Olivet, Mich. - The Wheaton football
22nd in this week's D3football.com Top 25, concluded
the non-conference portion of the schedule with a 61-14 victory at
Olivet College on Saturday night. Wheaton will open conference play
in front of a homecoming crowd at McCully Stadium next Saturday at
1 PM against Illinois Wesleyan.
Wheaton scored in less than three minutes of the opening
kickoff, as quarterback Garrett Meador ran for a one-yard touchdown
run to cap an opening drive of six plays and 58 yards.
Meador's touchdown with 12:22 left in the first quarter gave
the Thunder a 7-0 lead, en route to 26 first-quarter points. Meador
connected with senior receiver on a 42-yard touchdown pass with
9:32 left in the quarter. The Wheaton defense also helped put the
'Orange and Blue' on the scoreboard with a safety by
senior defensive lineman Charley Mitchell and senior linebacker
Cory Hart recovered a fumble and returned it 10 yards for a
touchdown. Junior kicker Scott Roche capped Wheaton's
first-quarter scoring with a 28-yard field with 3:37 left in the
opening quarter to account for the 26-0 lead at the conclusion of
Wheaton held a 40-0 lead at halftime as sophomore quarterback
Jordan Roberts tossed second-quarter touchdown passes to Davis
Skinner (four yards) and Teddy Watkins (eight yards).
Wheaton safety Ryan Foster intercepted a pass on Olivet's
opening drive of the second half and returned it 35 yards for a
touchdown to extend Wheaton's lead to 47-0 with 12:39 left in
the third quarter. Olivet put its first points on the board with
touchdown with 8:15 left in the third quarter and Wheaton countered
with a two-yard touchdown pass from Roberts to Justin Zeller with
5:42 remaining in the third quarter to extend its lead to 54-7.
Olivet recorded a 58-yard touchdown pass with 4:30 remaining in the
third quarter and Wheaton capped off the game's scoring on a
five-yard touchdown run by freshman Justin Swider with 2:11
remaining in the game to account for the final score of
Wheaton amassed 528 yards of total offense, passing for 256 yards
and rushing for 272. Olivet had 238 total yards, passing for 230
yards, with just eight rushing yards.
Roberts completed 14 of his 19 passing attempts for 145 yards,
with three touchdowns and he also ran for 73 yards on five carries.
Meador completed five of his eight passes for 111 yards, with one
touchdown run. Ellis caught five passes for 106 yards, including
the 46-yard touchdown catch. Joey Skogen led the Thunder rushing
attack with 84 yards on 12 carries, while Rocky Gingg carried the
ball 12 times for 53 yards.
Junior cornerback Micah Markley led the Thunder defense with
seven total tackles and two interceptions. Sam VanHeest made five
tackles, including two for lost yardage (-12 yards). Ben Johnson
and Hart each registered two tackles for lost yardage. Foster,
Bryan McBroom and Tyler Langs each intercepted a pass.
Edric Miller, De'Marko Reed and Chris Behnke each made
nine tackles for the Comets. Reed registered three tackles for lost
yardage, including two quarterback sacks, with a forced fumble.
Olivet quarterback Tony Phillips was 9-for-17 for 185 yards, with