BIG day for former Tigers
By JON KLEINKNECHT
Inquirer Sports Editor
ALEX NICHOLLS recorded 3 tackles as undefeated and #1-ranked Mount Union (9–0) thumped Baldwin-Wallace 38–7 to wrap up its 21st consecutive Ohio Athletic Conference football championship last Saturday.
Also in Division III, CARTEL BROOKS grinded out 134 yards and 2 touchdowns on 29 carries and caught a pass for another 42 yards as nationally-ranked Heidelberg (8–1) humbled John Carroll 31–10.
Cartel entered the game as the top rusher and scorer in the 10-school OAC. It was the 1,000th football game in Heidelberg history.
The 1972 national championship team — quarterbacked by long-time GHS coach and retired athletic director JIM RUTH, was honored during a ceremony at the game.
Jim was elected to the Heidelberg Athletic Hall of Fame 25 years ago.
Another former GHS coach, JIM GRUDEN, was elected to the Heidelberg HoF in 1993.
He is the father of former NFL head coach and current Monday Night Football analyst, Jon Gruden.
In Division II college football, LEE OWENS watched his 5th-ranked Ashland University Eagles improve to 10–0 with a 49–21 pummeling of Tiffin University. Lee — who had a 33–11-1 record as the head coach in Galion from 1983–86, including the Division II state championship squad of 1985 that went 14–0 — has been the head coach at Ashland for nine years.