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Gabbard, Williams earn OAC weekly award

October 22, 2012

Freshman Nick Williams had a career-high 10 tackles in his first career start. (Photo by John Swartzel)

Freshman Nick Williams had a career-high 10 tackles in his first career start. (Photo by John Swartzel)

AUSTINTOWN, OH – Fresh off its 13-12 victory over Marietta, the Wilmington College football team keeps picking up accolades as a result of the win that snapped the Quakers’ 32-game losing streak.

The Ohio Athletic Conference announced today (October 22, 2012) two Wilmington players have earned the conference’s weekly award. Senior kicker Max Gabbard (Waynesville, OH/Waynesville) was named Special Teams Player of the Week, while freshman linebacker Nick Williams (Cleveland, OH/Fairview) was named Defensive Player of the Week.

Gabbard booted a career-long 35-yard field goal with 31 seconds remaining to give Wilmington the victory. His 32-yarder as time expired in the third quarter helped the Quakers pull to within two, eventually setting the table for his game-winner.

In his first career start, Williams led WC with a career-high 10 tackles, including 3.5 for loss and one sack. His blocked field goal in the second quarter kept the Wilmington deficit to one possession.

The last time a Wilmington football played earned the weekly award from the OAC was linebacker Bryce Martin, who earned the Defensive Player of the Week award on October 12, 2009.

Wilmington (1-6 overall, 1-5 OAC) travels to face John Carroll 1:30 p.m. Saturday.