, Heidelberg, last year's conference runner-up and this year's trendy pick to push the Purple Raiders, defeated Wilmington, 66-12. The Scarlet Princes have scored 52 or more points in all three of their games. Heidelberg's high-scoring ways could continue this weekend against Marietta, which might face the toughest two-game midseason nightmare in Division III.

Last weekend's other three OAC winners -- Baldwin Wallace, John Carroll and Ohio Northern -- scored at least 23 points. All five of last weekend's winners prevailed by double digits.

Before declaring defense non-existent in the OAC, consider what John Carroll has accomplished. The Blue Streaks have allowed seven points through three games.

For those wondering, John Carroll doesn't face Mount Union and Heidelberg until November.

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy


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