AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – The Wilmington College football team had two of its members earn weekly Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) awards on Monday. Juniors Kyle Barrett and Tre'Quez Parks, both alumni of Beechcroft High School, garnered Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honors respectively.
"It is certainly special when you can get one of your players to earn Player of the Week recognition in this conference, and when you get two, it is pretty impressive," Head Football Coach Bryan Moore said. "Tre and Kyle were high school teammates and part of our first recruiting class here."
Barrett, a second-year starter, finished the game 26-of-34 for 406 yards passing along with four touchdowns. He engineered touchdown drives on Wilmington's first four drives of the game in the 42-38 victory over Ohio Northern University including three touchdown passes and a five-yard run. Additionally, he brought the Fightin' Quakers back from a 38-35 deficit with a 90-yard, game-winning touchdown drive in the final two minutes. During that drive, Barrett scrambled and dove to keep the chains moving on 4th-and-1 as well as tossing the game-winning pass to Itika Wynn, Jr. with 28 seconds remaining.
"Fair or unfair, we put a lot on KB's [Kyle Barrett] shoulders the past two years and he's grown up quickly," said Moore. "It is great to see the game slow down a little bit for him early this year. His decision making is getting better and mistakes don't seem to bother him as much as they did last year. He has all the intangibles you want in a quarterback – big, athletic, coachable and lives in the film room with Coach Thomas. He has a very high ceiling, and I don't think he is anywhere close to reaching his full potential yet."
Parks, who led the team in tackles a season ago, led the defensive unit with 14 tackles along with two sacks. He played a critical role in getting the offense back the ball with a key stop of the Polar Bears at midfield in the fourth quarter. That stop setup the game-winning drive two minutes later.
"Tre [Parks] has been a starter for us since the day he walked on campus and is arguably one of the best all-around athletes on our team," Moore commented. "Coach Fillipovich has done a great job of restructuring our defense and allowing Tre to be in position to make a lot of plays. It is easy to see Tre's value to our defense because of the amount of tackles he makes, but what goes unnoticed a lot of times is that he is on just about every core special teams unit as well."
Wilmington's defeat of Ohio Northern snapped a 25-game losing streak dating back to the 1956 season. The Quakers (1-2, 1-1 OAC) head to Muskingum University on Saturday.