Orbit Media Reporter
The Muskie football team finished off their 2014 season last Saturday, Nov. 15 with a 43-14 rout of Wilmington College at Williams Stadium.
The team started with a Cody Dent field goal from 37 yard field goal followed by a Melvin Smith 12 yard touchdown run to go up 10-0 on the Quakers.
Following a three-and-out by Wilmington, the Muskies drove into Quaker territory only to have a field goal blocked by the Quakers and returned all the way back to the endzone for Wilmington’s first touchdown of the game.
The score was 10-7 with 7:02 left in the first.
The Muskies would answer back with another Melvin Smith touchdown run This one was from two yards out.
After Dent missed PAT the score was 16-7 Muskies on top.
After Muskingum linebacker Chaney Fulton came up with an interception of Wilmington quarterback Blake Valenzuela, the Muskies drove the ball downfield.
They capped off their drive with an Aron Sutton 16-yard touchdown run.
After the extra point was no good, the score stood at 22-7.
Muskingum quarterback Cody Williams would run for a couple more Muskie scores and senior fullback Garrett Clark would run one in as well to help pad the lead for the Muskies going into the fourth quarter.
Melvin Smith would finish the game as the top rusher between both teams gaining a season high 211 yards and two touchdowns.
Smith finished the season with a team high of 870 yards and six touchdowns.
On the other side of the ball, the Muskie defense forced a season high of five turnovers.
Hayden Fulton with the one interception, freshman Mick Fishel with a fumble recovery and an interception, senior Tony Moore’s fumble recovery, and sophomore Tyler Lancaster’s interception late.
The Muskies ended their season with a record of 3-7 overall and 3-6 in the OAC.
With the season over, the Muskies end up in seventh overall in the OAC.
Junior Running back Desmond Waden was unable to play in the Wilmington game due to injury but is already looking ahead to next season.
“We just want to show next season that we’re not the same Muskingum team,” said Waden.
“We want to show people that you’re not going to just come down and bully us. We’re gonna fight and do what we have to do to win ball games.”
The Muskies will see 10 seniors graduate from this years’ team looking toward next season.