The Figthin' Quakers started strong. After the defense forced a 3-and-out, the offense scored on its first possession.
Junior quarterback Kyle Barrett led a 12-play, 90-yard drive capped by a 1-yard scamper (pictured left) into the end zone.
That touchdown proved to be the only score of the first quarter. Wilmington would be the first to score in the second as Tyler Butcher gave the hosts a 10-0 lead with a 39-yard field goal.
Wilmington's defense remained opportunistic, forcing and recovering a fumble on the very next play from scrimmage.
Unfortunately, the Quakers could not capitalize as the offense moved just four yards in four plays.
Olivet took over at its own 30-yard line and marched 70 yards in a dozen plays to score with less than a minute left in the half.
The PAT failed and Wilmington took a 10-6 lead into halftime.
On Wilmington's first drive of the game, Kyle Barrett capped off a 12-play, 70-yard drive with a 5-yard score.
Ohio Northern answered with a touchdown of its own, but Kyle Barrett once again broke the deadlock, finding Itika Wynn Jr. for a score.
Leading 14-7, Wilmington's defense got the first stop of the game as Tavion Bryant made a tackle on 4th-and-7 in Quaker territory.
The offense responded with another score as Barrett found Luke Richardson for a 59-yard strike as the second quarter opened.
The Polar Bears got three points on their next drive, but the Quakers' offense made it 4-for-4 on scoring touchdowns as Gino Hinton scampered 65 yards into the end zone.
Yet another defensive stop for Wilmington gave the offense back the ball for the final drive of the first half. The hosts used all but a few seconds left of the 4-minute game clock to drive into field goal range, but the 30-yard attempt sailed wide right.
Wilmington took its 28-10 lead into halftime after playing a near-perfect offensive half.
The offensive flow of the game continued into the third quarter as both teams utilized their respective passing attacks to score on the opening possession.
With the score 35-17, Ohio Northern took over and fed the ball to All-American Christiaan Williams. That resulted in the Polar Bear offense scoring and setting up quarterback Anthony McFadden through the air.
Ohio Northern came all the way back from 18 points down to take a 38-35 lead with 9:41 to play in the fourth quarter.
Capital entered the game winless, but its offense was bolstered by the return of the program's career receptions leader.
The first three drives could not have gone better for the Quakers. The Wilmington defensive unit force three consecutive 3-and-outs, and the offense found pay dirt on a three of its drives.
Kyle Barrett found Itika Wynn Jr. (pictured left) for a 40-yard score on the first drive, Gino Hinton ran for a 30-yard touchdown on the second and Barrett hit Deshawn Maddox for a 17-yard score on the third.
In just over 10 minutes of game time, Wilmington had built itself a 21-0 lead.
Capital would score on its next two drives, but as the second quarter opened, the Wilmington offense showed no signs of letting up either.
Another Barrett found Richardson for a score and followed that up with another hookup to Wynn Jr.
Deshawn Maddox pictured with fellow wide receiver Ace Taylor after catching a touchdown late in the first quarter.
Itika Wynn Jr. catching the final touchdown of the first half.
Wilmington took a 34-14 lead into halftime.