Yeomen Triumphant in Historic Homecoming
A bitter, rain-soaked October atmosphere could not slow the offensive barrage that the Oberlin College football team brought to the Knowlton Athletics Complex this past Saturday when the Yeomen skinned the Allegheny College Gators 48–9.
The Yeomen signed themselves into the school record books, landing with a score of historical statistical highs in the game. Senior quarterback Lucas Poggiali set the school record for most passing yards in a game, throwing for 506. The Yeomen offense also set a school record for total yardage in a game with 690 total yards.
“Breaking both records was very exciting,” Poggiali said. “We set out to do something special at the beginning of the week, and we knew if we played to our potential, we could get that done.”
The quarterback was only one yard away from breaking the North Coast Athletic Conference record for most passing yards in a game when he was taken out about mid-way through the fourth quarter. Despite this, Poggiali remained positive about the missed opportunity, insisting that it will always be nothing more than one of those “‘What if ?’ scenarios.”
“I had no idea what my passing stats were until we had already taken the starters out,” Poggiali said. “My coaches weren’t aware of the records either. The whole offense was just focused on that single game total offense record, and that’s all we were concerned about.”
Despite finishing short of the conference record, Poggiali received a number of accolades for his performance, including NCAC Offensive Player of the Week. He was also named on the roster of the D3football.com Team of the Week.
Head Coach Jay Anderson asserted that while the Yeomen’s record-breaking win was impressive, it was not surprising in the least. “If you play the game the right way, you can do some great things,” Anderson said. “I didn’t know that Lucas was one yard shy of the record, but if I had, then I would have allowed him to continue to let it rip.”
The Yeomen dominated from the start of the game and never looked back. Senior running-back Blake Buckhannon, sophomore wide receiver Corey Fussinger and first-year wide receiver Robby Reinheimer all scored touchdowns in the first quarter. By the end of the first 15 minutes of play, Oberlin had jumped to a commanding 24–2.
In the second quarter, Buckhannon added another touchdown to his season total on a one-yard run, and first-year wide receiver Jabari Clemons caught a 13-yard pass from Poggiali to bring the Yeomen to 36–2.
After Poggali connected with senior tight-end Thomas Firl for Oberlin’s sixth touchdown, Allegheny responded with its first and only score of the afternoon, a 67-yard run that brought them to 42–9. But this would be the last taste of the endzone for the Gators, as the Yeomen sealed the win with junior quarterback Chris Herman’s pass to sophomore wide receiver Jackson Moore. The touchdown was the first collegiate score for both Herman and Moore.
The Yeomen’s offensive explosion purged from their mouths the bitter taste of last year’s homecoming, the inaugural game on Bailey Field in which Oberlin fell to The College of Wooster by a final score of 63–10.
“I think this game was really good for the team as a whole,” said junior wide receiver Justin Cruz. “Not only was it good for the team in terms of momentum, but it was also good for all the people who came out for the game. It felt great for everyone to finally get a homecoming win after so long.”
The Yeomen hope to capitalize on the momentum from their historic win when they face nationally ranked Wabash College at home on Saturday at 1 p.m.