Wooding earns conference honor at Oberlin
OBERLIN — When Von Wooding arrived at Oberlin College in the summer of 2016, he admittedly had no idea what he was getting involved with.
After only two visits to the campus and knowing the adjustment that lied ahead in terms of football, Wooding — who is a Linsly graduate and Flushing native — was simply trying to take in as much information — as quickly — as possible.
It obviously worked because Wooding has been a starter since day one of his freshman season and hasn’t skipped a beat since.
In last week’s victory against Hiram, Wooding recorded 15 tackles, including 10 solos and his first collegiate interception. Add all of that up and it resulted in Wooding’s first North Coast Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week accolade.
“Anytime you get any kind of recognition it’s a good feeling,” Wooding said. “It’s just a culmination of a lot of things from playing well, continuing to improve, investing the time in the process, becoming more familiar with the players around me and obviously with the team’s success.”
Wooding, who has been a tackle machine since he stepped foot on the campus, currently ranks third in the conference with 93 tackles. If he can record seven tackles in Saturday’s season finale against Allegheny, Wooding would become the first Yeoman player to reach 100 tackles since 2007.
Though the tackles have become a staple, Wooding was especially excited about the interception. And that was even after he received less of a grade on the film from the coaches.
“I missed an assignment,” Wooding admitted. “I was supposed to blitz on the play. Either I didn’t get the call or simply forgot, I’m not sure. But, rather than blitzing, I dropped back into coverage and (the quarterback) pretty much didn’t see me until it was too late.”
Though the Yeoman are just 3-6 on the season, Wooding sees continued improvement and also believes plenty of better days lie ahead.
“We’ve shown a lot of improvement and I think you’ll continue to see that moving forward,” Wooding pointed out. “Obviously, we’re gunning to be 4-6, which I realize isn’t great, but when you consider where we’re coming from (as a program), it’s big. There’s not a long-standing tradition of football excellence at Oberlin, but we’re gearing toward shaping that tradition and getting one going. It’s all about net gain and when you’re working and building something, it’s a step.”
Here’s a look at how other area natives fared last week:
COLTON McKIVITZ, West Virginia — Union Local alumnus Started once again at right tackle for the ninth straight game.
JOSH SILLS, West Virginia — Meadowbrook product logged the start at left guard in the Mountaineers’ victory against Iowa State.
AUSTIN DORRIS, Indiana — Shadyside product appeared in last week’s Hoosiers’ loss to Wisconsin. Indiana, now 3-6, must win to become eligible for a bowl game.
ROSS COMIS, UMass — Madonna product got the start at quarterback last week in a loss at Mississippi State. He played well, completing 15-of-26 passes for 223 yards and a touchdown. He was picked off once. He rushed 10 times for 9 yards.
ELIJIAH BELL, North Carolina A&T — Wheeling Park product caught 7 passes for 114 yards to lead the Aggies in that department in their win over Norfolk State. A&T is now 9-0 on the season entering this week’s game against Savvanah State.
JERRID MARHEFKA, Ohio — St. Clairsville product played in Wednesday’s game against Toledo. More can be found on him in Sunday’s edition.
CHUCKWUDI CHUCKWU, Ohio — Linsly School graduate saw time in Wednesday’s ‘MACtion’ game against Toledo.
MANDELLA LAWRENCE-BURKE, Kent State — Steubenville graduate had three tackles in Wednesday’s loss to Western Michigan. For the season, he has 64 tackles, which ranks second on team. He also has an interception.
ROBERT VARGO, Ohio Dominican — Martins Ferry product logged another start at right guard for the Panthers.
MATT BARBOUR, Ohio Dominican — Martins Ferry graduate played in last week’s 63-7 victory against Kentucky Wesleyan.
NYJUAN ROBINSON, Ohio Dominican — Steubenville graduate recovered a fumble during last week’s win, which was the sixth straight for ODU.
SHYOUN PETTEWAY, Ohio Dominican — Steubenville product posted five tackles from his defensive back spot in the victory last week.
COLE SKAGGS, West Virginia Wesleyan — St. Clairsville graduate appeared in Wesleyan’s victory last week.
MATT KINNICK, West Virginia State — Fifth-year senior from St. Clairsville celebrated senior day by etching his name further into the Yellow Jackets recordbook. He completed 27-of-38 passes for 307 yards and equaled a school record with five touchdown passes. That number gives him 24 on the season, which breaks a record he already held of 20.
GEREMY PAIGE, Gannon — Wheeling Park product returned to the lineup with four tackles, including half a sack in last week’s victory.
MATT HACKATHORN, Gannon — Wheeling Park graduate started at right tackle in the win.
COREY ERNEST, West Liberty — Red-shirt senior from St. C. started once again at left guard for the Hilltoppers.
TREVOR HARDESTY, West Liberty — John Marshall graduate had a reception for 10 yards in last week’s loss.
CLIFFORD CLARK, West Liberty — Cambridge graduate was recorded for 7.5 tackles in the Toppers loss.
CHANCE RUCKER, West Liberty — Caldwell product started at right tackle.
AUSTIN WHIPKEY, West Liberty — Linsly product started at right guard for WLU.
CODY RINE, West Liberty — Brooke graduate posted 7 tackles, including a sack and 2.5 for loss.
SAVION JOHNSON, West Liberty — Wheeling Park product carried the ball 13 times for 44 yards and scored a touchdown last week.
DALTON SECHREST, Marietta — Beallsville product had two tackles, a quarterback hurry and 1.5 sacks in a win over Capital.
TANNER CLARK, Marietta — Caldwell product rushed 8 times for 33 yards. He also had a tackle.
LUCAS HERRINGTON, Mt. Union — Steubenville graduate caught 3 passes for 58 yards and scored two touchdowns in the Purple Raiders win against Muskingum.
CHASE KINEMOND, Bethany — Shadyside graduate helped lead the Bison to their first victory. He completed 14-of-23 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns. He also punted four times for 142 yards, which is a 35.5 average.
CHRISTIAN WITCHEY, St. Vincent’s — St. Clairsville grad continued his fine season as the punter. He boomed five punts for 216 yards, which is an average of 43.2 yards per kick.
HAYDEN GAUS, Kenyon — Linsly School graduate posted two tackles in last week’s victory.
AUSTIN CURNES, Washington & Jefferson — Wheeling Park product started at left tackle for the still undefeated Presidents.
KELSEY CHAMBERS, Wheeling Jesuit — Oak Glen product qualified for the Division II NCAA Championship meet and earned all-Atlantic Region with a fifth-place finish in the regional meet.
FALLON DOYLE, Wheeling Jesuit — St. John Central grad was 48th overall in the Atlantic Regional and third on her team.
JACOB BISHOP, Wheeling Jesuit — Martins Ferry product finished 34th in the Atlantic Regional in a time of 32 minutes, 40.9 seconds.
ZACH HENRY, Wheeling Jesuit — Harrison Central graduate was 81st overall and third on his team in the Atlantic Regional with a 34:05.
JENNA FURR, Wheeling Jesuit — Caldwell graduate was 98th overall in 24:08 and was fifth on her team.
JORDAN DELANEY, Wheeling Jesuit — Magnolia graduate was 104th overall and seventh on her team in the Atlantic Regional.
MEGAN BATEMAN, California, Pa. — Union Local graduate was the lone freshman from her team to toe the line in the Atlantic Regional. She finished 42nd overall in 22:41 and was fourth on her team, which qualified for the NCAA Division II National Meet in Evansville, Ind. next weekend.
MICHAEL EATON, Ohio State — St. Clairsville product competed in last weekend’s dual for the Buckeyes, swimming his specialty the 100 breaststroke.
JENSEN CARETTI, Ohio State — River product didn’t appear in last Sunday’s exhibition victory against Urbana after coming down with an illness that kept her out of practice late last week. She did dress and received her Big Ten Championship ring. She and the Buckeyes open tonight against Stanford.
CAITLYN KROLL, St. Francis — Bridgeport graduate is expected to make her first collegiate start this evening at Toledo.
ALLI DELANEY, Notre Dame College — Union Local product played in the NDC exhibition loss at Akron last weekend. She had a rebound.
ANGELA STAFFELINO, Duquesne — Brooke grad opens her junior campaign with the Dukes this evening at UNC-Charlotte.
ANNA DEFILIPPO, Cedarville — Sophomore guard from St. Clairsville begins the season this evening against Wisconsin-Parkside before meeting defending Division II national champion, Ashland on Saturday.
VIVIAN ALLISON, Mercyhurst — Linsly School graduate begins her collegiate career this evening at Notre Dame College.