5-1 start has jackets amongst the best in OAC
Sitting in sole possession of second place in the little known, but very gung ho Ohio Athletic Conference are the Baldwin-Wallace Yellow Jackets. Already one of the best football programs in the OAC, the Jackets have made huge strides for preeminence atop the standings. Their 20-6 vengeance win over the Ohio Northern Polar Bears gained them some separation from the rest of the conference. ONU was predicted to finish second in the conference behind powerhouse Mount Union, with the Jackets expected to finish in third.
Proud owner of one of the OAC's elite rushing attacks, the Jackets have been led by junior Tyler Lohr in the backfield, gaining over 650 ground yards through six games. At the helm of their offense at quarterback is second year transfer student Ryan O'Rourke from Slippery Rock, who has managed the team to their current record.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Jackets possess one of the nation's best division three pass rushers in senior Derron Hamilton, a former Euclid Panther. The lineman has compiled 11 sacks thus far, with eight-and-a-half of them coming in a three game stretch. The quarterback of the defense, senior safety Ryan Dugan, is the team's leading tackler with 45 stops, and has a pair of interceptions.
This week, they will make their longest trip of the season, as they head down south to Wilmington, Ohio to battle the Quakers.