Lily Kate Harpham
In the last of two exhibition games for the spring football season, the Fighting Scots went up against Ohio Wesleyan’s Battling Bishops in nail-biting fashion. Although Ohio Wesleyan took the win, the Fighting Scots’ performance last Friday was full of impressive plays. Before the game began, the Wooster football team took a moment to recognize the 10 seniors on the team: quarterback Caden Croft ’21, defensive backs Cam Pollard ’21, Mark Herron ’21 and Beau Greenwood ’21, linebackers Brandon Vincenzo ’21 and Eric Kraus ’21, offensive linemen Eli Lohrey ’21 and Artemus Scissum ’21, defensive tackle Kobe Matesic ’21 and wide receiver Keetrone Singleton ’21. Sophomore defensive back Dorion Talley ’23 kept his remarks on the seniors short and sweet, saying, “The seniors did great this season, leading us in practices and our games. It’s really a shame that we couldn’t have more games this season so they could have more playing time … The seniors had a huge impact on the team, and they will be missed!”
The Fighting Scots’ offense had many notable performances throughout the game, including a 76-yard touchdown run by Troy Baughman ’22, one of two scores made by Baughman. Baughman also completed 16 carries with a total of 131 yards by the end of the game. Defensive back PT Fischer ’24 scored a 23-yard field goal in the second quarter of the game, temporarily putting Wooster in the lead. Mateo Renteria ’22 completed 18 of 24 passes for 243 yards and a touchdown during his time on the field. Renteria and Brennan South ’24 worked together to complete a 23-yard touchdown against the Battling Bishops in the third quarter. Renteria and Cole Hissong ’24 also had notable passing play completions at 20 and 17 yards, respectively. Wide receiver Mitchell Heilman ’24 also had a notable performance with a 57-yard reception that set the Scots up to score a touchdown, as well as a total of three receptions and 122 yards. The Scots’ defense had Andrew Armile ’24 leading the game in tackles, with a total of 13, followed by Angelo Petracci ’22 and Langston Williams ’23 with 10 tackles each. Total team statistics for the game against Ohio Wesleyan include 283 passing yards and 199 rushing yards.
Despite a disappointing final score of 38 to the Battling Bishops’ 52, the Wooster Fighting Scots football team celebrated their senior players’ performance during this unorthodox spring season. Kicker and punter Ryan Johnston ’23 had this to say as he reflected on the game and season: “We went into the game wanting to win the spring and really prepare for next year. It was definitely special to be with the seniors and support them for their last game but it was great getting a look at the future of our team’s playing as well. Ohio Wesleyan was a good team with a lot of seniors, and we played them pretty well considering everything. We’re definitely excited for next season and to come out strong!”
Now that the short spring season is over, the Fighting Scots are beginning to train for the fall season, hoping to start the new season strong and make up for lost time. Congratulations to all the seniors, and go Scots!