1971 Otterbein vs Ashland Football Film


1971 Otterbein vs Ashland Football Film


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Otterbein is wearing dark jerseys and white helmets. Ashland is wearing white uniforms and yellow helmets. The game was played in a steady rain. For more game details see the Columbus Dispatch articles linked above.

Otterbein University is a private university in Westerville, Ohio. The university was founded in 1847 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ and named for United Brethren founder the Rev. Philip William Otterbein. After the merger of the Evangelical United Brethren Church and the Methodist Church, in 1968, Otterbein has been associated with the United Methodist Church. Colors: Tan and Cardinal. Mascot: Cardinals

Ashland University is a private Christian university in Ashland, Ohio. Ashland was founded in 1878 as Ashland College. It is affiliated with the Brethren Church. Colors: Purple and Gold. Mascot: Eagles.

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Otterbein – Robert “Moe” Agler (March 13, 1924 – September 16, 2005, Otterbein ‘48) A 1941 graduate of Dublin (Ohio)High School Agler enrolled in Otterbein College where he lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track. After serving in the Navy during World War II, and participating in the D-Day invasion, Agler returned to Otterbein in 1946 where he was a member of, arguably, the best team in school history. He was instrumental in Otterbein’s most memorable game, a 13-7 loss to the University of West Virginia with the Cardinals threatening to score as time expired. After graduating in 1948 he played professionally for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL) and the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Returning to central Ohio in 1950 Agler was hired as head football coach at his alma mater, Dublin High School, where he won the Franklin County Championship. He moved to Johnstown High School in 1952 before returning to Otterbein the next year as an assistant to Harry Ewing. In 1955 Agler replaced Ewing as head coach serving two stints, from 1955 to 1965 and 1970 to 1974, compiling a total record of 74–63–5. He was also the head basketball coach at Otterbein from 1955 to 1958, tallying a mark of 13–39, and served as Athletic Director (1955-1975). Following his retirement, he was instrumental in the construction of the new Memorial Stadium.

Ashland – Fred Martinelli (February 15, 1929 – May 15, 2021, Otterbein ’51, MA ’60 & PhD ’68, The Ohio State University) Martinelli played quarterback for Otterbein from 1947-1950, graduating in 1951. His first coaching position was as head coach at Belleville (OH) High School (1951-1955), followed by Bryan (OH) High School (1956-1958) before moving to Ashland College (1959-1993) where he compiled a record of 217–119–12. Martinelli served as Ashland’s Director of Athletics for almost 25-years, 1967-1991. He was named league coach of the year six times while leading the Eagles to 10 league championships. During his tenure he produced 72 All-Americans. He was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

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Otterbein's Memorial Stadium

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1971 Otterbein vs Ashland Football Film