10.5.13 FOOTBALL: Panthers Remain Unbeaten; Upend Cavs

Football, 2013-10-05


(CANTON, Ohio) Walsh (1-4, 1-3) gave NCAA ll 23rd ranked Ohio Dominican University (5-0, 4-0) all they could handle before falling 33-20 in a weather delayed game at Fawcett Stadium tonight. The loss was the third straight for the Cavs, who look to get back into the win column next Saturday when they meet rival Malone University for the Dick Gallagher/John Bankert Memorial Trophy at Fawcett Stadium at 2 pm.  It is Malone's home game. The game will be broadcast live on 95.9 The Light, WNPQ.

Walsh kept ODU's high powered offense in check in the first quarter and led 7-0 after one. Walsh took a 7-0 lead when Paul Kempe (6-190, Jr., Girard, OH/Ursuline) scored on a four-yard run to complete a 12-play 80-yard drive.

ODU tied the game in the second period when Mark Miller connected with Ronald McCloud for a four-yard score at the 9:31 mark.

Walsh answered, and regained the lead when Kempe hit Matt Matuska (6-0, 190, R-Fr., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) from three-yards out to gave the Cavs a 14-7 with 5:38 to play in the half.

ODU's Brent Wahle would kick a couple of field goals (45, 36 yards), but Walsh led 14-13 at the half.

The Panthers scored on their first possession of second half to take their first lead of the game when Wahle connected from 36 yards out at 13:33 of the third quarter. The Panthers then extended the lead to 23-14 at the 1:07 mark of the third period when Mark Nichols scored on a six-yard run, and took the nine-point lead into the fourth period.

After Wahle kicked his fourth field goal (38 yards) of the game to give the visitors a 26-14 lead with 13:26 to play, a lightning strike delayed the game for over an hour.

Play resumed at 9:45 pm with Walsh trailing 26-14. On the first play from scrimmage, Walsh's Justin Keith (6-2, 230, Jr., Canton, OH/South) connected with Jerald Robinson (6-2, 230, Jr.., Canton, OH/South/Michigan) on a halfback option for a 75-yard score to make it a one-score game at 26-20.

Walsh would get a stop on the next possession, but was unable to move the ball and regain the lead.  ODU put the finishing touches on the game when Mark Nichols scored on a one-yard run with 4:11 to play.

Kempe was just about the entire offensive attack for the Cavs, passing for 179 yards, and rushing for 100 yards. He connected on 23-45 passes and hooked up with Jeremy Willison (5-11, 180, So., Zanesville, OH/Rosecrans) five times for 31 yards.

Ohio Dominican's one-two punch of Mark Nichols (135 yards) and Brandon Schoen (123 yards) rushed for 258 yards. Miller completed 23 of 35 passes for 249 yards.  Ronald McClould caught a game-high 10 passes for 97 yards.

ODU outgained the Cavs 511-370.