Moore caps off record-breaking season, Sylla scores four times
By Kevin Schrock
It was a game that didn’t have any playoff implications, however, in the Oilers season finale; the team was still playing for something. Entering the game with a 5-5 record, Findlay needed a win to secure a record over .500. They weren’t going to leave it to chance either. By halftime the team built a 38-0 lead on their way to a 59-21 victory over the Michigan Tech Huskies.
Saturday, Nov. 12 proved to be Daouda Sylla’s day. The junior entered the contest with one career touchdown but by the end of the day he added four more to that total. It didn’t take long either. Before five minutes had ticked off the game clock Sylla was in the end zone for the first time.
Jason Moore, who also accounted for a pair of touchdowns, made the score 14-0 after he hauled in a Rhys Gervais pass from seven yards out. His second touchdown, which came in the second quarter, put him in the Findlay record books. It gave the junior 15 touchdowns this season, which eclipses the previous record of 14, held by Rick Hatfield. His spectacular season also earned him first team All-GLIAC honors.
Accompanying Moore on the list of first team All-GLIAC performers is offensive lineman Andrew Alten. The junior was a huge factor in the Oilers offensive success this year, which included a 2,500+ yard passer, a 1,000+ yard receiver, along with a 1,000+ yard rusher. It is the first time in Findlay history they have had one of each on a team.
Running back Chauncey Bridges and defensive back Chiebuka Chukwuneke each made the second team All-GLIAC team while junior Rhys Gervais, junior Anthony Federico, senior Myles Alexander, sophomore Cyle Skidmore, senior Dylan Blunk, and junior Aaron Ivory each made the honorable mention list.
For the second season in a row the Oilers finished with a respectable 6-5 record. After starting out the season 2-4, the Oilers’ improvements week to week became obvious. The defense made great strides while the offense was breaking another record seemingly every week.