2003 Archive

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Cavs Start Spring Football, Life Without Besgrove and Brink

Spring ball started for the Walsh University Football Team and for the first time in four years, without offensive stalwarts Derek Besgrove top right and Chris Brink bottom right. Besgrove finished his Walsh career as the Cavs, and the NAIA's all-time rushing leader with 5,738 yards and Brink as the finest pass catcher in Cavs' history. Both were selected first team NAIA All-American this past season, a season in which the Cavs finished 8-3 for the third consecutive season. On the defensive of the ball, the Cavs lost two First Team All Mid-States Football Association interior linemen in Anthony Quinn and Andy Berkowitz and leading tackle, linebacker Jay Racick. The Cavs return 42 letterwinners from the 2003 season. The Cavs started football in 1995 and have never had a losing season.

"Our goal this spring is to thoroughly evaluate our returners and be sure that we get our best 22 players on the field," exclaimed Head Coach Jim Dennison (63-33, 9 yrs.) "We also want to give our people a good look on special teams. Offensively, we expect a tailback or two or emerge and we need to make decisions on our receivers (WR & TE). We have good people and we expect the best to surface after 10 days. Defensively, we return good defensive backs and linebackers. We need to look at the nose and tackle positions very carefully. This should be an exciting spring with a great deal of competition. We're confident that with hard work this spring, the winning tradition will continue."

The team will scrimmage three times, all at Canton Central Catholic High School. The first scrimmage is Saturday, March 27th at 9 a.m. The Cavs second scrimmage is Saturday April 3rd and 9 a.m. and the final scrimmage is Tuesday, April 6th at 4 p.m. All are open to the public and free of charge.

Thursday, January 15, 2004

Cavs Place Five Players on MSFA All-Academic Team

The Walsh University Football Team placed five players on the Mid-States Football Association All-Academic Team for 2003. Matt Beebe (OLB, Jr., Perry Township, OH/Perry), Bob Graham (OL, Jr., Akron, OH/Garfield), Anthony Katschke (OLB, Jr., Oregon, OH/Clay), Mike Norris (DL, Jr., Louisville, OH) and Jarred Zapolnik (OLB, Sr., Steubenville, OH/HS) have been selected. Katschke and Zapolnik were also selected as Daktronics-NAIA All-America Scholar-Athletes earlier this week.

Beebe is an education major and carries a 3.41 grade point average (GPA). Graham is an education major and has a 3.26 GPA. Katschke is an education major and carries a 3.55 GPA. Norris is an education major and has a 3.36 GPA and Zapolnik is an education major and has a 3.73 GPA. Zapolnik is making his third appearance on the MSFA All-Academic Team.

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Besgrove, Brink First Team NAIA All-American/Besgrove NAIA All-Time Rushing Leading/Winkler, Racick Honorable Mention

Walsh University tailback Derek Besgrove (6-2, 214, Sr., Oregon, OH/Clay) top right and tight end Chris Brink (6-4, 227, Sr., Wadsworth, OH/HS) bottom right have been named first team NAIA All-American. Besgrove earned second team honors last season and was honorable mention as a freshman (2000). It has also been announced that Besgrove has become the NAIA's career rushing leader with 5,738 yards. Brink is making his first appearance on the first team, after being named honorable mention each of the last three years. Linebacker Jay Racick (6-1, 240, Sr., Girard, OH/HS) and offensive guard Mike Winkler (6-3, 240, Sr., Barberton, OH/HS) were selected honorable mention All-American and Anthony Katschke (OLB, 6-5, 205, Jr., Oregon, OH/Clay) and Jarred Zapolnik (OLB, 6-2, 204, Sr., Steubenville, OH/HS) were selected as Daktronics-NAIA All-America Scholar-Athletes.

Besgrove, a first team Mid-States Football Association selection and MSFA Mideast Player of the Year this past season, led the MSFA with 1,781 yards and 22 touchdowns. Besgrove averaged 5.3 yards per carry and averaged 161.9 yards per game. He finishes his Walsh career with a NAIA record 5,738 yards, eclipsing a record held by Lambuth University's JoJo Jones. He reached the endzone a Walsh record 71 times and was a four-time first team MSFA Mideast selection.

Brink completed his career as the finest pass catcher in Cavs' history. A four-time first team MSFA Mideast choice, Brink caught 45 passes for 816 yards and nine TDs this season. For his career, he caught 151 passes for 2,641 yards and 31 TDs, all Walsh records. Racick, who also earned honorable mention recognition last season, led the Cavs in tackles (106) for the second straight season and is second in career tackles with 304. He was also a member of the MSFA Mideast's first team. Winkler, who earned honorable mention recognition for the first time, was also a first team MSFA Mideast selection.

Katschke and Zapolnik were two of the 180 athletes who earned scholar-athlete recognition. Katschke is an education major and carries a 3.55 grade point average. Zapolnik, who also earned scholar-athlete honors last season, is an education major with a 3.73 grade point average.

Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Besgrove Mideast MSFA Player of the Year, Cavs Place 15 on All-League Team

Walsh University tailback Derek Besgrove (6-2, 214, Sr., Oregon, OH/Clay) top right has been selected as the Mideast Mid-States Football Association Player of the Year for the second straight season. The Cavs tailback, also a first team selection, led the Mid-States with 1,781 yards and 22 touchdowns. Besgrove averaged 5.3 yards per carry and averaged 161.9 yards per game. He finishes his Walsh career with a record 5,738 yards and 71 touchdowns. He was a first team MSFA selection all four years and the top vote getter all four years. Besgrove was one of 15 Cavaliers to earn all-league accolades.

Joining him on the first team offense are Chris Brink (TE, 6-4, 227, Sr., Wadsworth, OH/HS) bottom right and offensive lineman Mike Winkler (OG, 6-3, 240, Sr., Barberton, OH/HS) and Nathan Millard (OT, 6-3, 200, Sr., Akron, OH/Lake). Alex Gray (6-1, 195, Jr., Cleveland, OH/Orange) was selected as a return specialist and Mike Lum (6-3, 235, Fr., North Canton, OH/Hoover) as the teams' place kicker. Brink completed his career as the finest pass catcher in Cavs' history. A four-time first team choice, Brink caught 45 passes for 816 yards and nine TDs this season. For his career, he caught 151 passes for 2,641 yards and 31 TDs, all Walsh records. Winkler at guard and Millard at tackle, are making their first appearance on the first team. Both were instrumental in opening holes for Besgrove and protecting the passer. Alex Gray led the Mid-States in punt returns averaging 13.4 per return. Lum, who was on the Cavs soccer roster last year, connected on 11-14 field goal attempts and 40-45 extra points.

The first team defense consisted of interior linemen Andy Berkowitz (6-3, 265, Sr., Akron, OH/Barberton) Anthony Quinn (6-1, 270, Sr., Elyria, OH/HS), inside linebacker Jay Racick (6-1, 240, Sr., Girard, OH/HS) and defensive back Darryl Lyons (6-0, 185, Jr., Toledo, OH/Waite). Berkowitz, a first team selection last season, led the Cavs with nine sacks and is the all-time leader with 26 1/2. He also led the Cavs this past season with 17 1/2 tackles for a loss. Quinn, a second team selection last season, recorded 53 tackles and 5 1/2 for a loss. Racick, a first team selection last season, led the Cavs in tackles (106) for the second straight season and is second in career tackles with 304. Lyons recorded 51 tackles; broke-up three passes, recovered a fumble, blocked a kick and had an interception.

The Cavs placed three players on the second team. Dan Kane (6-4, 210, So., Bolivar, OH/Tusky Valley), in his first year as starting quarterback, was joined by outside linebacker Matt Beebe (6-3, 210, Jr., Perry Township, OH/Perry) and defensive back George Theodoris (6-3, 175, Sr., Fort Myers, FL/HS). Kane passed for 1,590 yards and 12 TDs. Beebe, a second team selection last season, had eight sacks, 14 tackles for a loss and 53 total tackles. Theodoris was fourth in tackles with 72. He also had an interception and broke-up four passes.

Fullback Josh Stutzman (6-1, 240, Sr., Lehigh, FL/HS) and defensive end Mike Norris (6-5, 240, Jr., Louisville, OH/HS) were selected honorable mention. Stutzman scored six touchdowns and averaged 8.3 yards per carry in gaining 249 yards on 30 carries. His main role was as a blocking back for Besgrove. Norris recorded 57 tackles, 11 for a loss with six sacks.

Walsh finished the season 8-3 overall and 5-1 in the Mideast.

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Cavs 22nd in Final NAIA Rankings

Walsh finished 22nd in the final NAIA Top 25 football poll. The Cavs dropped three places after their loss (41-24) to fifth ranked Saint Francis (Ind.) (10-0, 6-0) on Saturday. Walsh finished the season 8-3 overall and 5-1 in the Mideast of the Mid-States Football Association.

Monday, November 17, 2003

(9-2, 5-1) Cavs Fall in Title Game to Saint Francis/Fail To Qualify For Playoffs

For the fifth straight season, the University of Saint Francis (10-0, 6-0) defeated Walsh (8-3, 5-1) to win the Mid-States Football Association's Mideast title. The Cougars, who completed their fourth undefeated season, beat the Cavs 41-24 at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday and once again denied the Cavs their first playoff berth. The NAIA fifth ranked Cougars intercepted five Walsh passes to spearhead the win. Alan Ganaway picked off Walsh's Dan Kane (So., Bolivar, OH/Tusky Valley) three times and returned one 62 yards for a score. It was that play that turned the tide for the Cougars in the second half. Walsh had just regained the lead at 24-20 on a six-yard run by Derek Besgrove (Sr., Oregon, OH/Clay) with 8:18 to play in the third period. Walsh then forced a three and out and had the ball again. But Ganaway intercepted Kane on a third down and returned it for a score to give Saint Francis the lead for good. The Cougars outscored the Cavs 14-0 in the fourth quarter.

Walsh built a 17-7 lead and looked primed to take a 17-14 lead into the locker room, when the Cougars struck after an interception in the waning seconds of the half. Ganaway intercepted Kane on the USF 31 yard with 24 seconds left in the half. Mike Ledo rushed for 12 yards and first down to the USF 43. Chris Brammel then hit Greg Seiss on a 55-yard bomb to the Walsh two-yard line with three seconds left. The Cougars then captured the lead (20-17) at the half on a two-yard pass from Brammell to Curt Garwood.

Walsh's Derek Besgrove rushed for 167 yards in his final game as a Cavalier. He finishes the year with 1,781 yards and with 5,738 career yards. He is Walsh's all-time rushing leader. Besgrove reached the end zone 22 times this season and scored 71 career TDs, both all-time records. Chris Brink (Sr., Wadsworth, OH/HS) caught a touchdown pass and finishes his Walsh career with 151 catches and 31 touchdowns, both first on the all-time list.

Saturday, November 15, 2003

Saint Francis Beats Cavs Again

For the fifth straight season, the University of Saint Francis (10-0, 6-0) has beaten Walsh University (8-3, 5-1) to win the Mid-States Football Association's Mideast title. The Cougars, who completed their fourth undefeated season, beat the Cavs 41-24 at Fawcett Stadium today. The NAIA fifth ranked Cougars intercepted five Walsh passes to spearhead the win. Alan Ganaway picked off Walsh's Dan Kane three times and returned one 62 yards for a score. It was that play that turned the tide for the Cougars in the second. Walsh had just regained the lead at 24-20 on a six-yard run by Derek Besgrove with 8:18 to play in the third period. Walsh then forced a three and out and had the ball again. But it was Ganaway on a third down play for the pick, which gave Saint Francis the lead for good. They would outscore the Cavs 14-0 in the fourth quarter.

Walsh built a 17-7 lead and looked primed to take a 17-14 lead into the locker room, when the Cougars struck after an interception in the waning seconds of the half. Ganaway intercepted Kane on the USF 31 yard with 24 seconds left in the half. Mike Ledo rushed for 12 yards and first down to the USF 43. Chris Brammel then hit Greg Seiss on a 55-yard bomb to the Walsh two yard line with three seconds left. The Cougars then captured the lead (20-17) at the half on a two-yard pass from Brammell to Curt Garwood.

Walsh's Derek Besgrove rushed for 167 yards in his final game as a Cavalier. He finished the year with 1,781 yards and with 5,738 for his career as Walsh's all-time rushing leader.

Tuedsday, November 11, 2003

Cavs Jump to 19th in Latest NAIA Poll

Walsh (8-2, 5-0) jumped two notches to 19th in the latest NAIA top 25. Walsh defeated Urbana 41-3 on Saturday. The Cavs meet NAIA fifth ranked Saint Francis (9-0, 5-0) for the Mideast, Mid-States Football Association title on Saturday at Fawcett Stadium in the regular season finale for the both teams. Game time is 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on News-Talk 640 WHLO.

Monday, November 10, 2003

Alex Gray MSFA Mideast Defensive Player of the Week

Safety Alex Gray (Jr., Cleveland, OH/Orange) bottom right has been named the Mid-States Football Association Mideast Defensive Player of the Week. Gray recorded seven tackles (six solo), broke-up two passes and intercepted a pass and returned it 58 yards for a score in Walsh's 41-3 win at Urbana on Saturday. Gray is the seventh Cavalier to capture player of week honors this season.

Monday, November 10, 2003

(8-2, 5-0) Cavs Rout Urbana 41-3/Meet Saint Francis (Ind.) For Title

NAIA 21st ranked Walsh kept its Mideast, Mid-States Football Association title hopes alive with a 41-3 rout of Urbana on Saturday. Walsh, 8-2 overall and 5-0 in the Mideast, will host Saint Francis (Ind.) (9-0, 5-0) for the MSFA Mideast championship at 1 p.m. at Fawcett Stadium this Saturday. If Walsh wins they will qualify for the NAIA playoffs for the first time. The game will be broadcast live on News-Talk 640 WHLO.

Sophomore quarterback Dan Kane (Bolivar, OH/Tusky Valley) top right passed for one score and ran for another, while completing 11 passes for 216 yards. Kane hit Chris Brink (Sr., Wadsworth, OH/HS) for a 34 yard score in the first quarter to give Walsh their first TD. He also scored on a one-yard run in the fourth quarter. Kane was 6-9 in the second half for 115 yards. Mike Lum (Fr., North Canton, OH/Hoover), who kicked four field goals in the Cavs 18-12 loss to Gannon last week, booted two more field goals (40, 24-yards). Safety Alex Gray (Jr., Cleveland, OH/Orange) intercepted a Blue Knight pass and returned it 58 yards for a score in the third quarter. Walsh led 10-0 after one quarter, 20-0 at the half and 27-3 after three quarters.

The Cavs compiled 446 yards of total offense, 230 yards on the ground and 216 yards through the air. The NAIA's leading rusher, Derek Besgrove (Sr., Oregon, OH/Clay), rushed for 91 yards on 25 carries. He left the game midway through the third quarter and carried the ball only twice in the second half. Besgrove has 1,614 yards for the season. Freshman Artice Walton (Cleveland Hts., OH/Chanel) rushed for 53 yards, senior Josh Stutzman (Sr., Lehigh, FL/HS) gained 41 yards and scored on a two-yard run and Chase Hostetler (Fr., New Philadelphia, OH/HS) gained 33 yards. Chris Brink led the Cavs with five catches for 132 yards.

The Cavs and Saint Francis have met for the Mideast title in each of the last four years. The Cougars have won each meeting. They remained unbeaten in the Mideast after beating Quincy 34-13 ond Saturday. The Cougars scored 20 unanswered points in the second half to nail down the win over Quincy. Fullback Mike Ledo rushed for 101 yards and quarterback Chris Brammel passed for 198 yards and three scores. Brammel leads the MSFA in total offense and touchdown passes (20). He has been intercepted only five times. Saint Francis leads the MSFA in scoring, averaging 43.8 points. USF leads the series with the Cavs 4-1. Walsh's only win came in the first meeting, 44-41 in overtime at Saint Francis in 1998. They beat the Cavs 40-29 at Saint Francis last year.

Saturday, November 8, 2003

Cavs Rout Urbana 41-3

NAIA 21st ranked Walsh kept its Mideast, Mid-States Football Association title hopes alive with a 41-3 rout of Urbana today. Walsh, 8-2 overall and 5-0 in the Mideast, will host Saint Francis (Ind.) (9-0, 5-0) for the MSFA Mideast championship at 1 p.m. at Fawcett Stadium next Saturday.

Sophomore quarterback Dan Kane (Bolivar, OH/Tusky Valley) passed for one score and ran for another, while completing 11 passes for 216 yards. Kane hit Chris Brink (Sr., Wadsworth, OH/HS) for a 34 yard score in the first quarter to give Walsh their first TD. He also scored on a one-yard run in the fourth quarter. Kane was 6-9 in the second half for 115 yards. Mike Lum (Fr., North Canton, OH/Hoover), who kicked four field goals in the Cavs 18-12 loss to Gannon last week, booted two more field goals (40, 24-yards) today. Safety Alex Gray (Jr., Cleveland, OH/Orange) intercepted a Blue Knight pass and returned it 58 yards for a score in the third quarter. Walsh led 10-0 after one quarter, 20-0 at the half and 27-3 after three quarters.

The Cavs compiled 446 yards of total offense, 230 yards on the ground and 216 yards through the air. The NAIA's leading rusher, Derek Besgrove (Sr., Oregon, OH/Clay), rushed for 91 yards on 25 carries. He left the game midway through the third quarter and carried the ball only twice in the second half. Freshman Artice Walton (Cleveland Hts., OH/Chanel) rushed for 53 yards, senior Josh Stutzman (sr., Lehigh, FL/HS) gained 41 yards and scored on a two-yard run and Chase Hostetler (Fr., New Philadelphia, OH/HS) gained 33 yards. Chris Brink led the Cavs with five catches for 132 yards.

The Cavs and Saint Francis have met for the Mideast title in each of the last four years. The Cougars have won each meeting. They remained unbeaten in the Mideast after beating Quincy 34-13 today. USF leads the series with the Cavs 4-1. Walsh's only win came in the first meeting, 44-41 in overtime at Saint Francis in 1998. They beat the Cavs 40-29 at Saint Francis last year.

Tuesday, November 4, 2003

Cavs Fall To 21st

Walsh fell four notches to 21st in the latest NAIA Top 25. Walsh (7-2) dropped after losing 18-12 to NCAA ll Gannon (7-1) on Saturday. Walsh is at Urbana for a Mideast Mid-States Football Association game on Saturday. The Cavs are tied for first place at 4-0 with NAIA 5th ranked Saint Francis (8-0. 4-0). Walsh will host Saint Francis on November 15th in the regular season finale.

Saturday, November 1, 2003

Gannon Edges Cavs 18-12

Walsh's five game winning streak came to an end, when they were defeated 18-12 by Gannon University (7-1) at Fawcett Stadium today. The loss dropped the Cavs to 7-2 on the season. The win was the seventh straight for the Golden Knights. Gannon scored the winning TD with only 23 seconds to play, when Darmel Whitfield connected with Pat Cain for a 13-yard score. Walsh had taken a 12-10 lead with 3:39 to play on Michael Lum's 27-yard field goal, his fourth of the day. Despite having just 23-seconds to play, Walsh had a chance to win the game on the final play. Two passes from Walsh's Dan Kane to Chris Brink and a pass interference penalty moved the ball to the Gannon 16 yard line with no time remaining. Kane then found Brink in the corner of the end zone, but the pass slipped through his hands.

Gannon held the NAIA's top rusher, Derek Besgrove to a season low 40-yards rushing on 28 carries. Kane passed for 216-yards and Brink caught eight passes for 230-yards. Gannon's Darmel Whitfield passed for 251 yards, with Sam Culberth catching six passes for 72 yards.

Walsh (7-2, 4-0) is at Urbana next Saturday for a Mid-States Football Association Mideast game at 1:30 p.m. The Cavs have to win the final two games to qualify for the NAIA playoffs for the first time.

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Despite 5th Straight Win, Cavs Fall One Spot in NAIA Top 25

Despite winning their fifth consecutive game on Saturday night against Geneva, Walsh (7-1, 4-0) fell one spot to 17th in the latest NAIA Top 25 poll. The Cavs were 17th two weeks ago, and climbing to 16th last week. This Saturday, Walsh meets Gannon (6-1) at 11 a.m. at Fawcett Stadium. Gannon is NCAA division two.

Monday, October 27, 2003

Berkowitz Named MSFA Mideast Defensive Player of the Week

Andy Berkowitz (Sr., Akron, OH/Barberton) has been named Mid-States Football Association Mideast Defensive Player of the Week. Berkowitz recorded eight tackles, seven for a loss and had four sacks in Walsh's 28-21 MSFA Mideast win over Geneva College on Saturday night at Fawcett Stadium. Berkowitz, who leads the Cavs with eight sacks this season, is the all-time leader with 25 1/2. He also leads the team with 14 1/2 tackles for a loss.

This Saturday the Cavs (7-1) host NCAA ll Gannon (6-1) at 11 a.m. at Fawcett Stadium in a non-conference game.

Monday, October 27, 2003

Cavs Sack Geneva 28-21/Host Gannon Next

Walsh sacked Geneva quarterback Ben Swallow eight times on their way to a 28-21 win over the Golden Tornadoes in a Mid-States Football Association Mideast game on Saturday night at Fawcett Stadium. Over 3,200 fans watched the Cavs, as they improved to 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the Mideast. Walsh is in sole possession of first place in the Mideast, one-half game ahead of Saint Francis (3-0). The win was the fifth straight for the NAIA 16th ranked Cavs. This Saturday, they host NCAA ll Gannon (6-1) at 11 a.m. at Fawcett Stadium.

The Cavs defense recorded eight sacks, one shy of a team record. Andy Berkowitz (Sr., Akron, OH/Barberton), the Cavs all-time sack leader, had four sacks and Mike Norris (Jr., Louisville, OH/HS) recorded two. Berkowitz, who had eight tackles, seven for a loss, also leads the Cavs with eight sacks. Linebacker Brian Rogers (So., Kent, OH/Roosevelt) and Jay Racick (Sr., Girard, OH/HS) each had 12 tackles, as did defensive back George Theodoris (Sr., Fort Myers, FL.HS). Fullback Josh Stutzman (Sr., Lehigh, FL/HS) TOP RIGHT scored two touchdowns (3, 2 yards), including the game winner with 7:58 to play in the fourth quarter. The final Stutzman score snapped a 21-21 tie. Derek Besgrove (Sr., Oregon, OH/Clay) rushed for 166-yards and scored on a six-yard run. But it was Besgrove's 50-yard run late in the first half that enabled Walsh to tie the game at the half at 14-all. After Geneva had taken a 14-7 lead on a four-yard run by Barry Baker, Besgrove raced to the Geneva 15-yard line with 30 seconds to play in the half. Walsh then tied the game on an 11-yard pass from Dan Kane (So., Bolivar, OH/Tusky Valley) to Chris Brink (Sr., Wadsworth, OH/HS) with 18 seconds left in the first half. The teams traded third quarter scores on Besgrove's run, which gave Walsh a 21-14 lead and a three-yard run by Josh Mullen that tied the game for Geneva. The win was the third straight for the Cavs over the Golden Tornadoes.

Derek Besgrove leads the MSFA in rushing with 1,483 yards and with 20 touchdowns for 126 points. Besgrove has rushed for over 100-yards in a single game 28 times, rushed for 5,440 career yards and reached the endzone 64 times.

Red-hot Gannon University (6-1) comes to Walsh on the strength of a six-game winning streak. Their last loss came in their season opener, 38-21 at Wayne State. The Golden Knights were idle last week, their last win was a 51-20 triumph over the University of Charleston on October 18th. Gannon, ranked 7th in the latest Eastern College Athletic Conference poll, average 34.4 points per game and have allowed 19.9 ppg. Senior quarterback Darmel Whitfield and running back Ron Bailey have carried the load offensively. Bailey has rushed for 613-yards and scored six TDs. Whitfield has rushed for 533-yards and passed for 1,479-yards. He has scored six TDs and passed for 15 others. Sam Culberth is his favorite receiver with 29 catches for five TDs. Walsh leads the series 2-1, but wasted a 17-0 halftime lead last season and fell 21-17 at Gannon. The Cavs also entered last year's game with a 7-1 record.

Saturday, October 25, 2003

Walsh Downs Genvea 28-21

Walsh improved to 4-0 in the Mid-States Football Association and 7-1 overall after downing Geneva (4-3, 2-2) 28-21 at Fawcett Stadium tonight. The win was the fifth straight for the Cavs. Walsh's Josh Stutzman right (Sr., Lehigh, FL/HS) scored two touchdowns (3, 2 yards), including the game winner with 7:58 to play in the fourth quarter. The final Stutzman score snapped a 21-21 tie. Derek Besgrove (Sr., Oregon, OH/Clay) rushed for 166-yards and scored on a six-yard run. Besgrove's 50-yard run late in the first half enabled Walsh to tie the game at the half at 14 all. Besgrove raced to the Geneva 15-yard line with 30 seconds to play in the half. Walsh then tied the game on an 11-yard pass from Dan Kane (So., Bolivar, OH/Tusky Valley) to Chris Brink (Sr., Wadsworth, OH/HS) with 18 seconds left in the half.

The teams traded third quarter scores on Besgrove's six-yard run and a three-yard run by Geneva's Josh Mullen that tied the game at 21.

The Cavs defense recorded eight sacks, one shy of a team record. Andy Berkowitz (Sr., Akron, OH/Barberton), the Cavs all-time sack leader, had four sacks and eight tackles. Mike Norris (Jr., Louisville, OH/HS) also recorded two sacks.

Walsh is home to Gannon next week at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Cavs Move To 16th in Latest NAIA Rankings

Walsh (6-1, 3-0) climbed one spot to 16th in the latest NAIA top 25 rankings. The Cavs bested Taylor 40-0 last Saturday. This Saturday, the Cavs host Geneva (4-2, 2-1) in a Mid-States Football Association Mideast game at 6:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on News-Talk 640 WHLO.

Monday, October 20, 2003

Kane Named MSFA Mideast Offensive Player of the Week

Sophomore quarterback Dan Kane (Bolivar, OH/Tusky Valley) right has been named the Mideast, Mid-States Football Association Offensive Player of the Week. Kane completed 14 of 21 passes for 220-yards and two touchdowns in Walsh's 40-0 win at Taylor on Saturday. Kane set a Walsh record when completed 11 passes in a row during a stretch late in the first half, when he led the Cavs to their final score of the half. He connected on TD passes of 14 and eight-yards to Chris Brink (Sr., Wadsworth, OH/HS).

Walsh is home to Geneva this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Fawcett Stadium.

Monday, October 20, 2003

Cavs Blank Taylor 40-0

Walsh held Taylor to 72-yards total offense in their 40-0 win in Upland, Indiana on Saturday. The win, the third straight for the Cavs, improved their record to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the Mideast of the Mid-States Football Association. The 17th ranked Cavs host Geneva this Saturday night at Fawcett Stadium at 6:30 p.m. Geneva (4-2, 2-1) routed Quincy 52-28 in a MSFA Mideast game in Beaver Falls, PA on Saturday. The Walsh-Geneva game will be broadcast live on News-Talk 640 WHLO.

The Cavs boasted many offensive stars in their win over Taylor. Derek Besgrove (Sr. Oregon, OH/Clay) rushed for 186-yards and scored two touchdowns, scoring on runs of 23 and 59-yards. Sophomore quarterback Dan Kane (Bolivar, OH/Tusky Valley) completed 14 of 21 passes for 220-yards and two touchdowns. Kane completed 11 passes in a row during a stretch late in the first half. He connected on TD passes of 14 and eight-yards to Chris Brink (Sr., Wadsworth, OH/HS). Brink also caught a 10-yard pass from Devon Singleton (Fr., Senecaville, OH/Meadowbrook) in the fourth quarter. Wide receiver Adam Copeland (Sr., Wadsworth, OH/HS) caught eight passes for 91-yards. Besgrove has rushed for 1,317 yards and scored 20 TD's this season. He has rushed for 5,274 career yards, scored 63 TD's and rushed for over 100-yards in a single game 27 times. The Cavs defense held Taylor to six first downs and minus six-yards rushing. They also sacked the quarterback five times in the win. Outside linebacker Matt Beebe (Jr., Perry Township, OH/Perry) recorded nine tackles, four for a loss, with two sacks. The shutout was the second of the season for the Cavs.

Geneva raced to a 38-0 third quarter lead in their win over Quincy. The Golden Tornadoes scored 45-points combined in the second and third quarters. Quarterback Ben Swallow, from West Branch High School, leads their attack. Swallow has completed 52% of his passes for 928-yards and seven touchdowns. He was 12-22 for 235-yards and two scores against Quincy. Wide receiver Matt Nowaczynski has been his favorite target with 36 catches for 475-yards and six TDs. Geneva leads the all-time series 6-2, but the Cavs have won the last two meetings. Walsh won 31-7 at Fawcett Stadium last season.

Saturday, October 18, 2003

Cavs Blank Taylor 40-0

Walsh held Taylor to 72 yards of total offense, on their way to 40-0 win in Upland, Indiana today. The win, the third straight for the Cavs, improved their record to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the Mideast of the Mid-States Football Association. The 17th ranked Cavs host Geneva next Saturday night at Fawcett Stadium at 6:30 p.m. Geneva (4-2, 2-1) routed Quincy 52-28 today in a MSFA Mideast game in Beaver Falls, PA.

The Cavs boasted many offensive stars in their 40-0 win over Taylor. Derek Besgrove (Sr. Oregon, OH/Clay) rushed for 186-yards and two touchdowns, scoring on runs of 23 and 59-yards. Sophomore quarterback Dan Kane (Bolivar, OH/Tusky Valley) completed 14 of 21 passes for 220-yards and two touchdowns. Kane completed 11 passes in a row during a stretch late in the first half. He connected on TD passes of 14 and eight-yards to Chris Brink (Sr., Wadsworth, OH/HS). Brink also caught a 10-yard pass from Devon Singleton (Fr., Senecaville, OH/Meadowbrook) in the fourth quarter. Wide receiver Adam Copeland (Sr., Wadsworth, OH/HS) caught eight passes for 93-yards.

Besgrove has rushed for 1,317 yards and scored 20 TD's this season. He has rushed for 5,274 career yards, scored 63 TD's and rushed for over 100-yards in a single game 27 times.

The Cavs defense held Taylor to six first downs and minus six-yards rushing. They also sacked the quarterback five times in the win. The shutout was the second of the season for the Cavs.

Tuesday, October 28

Cavs Climb to 17th in NAIA Poll

Walsh (5-1, 2-0) climbed two spots to 17th in the latest NAIA top 25 rankings. The Cavs out-scored Quincy 49-28 last Saturday. This Saturday, the Cavs travel to Upland, Indiana to meet Taylor (1-5, 0-2) in a Mid-States Football Association Mideast game at 2:30 p.m. (Ohio time). The game will be broadcast live on News-Talk 640 WHLO.

Monday, October 13, 2003

Cavs Outscore Quincy 49-28/Beebe Player of Week/Berkowitz Sets Sack Mark/Besgrove Scored Four More TDs

NAIA 19th ranked Walsh improved to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the Mid-States Football Association Mideast after outscoring Quincy 49-28 at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday. The Cavs Derek Besgrove (St., Oregon, OH/Clay) rushed for 196-yards and scored four TDs, Matt Beebe (Jr., Perry Township, Perry) top right was named Mideast MFSA Defensive Player of the Week and Andy Berkowitz (Sr., Akron, OH/Barberton) bottom right set a new mark for career sacks.

But for the Cavs, it was not as easy as the final score indicates. For the second straight week the Cavs fell behind 14-0, before getting on the board. Trailing 14-0 late in the first quarter, Walsh 's Anthony Katschke (Sr., Oregon, OH/Clay) blocked and recovered a punt at the 20-yard line to setup Walsh's first score. Besgrove then scored the first of four straight touchdowns to get the Cavs back in the game when he scored from five-yards out. A fumble recovery by Beebe set-up the Cavs second TD, when he recovered a loose ball at the Walsh 20-yard line. Besgrove then scored on a 21-yard run at the 11:27 of the second period. Walsh missed the extra point and trailed 14-13. After a Quincy punt, it was Besgrove again, this time an 80-yard gallop to give Walsh their first lead. Dan Kane (So., Bolivar, OH/Tusky Valley) then hit Chris Brink (Sr., Wadsworth, OH/HS) for the two-point conversion and Walsh led 21-14. The two teams then traded turnovers late in the half, with Walsh capitalizing on an Allen Reddick (Jr, Punta Gorda, FL/North Fort Myers) interception on the Quincy 22-yard line with 3:38 to play in the half. Besgrove capped off the half with a two-yard TD run and Walsh led 28-14 at halftime. Quincy would outscore the Cavs 14-7 in the third period, but trailed 35-28 heading to the final stanza. Walsh would then blank the Hawks in the fourth quarter and ice the game on two TD runs from fullback Josh Stutzman (Sr., Lehigh, Fl/HS). Stutzman's first collegiate TD was a 60-yard romp at the 12:21 mark, which gave Walsh a 42-28 lead. He would then score the games final tally from one-yard out to give Walsh a 49-28 win. The Cavs have scored at least 40-points in all five of their wins.

Besgrove has 1,131 yards rushing this season and scored 18 touchdowns. He has 66 career TDs. Andy Berkowitz had two sacks and became the Cavs all-time leader with 20 and one-half. In earning defensive accolades from the MSFA, Beebe shined with eight tackles, four for a loss, two fumble recoveries and a sack.

The Cavs travel to Upland, Indiana to meet Taylor in a Mideast MSFA contest on Saturday. Taylor fell to 1-5 overall and 0-2 in the Mideast after losing 49-20 to Urbana last Saturday. Taylor's only win came against Iowa Wesleyan (34-14) on September 27th. They have lost their last two games and eight of their last twelve games dating back to last season. The Trojans are surrendering an average of 440.7 yards per game and 38.0 points per game. They have given-up 126 points in the last two weeks. Walsh leads the all-time series 2-1 and won 55-0 last season at Fawcett Stadium. The Cavs have won the only game played in Upland, winning 34-0 in 1996. The game will broadcast live on News-Talk 640 WHLO at 2:30 p.m. Ohio time.

Saturday, October 11, 2003

Cavs Outscore Quincy 49-28

Walsh improved to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the Mideast of the Mid-States Football Association after defeating Quincy (3-4, 1-1) at Fawcett Stadium today. For the second straight week, Walsh came back from 14-points downs to win. Trailing 14-0 late in the first quarter, Walsh 's Anthony Katschke (Sr., Oregon, OH/Clay) blocked and recovered a punt at the 20-yard line to setup Walsh's first score. The Cavs Derek Besgrove (Sr., Oregon, OH/Clay) then scored the first of four straight touchdowns to get the Cavs back in the game when he scored from five-yards out. Walsh trailed 14-7 after the first quarter. A fumble recovery by Matt Beebe (Jr, Perry Twp., OH/Perry) set-up the Cavs second TD, when he recovered a loose ball at the Walsh 20-yard line. Besgrove then scored on a 21-yard run at the 11:27 mark. Walsh missed the extra point and trailed 14-13. After a Quincy punt, it was Besgrove again, this time an 80-yard gallop to give Walsh their first lead. Dan Kane (So., Bolivar, OH/Tusky Valley) then hit Chris Brink (Sr., Wadsworth, OH/HS) for the two-point conversion and Walsh led 21-14. The two teams then traded turnovers late in the half, with Walsh capitalizing on an Allen Reddick interception on the Quincy 22-yard line with 3:38 to play in the half. Besgrove capped off the half with a two-yard TD run and Walsh led 28-14 at halftime. Quincy would outscore the Cavs 14-7 in the third period, but trailed 35-28 heading to the final stanza. Walsh would then blank the Hawks in the fourth and ice the game on two TD runs from fullback Josh Stutzman (Sr., Lehigh, Fl/HS). Stutzman's first collegiate TD was a 60-yard romp at the 12:21 mark, which gave Walsh a 42-28 lead. He would then score the games final tally from one-yard out to give Walsh a 49-28 win. The Cavs have scored at least 40-points in all five of their wins.

Derek Besgrove rushed for 196-yards and has totaled 1,131 yards this season and scored 18 touchdowns. He has 66 career TDs. Walsh totaled 375-yards of total offense, but surrendered 583-yards. Quincy accumulated 38 first downs to Walsh's 15. Walsh's Andy Berkowitz (Sr., Akron, OH/Barberton) had two sacks and became the Cavs all-time leader with 20 and one-half.

Walsh is at Taylor next week for a Mideast MSFA game at 2:30 (Ohio time).

Tuesday, October 7, 2003

Jim Dennison (bottom right) Among Inaugural Inductees For University of Akron's Ring of Honor

Walsh University Head Football Coach, Jim Dennison will take a trip back in time on Saturday, October 11th, when he will be honored at halftime of Akron/Cal Poly game at the Rubber Bowl as the Zips unveil its new Ring of Honor. Dennison, former player Chris Angeloff and the 1968 and 1976 football teams will be the first to enter the Ring of Honor.

Dennison is the all-time winningest coach (80-62-2) in Akron history. He was in charge of the Zips from 1973-85 and led them to the finals of the 1976 NCAA Division II playoffs where they fell to Montana State, 24-13, in the Pioneer Bowl. He was also the first and only Zips Football Coach to be named Ohio Coach of the Year and Kodak National College Coach of the Year, both in 1976.

A standout player under Dennison, Angeloff died tragically from cardiac arrest during the 1975 season opener against Marshall at the Rubber Bowl. His No. 89 was retired in his honor and his memory lives on with the Chris Angeloff Scholarship.

The 1968 team, coached by Gordon Larson, played in Akron's first-ever bowl game, the Grantland Rice Bowl. The team went 7-3-1 and eventually lost to Louisiana Tech, 33-13, in the bowl game. Former Steeler and Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw was at the helm for Louisiana Tech.

Dennison is excited about coming back for the ceremony.

"As the head coach of the bowl team in 1976, an assistant coach on Gordon Larson's staff in 1968 and obviously the head coach for Chris Angeloff this is a very special honor for me," he said. "All of my experiences at The University of Akron were positive and my wife, Sue, and I are looking forward to being at the game and being a part of the Ring of Honor."

Tuesday, October 7, 2003

Cavs 19th in Latest NAIA Top 25

Walsh (4-1, 1-0) moved-up three spots to 19th in the latest NAIA top 25 rankings. The Cavs out-lasted Malone 44-36 in five overtimes last Saturday. This week the Cavs host Quincy (3-3, 1-0) in a Mid-States Football Association Mideast game at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Fawcett Stadium.

Monday, October 6, 2003

Derek Besgrove Named Mid-States Football Association Mideast Player of the Week

Derek Besgrove (Sr., Oregon, OH/Clay) top right has been Mid-States Football Association Mideast Player of the Week. Besgrove scored a school-record five touchdowns, rushed for 223 yards and carried a record 51 times in Walsh's five-overtime 44-36 victory over Malone on Saturday. He scored three TDs in overtime, including the game winner in the fifth extra period. For the year, Besgrove has averaged 6.1 yards per carry, 187.0 yards per game, rushed for 935-yards and scored 14 touchdowns. He is also the Cavs all-time leading rusher with 4,892 yards and has scored a Walsh-record 63 touchdowns. He has rushed for over 100-yards in a single game 25 times.

This week, Walsh (4-1, 1-0) hosts Quincy (3-3, 1-0) in a Mid-States Football Association Mideast game at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Fawcett Stadium.

Monday, October 6, 2003

Cavs (4-1, 1-0) Win 5 OT Thriller 44-36 Over Malone To Retain Gallagher Trophy/Besgrove Sets More Records

NAIA 22nd ranked Walsh (4-1, 1-0) won one for the ages on Saturday, a five overtime thriller 44-36 over archrival Malone (1-3, 0-1) in the Mid-States Football Association Mideast opener for both teams before an estimated 5,000 fans at Fawcett Stadium. The win, the longest game in Walsh history, was the fifth straight over the Pioneers and keeps the Dick Gallagher Memorial Trophy in the Cavs trophy case. Walsh is home to Quincy (3-3, 1-0) in a Mid-States Football Association Mideast game at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Quincy pulverized Taylor 77-21 on Saturday.

Derek Besgrove (Sr., Oregon, OH/Clay) top right capped a Cavalier comeback with a record-setting performance against the Pioneers. Besgrove scored a school-record five touchdowns and carried a record 51 times. He also scored three TDs in overtime, including the game winner in the fifth extra period. He rushed for 223 yards for the day. For the year, Besgrove has averaged 6.1 yards per carry, 187.0 yards per game, rushed for 935-yards and scored 14 touchdowns. Malone led 14-0 late in the first half, when the Cavs recorded the first of many big plays. On the final play of the half, Darryl Lyons (Jr., Toledo, OH/Waite) blocked a Malone field goal attempt and Ryan McGraw (So., Coshocton, OH/HS) bottom right ran it back 75-yards for a touchdown to get the Cavs back into the ball game at 14-7 (PAT). After a Malone field goal at the 12:51 mark of third period, Besgrove scored the first of his five TD's with a 75-yard run to cut the Malone lead to 17-14 (PAT). The teams would trade TDs, with Besgrove scoring on a three-yard run to tie the game at 20 with 8:48 to play in regulation. Walsh failed to take their first lead when Michael Lum's (Fr., North Canton, OH/Hoover) extra point was blocked.

Malone had a chance to win the game in the first OT after intercepting a Cavalier pass on the two-yard line, but Jeremy Rininger missed a 39-yard field goal. Malone took the lead in the second OT on a fumble recovery in the end zone and led 27-20 after the point after. But Walsh answered and tied the game on Besgrove's eight-yard run and Lum's point after. Besgrove gave Walsh their first lead in the third OT on a 20-yard run at 33-27. But Kane's pass failed and the Cavs led 33-27. Malone tied the game on a one-yard run, but failed to win the game when their two-point try failed. The place kickers took over in the fourth OT. Malone kicked a 49-yard field goal to take a 36-33 lead, but Walsh's Lum answered with a 39-yarder to tie the game at 36. It was Besgrove in the fifth and final OT, scoring from one-yard out to give Walsh a 42-36 lead. Dan Kane (So., Bolivar, OH/Tusky Valley) then connected with Chris Brink (Sr., Wadsworth, OH/HS) for the two-point conversion to give Walsh a 44-36 advantage. With Malone quarterback Eric Rector out with a leg injury, Walsh sacked back-up QB Mac Griffin twice, the final time on the 32-yard to preserve the win in the greatest collegiate game ever played in Canton. Dan Kane finished the day 11-20 for 153-yards. Adam Copeland (Sr., Wadsworth, OH/HS) and Brink each caught three passes, as Kane connected with five different receivers.

Walsh and Quincy (3-3, 1-0) meet for the first time on Saturday. Quincy scored 77-points in the first three quarters in their rout of Taylor (77-21). This is their first year in the Mid States. The Hawks rolled-up 692 yards of total offense, 495 on the ground and 241 through the air. Three players rushed for over 100-yards, led by LeVar Ammons 178. Quarterback Dan Riley was 10-17 for 241-yards and four touchdowns. The game will be broadcast live on News-Talk 640 WHLO.

Saturday, October 4, 2003

Cavs Win Thriller in Five OT's 44-36 Over Malone

NAIA 22nd ranked Walsh (4-1, 1-0) won one for the ages today, a five overtime thriller 44-36 over archrival Malone (1-3, 0-1) in the Mid-States Football Association Mideast opener for both teams before an estimated 5,000 fans at Fawcett Stadium. The win, the longest game in Walsh history, was the fifth straight over the Pioneers and keeps the Dick Gallagher Memorial Trophy in the Cavs trophy case. Walsh is home to Quincy (3-3, 1-0) in a Mid-States Football Assoication Mideast game at 1 p.m. next Saturday. Quincy pulverized Taylor 77-21 today.

Derek Besgrove (Sr., Oregon, OH/Clay) capped a Cavalier comeback with a record-setting performance agaianst the Pioneers. Besgrove scored a school-record five touchdowns and carried a record 51 times. He also scored three TDs in overtime, including the game winner in the fifth extra period. He rushed for 223 yards for the day. Malone led 14-0 late in the first half, when the Cavs recorded the first of many big plays. On the final play of the half, Darryl Lyons (Jr., Toledo, OH/Waite) blocked a Malone field goal attempt and Ryan McGraw (So., Coshocton, OH/HS) ran it back 75-yards for a touchdown to get the Cavs back into the ball game at 14-7 (PAT). After a Malone field goal at the 12:51 mark of third period, Besgrove scored the first of his five TD's with a 75-yard run to cut the Malone lead to 17-14 (PAT). The teams would trade TDs, with Besgrove scoring on a three-yard run to tie the game at 20 with 8:48 to play in regulation. Walsh failed to take their first lead when Michael Lum's (Fr., North Canton, OH/Hoover) extra point was blocked.

Malone had a chance to win the game in the first OT after intercepting a Cavalier pass on the two-yard line, but Jeremy Rinninger missed a 39-yard field goal. Malone took the lead in the second OT on a fumble recovery in the end zone and led 27-20 after the point after. But Walsh answered and tied the game on Besgrove's eight-yard run and Lum's point after. Besgrove gave Walsh their first lead in the third OT on a 20-yard run at 33-27. But Kane's pass failed and the Cavs led 33-27. Malone tied the game on a one-yard run, but failed to win the game when their two-point try failed. The place kickers took over in the fourth OT. Malone kicked a 49-yard field goal to take a 36-33 lead, but Walsh's Lum answered with a 39-yarder to tie the game at 36. It was Besgrove in the fifth and final OT, scoring from one-yard out to give Walsh a 42-36 lead. Dan Kane (So., Bolivar, OH/Tusky Valley) then connected with Chris Brink (Sr., Wadsworth, OH/HS) for the two-point conversion to give Walsh a 44-36 advantage. With Malone quarterback Eric Rector out with a leg injury, Walsh sacked back-up QB Mac Griffin twice, the final time on the 32-yard to preserve the win in the greatest collegiate game ever played in Canton. Dan Kane finished the day 11-20 for 153-yards. Adam Copeland (Sr., Wadworth, OH/HS) and Brink each caught three passes, as Kane connected with five different receivers.

Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Cavs 22nd in Latest NAIA Top 25

Walsh (3-1) moved-up three notches to 22nd in the latest poll released by the NAIA. The Cavs blanked Saint Francis (Ill.) 41-0 last Saturday. Walsh is at Malone (1-2) on Saturday (2 p.m.) in the Mid-States Football Association Mideast opener for both teams. The game will be broadcast live on News-Talk 640 WHLO.

Monday, September 29, 2003

Cavs (3-1, 0-0) Blank Saint Xavier 41-0/Besgrove Sets All-Time Rushing Mark/Reddick Defensive Player of Week

Behind Derek Besgrove's (Sr., Oregon, OH/Clay) 214-yards rushing, NAIA 25th ranked Walsh (3-1) routed Saint Francis (Ill.) 41-0 at Fawcett Stadium in a Mid-States Football Association crossover game on Saturday. With his 214-yard performance, Besgrove became the Cavs all-time leading rusher with 4,669 yards, two-yards more than Damont Skanes. Besgrove's record breaking run came on a 68-yard TD romp at the 13:03 mark of the third quarter to give Walsh a 27-0 lead. This Saturday, Walsh and Malone renew their backyard rivalry in the MSFA Mideast opener for both teams at Fawcett Stadium at 2 p.m. This is Malone's home game. The game will be broadcast live on News-Talk 640 WHLO.

After a scoreless first quarter, Walsh exploded for 20-second quarter points and 21 more in the third quarter. Walsh's first score came after Allen Reddick (So., Punta Gorda, FL/Morth Fort Myers) bottom right blocked a USF punt on the USF 27-yard line. Mike Lum (Fr., North Canton, OH/Hoover) would then kick a 36-yard field goal to give Walsh a 3-0 lead. The Cavs would benefit from a fumble recovery on the USF 19-yard line by George Theodoris (Sr., fort Myers, FL.HS) to increase their lead to 10-0 at the 5:04 mark of the second quarter. Besgrove would carry four times and score from four-yards out to give the Cavs a 10-0 lead. The Cavs next tally of the half would come after USF fumbled the ensuing kick-off, with Walsh's Allen Reddick recovering on the 32-yard line. Lum would connect from 36-yards out to give Walsh a 13-0 lead. Dan Kane (So., Bolivar, OH/Tusky Valley) would hook-up with Adam Copeland (Sr., Wadsworth, OH/HS) for a 10-yard score with 42 seconds left in the half to give the Walsh a 20-0 halftime advantage. After completing just 5-13 passes in the first half, Kane would connect on 5-5 passes in the second and throw for two more scores. Kane ended the day 10-18 for 169 yards. Chris Brink (Sr., Wadsworth, OH/HS) caught a 30-yard scoring pass in the third quarter and Copeland caught his second TD pass of the game to close the scoring. Brink caught four passes for 75 yards. The shutout was the first of the year for the Cavs. Walsh held USF to 166 yards total offense. Walsh rolled-up 494 yards of total offense. Reddick, making his first start at outside linebacker, had nine tackles, two for a loss, with blocked punt and fumble recovery. For his performance he was named MSFA Mideast Defensive Player of the Week.

Walsh and Malone (1-2) meet for the 9th time when the rivals get together at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday. The Cavs have won the last four meetings and lead the all-time series 5-3. Walsh won an exciting overtime game 29-22 last year. Derek Besgrove rushed for 185-yards and scored three TDs, including the overtime winner. Malone won its first game of the season 35-30 against Olivet Nazarene on Saturday. The Pioneers jumped to 17-0 lead and led 35-16 early in the fourth quarter. After Malone lost tailback Joel Peterson to injury, Sean Knight stepped in and rushed for 142 yards and scored a touchdown. Quarterback Eric Rector passed for 205 yards, but completed just 19 of 42 passes. Nyrell Knight caught five passes for 70-yards and a touchdown.

Saturday, September 27, 2003

Cavs Rout St. Francis (lll) 41-0/Besgrove Sets Career Rushing Mark

Behind Derek Besgrove's (Sr., Oregon, OH/Clay) 214-yards rushing Walsh (3-1) routed Saint Francis (Ill.) 41-0 at Fawcett Stadium in a Mid-States Football Association crossover game today. With his 214-yard performance, Besgrove becomes the Cavs all-time leading rusher with 4,669 yards, two-yards more than Damont Skanes. Besgrove's