Football’s postseason hopes take hit with loss


By Nick Rizzo, Staff Writer

The football season has officially come to its final stretch. Over the last two weeks, BW has been victorious at home against Capital and has endured a devastating loss at Otterbein.
Despite getting off to a 10-0 lead against Otterbein, the Yellow Jackets were unable to pull off a much-needed win.
Otterbein managed to score 27 unanswered points and hold off the 4th quarter comeback attempt.
With 1:30 left in the game and a touchdown and two-point conversion necessary to force overtime, quarterback Jake Hudson marched his offense down to the eight-yard line where they faced a tough 4th-and-two situation.
An incomplete pass intended for receiver Rob Wolfington meant it was Otterbein ball with ten seconds left on the clock. The final score of 37-29 in favor of Otterbein means BW will likely not see the playoffs this year.
Following the loss to Otterbein, the Jackets were able to take advantage of the friendly confines of George Finnie Stadium in their matchup against Capital.
BW and Capital went punch for punch in the first half to a score of 21-21, but the second half was all BW.
After scoring 24 unanswered points and holding Capital scoreless in the third quarter, BW won the game 52-34.
With the Jackets win total now at five, they are guaranteed to at least go .500 on the season. However, to give Coach Jim Hilvert a winning record in his first year as head coach, the team will need to win one of their remaining two games against Heidelberg (5-2 in conference) and Ohio Northern (4-3 in conference).
Both of these games will bring plenty of excitement with second place in the conference still up for grabs, assuming Mount Union holds onto first place.
The game against Heidelberg will be the Yellow Jackets’ last home game this season, meaning it will be their seniors and parents day.
Following that, BW will travel to Ohio Northern to round out the season. At 4-3, BW is tied with Marietta, Ohio Northern, and Otterbein.