Oaks overshadow Panthers

Chapman University’s football team suffered a loss Saturday against Menlo College. The final score was 44-22.

Chapman University’s football team suffered a loss Saturday against Menlo College. The final score was 44-22.Chapman was able to keep pace with Menlo through the first quarter despite the loss of senior running back John Sanders to a leg injury.Senior Menlo running back Duane Miller scored the first touchdown of the game on a four-yard run, but Panther sophomore quarterback Patrick Josten fired back with a touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Lorenza Wilson five minutes later. Panther kicker Buddy Klovstad made the extra point.The Oaks next kicked a field goal with 2:36 left in the first quarter, but Klovstad answered back with a field goal of his own with 40 seconds left on the clock.The first quarter ended with Menlo and Chapman tied, 10-10.Unfortunately, Chapman could not maintain the same intensity of play in the following quarters, and was unable to trade scores with Menlo.The Oaks scored five more touchdowns, including a 52-yard interception return by Oak Dwayne Eison, before Chapman was again able to reach the endzone, late in the fourth quarter.Chapman utilize a strong rushing game. They posted 212 yards on 50 carries, while Menlo gained 185 yards in 32 carries. Even though the Panthers controlled the ball for 35:50 minutes, they posted only 386 total yards. compared to Menlo’s 468 yards.Menlo’s Miller was the star of the game, gaining 125 yards in 25 rushes and scoring three touchdowns. Miller made history Saturday as the first Oak to ever rush for more than 1000 yards in a season.Nov. 16 marked the Panthers’ final game of 2002. They finished with a 3-7 record.

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