10.8.11 FOOTBALL: Despite Record Day From Steve Smith, Cavs Fall in Two OTs to St. Francis

Football, 2011-10-08

(Canton, OH) Despite a Walsh record six touchdowns from tailback Steve Smith (So., 5-10, 197, Norton, OH/HS)(pictured left), Walsh (1-5) fell 42-41 in two overtimes to NAIA No. 7 University of Saint Francis (4-1). The win was the 14th straight for USF over the Cavs. Walsh is home next Saturday to rival Malone University at 6 pm at Fawcett Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on News-Talk 640 WHLO and will be televised on delay by SportsTime Ohio.

Saint Francis scored on the games first possession when Antion Campbell scored from three yards out. It was the first of four TD runs Campbell. Campbell and Smith would tally 11 of the games 12 touchdowns. Campbell also caught a TD pass. Walsh answered the Campbell score when Smith scored from two yards out to tie game at the 6:40 mark of the first quarter. The first half would end 7-7.

Walsh took their first lead at the 12:11 mark of second period when Smith scored on a four-yard run. The high-scoring Cougars would then regroup and score on their next three possessions to take a 28-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Smith would score twice, once at the 13:53 mark on a two-yard, and then again to tie the game on another two-yard run with 3:04 to play to send the game into overtime tied at 28.

USF drew first blood in the overtime period when Armando Bustamante caught a 19-yard TD pass from Justin Boser. The Cougar PAT gave them a 35-28 overtime lead. Walsh would face a fourth and eight on the USF 23-yard line when Jim Shiplett (Sr., 6-3, 199, Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) scrambled 11 yards to the USF 12-yard line for a first down to keep the Cavs alive. Smith would then carry twice for six yards to pull Walsh to within a PAT of sending the game to another period. Bo Beegle (R-Fr., 5-9, 190, Beloit, OH/West Branch) would convert, and the game was tied at 35.

Walsh would take a 41-35 lead when Smith scored his sixth TD of the day on a six-yard. Beegle attempt for the point after was a line drive that was wide left, and Walsh was left leading by only six.

Saint Francis would take advantage, and Campbell scored on a four-yard run to tie the game. Emerson Ueber then kicked the game winning extra point and the Cougars escaped with a 42-41 win.

Smith and Campbell had great individual games. Smith rushed for a career high 165 yards and a Walsh record six touchdowns, while Campbell rushed for 159 yards and caught three passes for 70 yards, one a 61-yard TD.

USF's Justin Boser completed 24 of 38 passes for 299 yards, while Walsh's Jim Shiplett was 11-20 for 151 yards. Walsh's Anthony Schrock (R-Fr., 6-3, 215, Wadsworth, OH/HS/Akron) returned to action after missing four games with a broken hand and caught five passes for 102 yards.