OWU Rolls to Victory over Aquile in Ferrara, Italy
Ferrara, Italy – Sunday May 18, 2014
The Battling Bishops rolled to victory over the Aquile American Football Club in Ferrara, Italy by a final score of 63-0. The developing Aquile program, new members of the Italian Football League that plays the highest level of American football in Italy, were no match for the Bishops who demonstrated the experience, depth and expertise of American football played by American players.
Este Val Bunn, coach of the Aquile commented, “This was a great experience for us. Though we are a bit inexperienced at this stage and developing fundamentally, to challenge ourselves by playing against an American team as strong as Ohio Wesleyan is a great growth experience for our club members. We are looking to be amongst the best teams in Italy and this will take some time but playing a team like the Battling Bishops is what we want and need.”
Ohio Wesleyan received the opening kick-off and after beginning a drive that showed promise, a deflected pass led to an interception as the Aquile showed some life early on. However, against an aggressive and quick OWU defense the hosts from Italy could not get untracked on offense most of the day. One setback for the Italian team was the loss of their American quarterback, Chris Treister from the University of Maine, who suffered an ankle injury just two weeks earlier and was in a boot on the sideline. Without their US quarterback to lead the Aquile’s spread attack their offense could not find consistency.
After the Aquile were stopped on downs the OWU offense went to work and then had its way much of the day. Cheyne Lacanaria connected with David Mogilnicki on a 12-yard fade route to give the Bishops a 7-0 lead. Miles MacKenzie added the extra point, his first of seven on the day. The subsequent drive Kevin Herman hauled in an interception and brought it back to the Aquile 10-yard line. Moments later it was Tim Shadoan’s turn to be on the receiving end of an 8-yard touchdown throw this time from Phil Brusk.
The OWU defense forced another punt and Herman again put the Battling Bishops in good field position with a long return. Brusk then threw another touchdown pass this time to Tyler Devitis from 3 yards out and the score became 21-0 early in the 2nd quarter.
Richard Poutier then directed the offense to two more scores with touchdown throws of 27-yard to Chris Mondon and David Mogilnicki, his second touchdown of the game, to make the score 35-0 at the half.
In the 3rd quarter after the Bishop defense again forced a punt, Ross Hickenbottom took a short pass from Miles MacKenzie and scampered most of the distance for a 47-yard touchdown. The Bishops recovered the subsequent kick-off when the wind played tricks with the ball and the Aquile did not cover it. However, penalties pushed the Bishops back and they were forced to punt pinning the Italian team on their 3-yard line. A couple plays later an errant snap put the Aquile quarterback into a scramble and Richard Poutier came off the edge for a big tackle to give the Bishops two more points on the safety.
The Bishops ran steadily behind their powerful offensive line to grind out the second half as Keaton Leppla scored from 7 yards out, Mondon rambled in from 47 and Rohrer closed out the scoring with a 26-yard touchdown scamper.
Along with Herman’s interception, defensive highlights were contributed by DJ Fisher with a caused fumble and fumble recoveries by Bryan Bowling and Joey Reinhardt. A pick-6 by Poutier was called back by a penalty.
At a post-game reception hosted for both teams and officials David Mogilnicki was presented with a trophy as the games Offensive Most Valuable Player. In addition, Coach Watts was presented with a commemorative trophy acknowledging the presence of the Battling Bishops for a friendly match with the host Aquile. In accepting the game trophy, Coach Watts thanked the hosts from Ferrara and the Aquile stating, “We come from a special community at Ohio Wesleyan University and Delaware, Ohio and we now know there is another special organization and special community here with the Aquile football club and here in Ferrara, Italy.”
Ohio Wesleyan University 63 Ferrara Aquile 0
May 18th, 2014 – Ferrara, Italy
|Mogilnicki 12 yd reception from Lacanaria (MacKenzie kick)||
|Shadoan 8 yd reception from Brusk (MacKenzie kick)||
|Devitis 3 yd reception from Brusk (MacKenzie kick)||
|Mondon 27 yd. reception from Poutier (MacKenzie kick)||
|Mogilnicki 49 yd. reception from Poutier (Shadoan kick)||
|Hickenbottom 47 yd. reception from McKenzie (Shadoan kick)||
|Poutier tackle for Safety||
|Leppla 7 yd run||
|Mondon 47 yd. run||
|Rohrer 26 yd. TD run (MacKenzie kick)||
For more information on the event from the Ferrara Aquile go to: http://www.aquileferrara.it/2012/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=384:le-aquile-festeggiano-35-anni-di-storia&catid=1:ultime&Itemid=50