2007 Archive

Wednesday,June 11, 2008

"Leetonia High School's Jake Kruegel to Play for Cavs"

Leetonia High School's Jake Kruegel (5-8, 150) will enroll at Walsh for the 2008 fall semester and play football for the Cavaliers, announced Head Coach Jim Dennison. Kruegel played running back at Leetonia, but will be switched to wide receiver by the Cavs. Jake was named first team Inter Tri-County League, All-Columbiana County and Quad County. He was also selected to participate in the MVCA All-Star game in June.


Friday, May 2, 2008

"Galassi at Browns Tryout"

Two-time NAIA First Team All-American left tackle Mike Galassi (6-5, 302, Sr., Strongsville, OH/Holy Name) is one of 54 tryout players at minicamp at the Cleveland Browns facility in Berea today. The tryout camp will last through Sunday.

Players at tryout: http://www.clevelandbrowns.com/article.php?id=8420


Sunday, April 13, 2008

"Offense Shines in Scrimmage"

Walsh's offense shined despite a driving rain, defeating the defense 53-29 in the final scrimmage of the spring today. Quarterback Marc Pullen (Jr., Akron, OH/Ellet) completed 8-15 passes for 214 yards, which included a touchdown pass to John Rutan (So., Hartville, OH/Lake). Clinton Blossomgame (R-Fr., Columbus, OH/Beechcroft) and Rashid Shariff (Fr., Cleveland, OH/Collinwood) also had rushing touchdowns. Mike Welce (Fr., Columbiana, OH/HS) picked off two passes for the defense and Eric Buchanan (Fr., Green Cove Springs, FL/Clay) kicked field goals of 31 and 45 yards.

Walsh opens the season at Trinity International on August 31.


Wednesday, March 19, 2008

"Dennison Announces Changes to Football Staff, Two Promoted, Warren Miller III Added"

Walsh University Head Football Coach Jim Dennison has announced the following changes to his staff. Chris Albrecht replaces Kevin Henderson as offensive coordinator; John Fankhauser takes over as the offensive backfield coach and as the coordinator of special teams and Warren Miller III joins the staff as a coach on the defensive interior. Walsh is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and competes in the Mid-States Football Association. The Cavs open the 2008 season on September 6 against West Liberty at 12 pm at Fawcett Stadium.

Albrecht joins the staff full-time, after serving part-time last season as the Cavs' quarterbacks coach. He will also serve as the Director of Athletic Fundraising. Chris currently teaches at Marlington High School, and served as their defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in 2006. He was as assistant at Massillon High School from 2001-2005, serving as defensive coordinator. He has also coached at Gulf Coast HS and Barron Collier HS, both in Naples, Florida and at Spring Local HS, Poland Seminary HS and Cardinal Mooney HS. On the collegiate level, he served at his alma mater, Waynesburg College, as assistant head coach from 2005-06. Albrecht played at Cardinal Mooney and Westminster College.

Fankhauser, who will begin his 11th season at Walsh this fall, takes full control of special teams and as the offensive backfield coach. He previously coached the outside linebackers and shared special team's duties.

Miller joins the staff as a coach on the defensive line. He served as an assistant coach at Canton McKinley High School from 1979 to 2004, coaching both lines, linebackers and defensive backs. He is also a former head coach at Steubenville Central Catholic High School (1975-76) and served as an assistant coach at Perry High School (1978-79) and at Archbishop Hoban (1979-75). He joins his son, Warren, on Dennison's staff.

"We're very happy to have someone (Albrecht) who knows our organization fill the offensive coordinator role," exclaimed Dennison. "Warren Miller brings experience to our staff and is a strong addition. Fankhauser takes total control of special teams and as the offensive backfield coach. All three moves add to our already outstanding staff."


Friday, February 29, 2008

"Dennison Adds 40 Recruits to Walsh University Football Team"

Walsh University Head Football Coach Jim Dennison has announced the addition of 40 student-athletes to the 2008 roster. The incoming athletes will continue their education at Walsh and be eligible for the 2008 fall semester. Walsh is a member of the NAIA and competes in the Mid-States Football Association. Walsh opens the 2008 season at home (Fawcett Stadium) on September 6 against West Liberty State at 12 pm.

"I want to first of all commend our coaching staff for working very hard to fill our recruiting needs for 2008," exclaimed Dennison. "The emphasis was on big lineman, skill with speed, faster defensive players, and tough fullbacks. I believe we have achieved our goals with this class. We'll be anxious to get them into camp in August."

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. High School
Dominique Adams OL 6-2 315 Austintown Fitch
Kristopher Adams OT 6-7 350 Field
Jacob Antolak INT-DE 6-4 235 St. Clairsville
Marcus Baker DB 6-1 200 Newark Catholic
Gregory Black TE 6-4 210 Winton Woods
Donte Bryant TB 5-9 210 Akron North
Meecis Davis DB 5-1 165 Cincinnati Turpin
Tony Dosen WR 6-2 190 Holy Name
Aaron Donze OLB 6-2 210 Tallmadge
Judd Ellinger TE 6-3 230 Amanda Clearcreek
Andrew Farley-Trammel OL 6-2 275 Ravenna
Ryan Fehrenbach OLB 6-3 200 Cincinnati Turpin
Brennen Fraley LB 5-10 195 Pickerington Central
Justin Gidcumb FB 6-1 220 John Glenn
Tim Goodman OT 6-6 290 Copley
Adam Harris FB 5-10 210 Medina
Maurice Harris OT 6-5 285 Youngstown East
K.J. Herring TB 5-10 195 Massillon Washington
James Howard WR 6-0 155 Warren John F. Kennedy
Michael Paul Jenkins OL-C 6-3 280 Youngstown Ursuline
Victor Ledezma INT-LB 6-2 240 Immokalee (FL)
Jason Lee OLB 6-2 230 Immokalee (FL)
Eric Magnacca TB 5-10 190 Perry
John Merry OL 6-3 295 Normandy
Ethan Oliver FB 6-2 210 Versailles
Kirk Richardson INT-DE 6-5 250 Mariner (FL)
Matt Sams QB 6-2 195 St. Thomas Aquinas
Jim Shiplett QB 6-3 255 Northwest
Derrick Showell OL 6-5 255 Columbus Briggs
Jacob Simon DB 5-11 205 Holy Name
Anthony Skrabak OL 6-3 240 St. Clairsville
Matt Sommer WR 6-4 185 Shelby
Jared Suvak TE 6-2 232 Big Walnut
Ricky Tonelli FB 6-0 226 Solon
T.J. Viscuso DB/WR 5-11 170 Lake
Ken VonBergen LB 6-2 218 Champion
J.C. Willison K-P 6-0 195 South Range
Kevin Woods QB-FS 5-10 165 Cleveland Shaw
Corey Wortinger LB 6-1 210 Mariner (FL)
Brad Ziegler WR 6-1 175 Stow


Monday, January 28, 2008

"Galassi First Team VSN All-American, Cavs Place Six on MSFA All-Academic Team"

Walsh University left tackle Mike Galassi (6-5, 302, Sr., Strongsville, OH/Holy Name) has been selected first team on the Victory Sports Network NAIA All-American Team. Galassi started every game at tackle for the second straight year after transferring from Kent State University. He was an honorable mention selection last year. Galassi was also an American Football Coaches Association first team selection this season.

Walsh placed six players on the Mid-States Football Association All-Academic Team. David Hardwick (INT, Sr., Kent, OH/Roosevelt/Physical Education 3.31 GPA), Luke Kolic (INT, Jr., Massillon, OH/Perry/Biology/Nursing 3.20 GPA), Craig McConnell (DB, Sr., Massillon, OH/Washington/Education 3.23 GPA, Dennis McGlone (OLB, Sr., Norton, OH/HS/Computer Science 3.29 GPA), Aaron Rich (OL, Sr., Canton, OH/GlenOak/Communications 3.32 GPA) and Alex Rehfus (INT, Sr., Canton, OH/McKinley/English/Communications 3.36) were named to the team. Rich was selected to the team last year.


Monday, December 10, 2007

"Mike Galassi Repeats on AFCA/NAIA All-American Team

Walsh University left tackle Mike Galassi (6-5, 302, Sr., Strongsville, OH/Holy Name) has been selected first team on the American Football Coaches Association/NAIA All-American Team for the second straight year. Galassi started every game at tackle for the second straight year after transferring from Kent State University, and is one of only four players to repeat on offense. Only nine NAIA schools have had players earn consecutive AFCA Coaches' All-America honors.


Saturday, November 17, 2007

"Cavs Place Three on MSFA First Team, Galassi, McConnell Repeat"

Walsh placed three players on the All-Mid-States Football Association Mideast Team First Team. Mike Galassi (Sr., Strongsville, OH/Holy Name) was named on the offensive line, Craig McConnell (Sr., Massillon, OH/Washington) at defensive back and Clinton Blossomgame (R-Fr., Columbus, OH/Beechcroft) at tailback. Galassi and McConnell each earned first team honors last year.

Galassi shined after transferring from Kent State University. He started at left tackle, and was even used at center when the Cavs suffered injuries. He was a First Team AFAC All-American last year. McConnell, a transfer from Northern Michigan, led the team in tackles (89) and intercepted three passes, to go along with six pass break-ups. Blossomgame led the MSFA in rushing with 1,487 yards, averaging 4.3 yards per carry with 11 touchdowns. He rushed for 423 yards in his final two games of the season, with a season high 241 yards against Marian College.

The Cavs also placed Dan Dale (OLB, Sr., Canton, OH/South) on the second team and Mike McGill (WR, So., Barberton, OH/Coventry) and David Hardwick (INT, Sr, Kent, OH/Roosevelt) on the honorable mention team. Dale, who earned second team honors last year, recorded 51 tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss and a team-leading eight sacks. McGill was second on the team with 25 catches for a 20.3 average and four touchdowns. Hardwick, a first team selection last year, recorded 32 tackles and four tackles for a loss.


Saturday, November 10, 2007

"Cavs Close Season with Win/Blossomgame Rushes for 221 Yards"

Clinton Blossomgame (R-Fr., Columbus, OH/Beechcroft) rushed for 221 yards and two touchdowns, and Joe Copeland (So., Akron, OH/North) intercepted a pass and scored from 42 yards out, as Walsh closed the season with a 31-20 Mid-States Football Association Mideast win over Taylor University (2-9, 0-7) today. Walsh finishes the season 5-6 overall and 2-5 in the MSFA.

Eric Buchanan (Fr., Green Cove Springs, FL/Clay) opened the scoring for Walsh with a 22-yard field goal in the first quarter. Copeland's score gave the Cavs a 10-0 lead at the 11:37 mark of the period. Blossomgame then scored from one-yard out to give Walsh a 17-0 lead. Taylor's Greg Eaglin scored on a one-yard run at the 3:14 mark of the second quarter, as the Trojans cut the lead to 17-6. Blossomgame scored the only TD of the third quarter on a one-yard run, as Walsh led 24-6 heading into the fourth. Steve Graham (Sr., Akron, OH/Garfield) scored the Cavs' final score, on a two-yard run at the 9:46 mark of the fourth. Taylor scored twice in the final 8:52; Trenton Schmale caught a 44-yard TD pass from Brandon Hurst and Greg Eaglin scored on a two-yard run.

Blossomgame rushed for 221 yards, and 423 yards in the final two games of the season to finish with a freshman record 1,487 yards. He also scored 11 touchdowns. Eaglin led the Trojans with 70 yards rushing.

Walsh totaled 384 total yards and had 22 first downs, to Taylor's 257 yards and 13 first downs. The Cavs back-to-back wins in their final two games are also a school first.


Tuesday, November 6, 2007

"Buchanan MSFA Mideast Special Teams Player of the Week"

Walsh place kicker Eric Buchanan (Fr., Green Cove Springs, FL/Clay) has been selected as the Mid-States Football Association Mideast Special Teams Player of the Week. Buchanan kicked four field goals (37, 45, 30, 21 yds.) in Walsh's 54-28 win over Marian College last Saturday. Buchanan tied a Walsh record with four field goals in a single game and was also 6-6 on extra points.


Monday, November 5, 2007

"Cavs End Losing Streak With Romp over Marian/Blossomgame Rushes for 241 yards/Close with Taylor at Home"

Walsh (4-6, 1-5 MSFA) snapped a five-game losing streak, with a 54-28 win over visiting Marian College (1-8, 1-5 MSFA) in a Mid-States Football Association Mideast game at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday. The Cavs close the season at home on Saturday (12 pm) against Taylor University.

Clinton Blossomgame (R-Fr., Columbus, OH/Beechcroft) rushed for a career-high 241 yards and scored two touchdowns (1, 1), as Walsh scored in every quarter. Blossomgame has rushed for 1,266 yards on the season, second in the Mid-States. He is averaging 126.6 ypg and has scored nine touchdowns.

Walsh led 17-0 after one period, and 27-0, before Marian scored late in the second quarter. Eric Buchanan (Fr., Green Cove Springs, FL/Clay) also kicked three field goals (37, 45, 30) in the first half, as the Cavs led 37-14 at halftime. Buchanan ended the day with a career best four field goals, tying a Walsh record for a single game. Marc Pullen (Jr., Akron, OH/Ellet) passed for 179 yards and two touchdowns, hitting John Rutan (So., Hartville, OH/Lake) for 15 yards and a score, and Rob Lash (Sr., Shelby, OH/HS) for a nine-yard score. Pullen also scored on nine-yard run. Lash caught four passes for 87 yards, and Rutan three for 70 yards. Walsh totaled a season-high 607 yards total offense and a season-high 54 points.

Walsh closes the season at home against Taylor University (2-8, 0-6 MSFA). The Trojans dropped their sixth straight game on Saturday, 37-7 to Saint Xavier University. Walsh leads the all-time series 6-1 and won 35-15 at Taylor last year. The Cavs have won the last five meetings. Before Saturday's kick-off, Walsh will honor its graduating senior players and cheerleaders. The game will be broadcast live on the Walsh University Football Network on News-Talk 640 WHLO AM and AM 900 WCER at 11:45 am.


Saturday, November 3, 2007

"Walsh Routs Marian College 54-28"

GAME STATS

Walsh University (4-6, 1-5 MSFA) snapped a five-game losing streak, with a 54-28 win over visiting Marian College (1-8, 1-5 MSFA) in a Mid-States Football Association Mideast game at Fawcett Stadium today. The Cavs close the season at home next Saturday (12 pm) against Taylor University.

Clinton Blossomgame (R-Fr., Columbus, OH/Beechcroft) rushed for a career-high 241 yards and scored two touchdowns (1, 1), as Walsh scored in every quarter. Blossomgame has rushed for 1,266 yards on the season. Walsh led 17-0 after one period, and 27-0, before Marian scored late in the second quarter. Eric Buchanan (Fr., Green Cove Springs, FL/Clay) also kicked three field goals (37, 45, 30) in the first half, as the Cavs led 37-14 at halftime. Buchanan ended the day with a career best four field goals, tying a Walsh record for a single game.

Marc Pullen (Jr., Akron, OH/Ellet) passed for 179 yards and two touchdowns. He hit John Rutan (So., Hartville, OH/Lake) for 15 yards and a score, and Rob Lash (Sr., Shelby, OH/HS) for a nine-yard score. Pullen also scored on nine-yard run. Lash caught four passes for 87 yards, and Rutan three for 70 yards.

Walsh totaled a season-high 607 yards of offense and a season-high 54 points.


Monday, October 29, 2007

Cavs Drop Fifth Straight Game to a Ranked Opponent/Home to Marian on Saturday

Walsh (3-6, 0-5 MSFA Mideast) lost its fifth straight game to a NAIA ranked opponent, falling 56-20 at NAIA No. 3 Ohio Dominican University (9-0, 5-0 MSFA) last Saturday. For the Cavs, it is the longest losing streak in school history and the 56 points allowed represent the most in a single game. The Cavs also lost their last seven MSFA Mideast games dating back to last season. This week, they return home for a MSFA Mideast game against first year program Marian College (1-7, 1-4 MSFA). Game time is 12 pm. The game will be broadcast live on the Walsh University Football Network on News-Talk 640 WHLO and on the AM 900 WCER. The game will also be broadcast live on the internet at www.wcer.us and www.whlo640.com

The win for Ohio Dominican was their first ever over the Cavs. ODU scored 14 points in the first quarter and 21 more in the second and led 35-0 at the half. Walsh scored once in the third quarter, when Marc Pullen (Jr., Akron, OH/Ellet) connected with Rob Lash (Sr., Shelby, OH/HS) for a 38-yard score. Clinton Blossomgame (R-Fr., Columbus, OH/Beechcroft) scored on a three-yard run in the fourth quarter, and Sam Cerreta (Sr., North Canton, OH/Hoover) hit Mike McGill (So., Barberton, OH/Coventry) with a 28-yard strike with 5:53 to play. ODU's high-powered offense rolled-up 541 yards. Quarterback Cris Reisert passed for 532 yards and three TDs on 45 of 57. He set NAIA marks for yards and completions in a single season. Wide receiver Jared Stace set a single-game NAIA record with 18 catches.

Clinton Blossomgame rushed for 135 yards and went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. The redshirt freshman has rushed for 1,025 yards and is second in the MSFA in rushing, averaging 113.9 yards per game. Pullen completed six passes for 156 yards and Lash caught four passes for 106 yards.

Marian captured its first collegiate win, 24-14, at home, against Taylor University last week. The Knights scored 17 second quarter points and never looked back. Running back William Stubbs rushed for 158 yards and scored on a 57-yard run in the second quarter. Stubbs has rushed for 574 yards and six touchdowns on the season.


Saturday, October 27, 2007

"Cavs Fall 56-20 at ODU/Blossomgame Over 1000 Yards"

GAME STATS

(Columbus, OH) Walsh (3-6, 0-5 MSFA) lost its record fifth straight game, 56-20 to NAIA No. 3 Ohio Dominican University (9-0, 5-0 MSFA) today. The win was the first ever for the Panthers over the Cavs. ODU scored 14 points in the first quarter and 21 more in the second and led 35-0 at the half. The 56 points represent the most ever scored on a Cavalier team in a single game.

Walsh scored once in the third quarter, when Marc Pullen (Jr., Akron, OH/Ellet) connected with Rob Lash (Sr., Shelby, OH/HS) for a 38-yard score. Clinton Blossomgame (R-Fr., Columbus, OH/Beechcroft) scored on a three-yard run in the fourth quarter, and Sam Cerreta (Sr., North Canton, OH/Hoover) hit Mike McGill (So., Barberton, OH/Coventry) with a 28-yard strike with 5:53 to play.

ODU's high-powered offense rolled-up 541 yards. Quarterback Cris Reisert passed for 532 yards and three TDs on 45 of 57. He set NAIA marks for yards and completions in a single season. Wide receiver Jared Stace set a single-game NAIA record with 18 catches.

Clinton Blossomgame rushed for 135 yards and went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. The redshirt freshman has rushed for 1,025 yards. Pullen completed six passes for 156 yards and Lash caught four passes for 106 yards.

Walsh is home to Marian College (1-7, 1-4 MSFA) next Saturday at 12 pm. Marian posted its first-ever collegiate win today, defeating Taylor University 24-14.


Saturday, October 20, 2007

"USF Hands Cavs Fourth Straight Loss"

GAME STATS

NAIA No. 5 University of Saint Francis (6-1, 3-1 MSFA) spoiled Walsh University's (3-5, 0-4, MSFA) Homecoming Game, by handing the Cavs their record fourth straight loss, 42-14 at Fawcett Stadium. The loss was also the tenth straight to the Cougars.

USF scored 14 first quarter points and 21 in the second quarter, to lead 35-7 at the half. Daniel Carter scored on a six-yard run to give the Cougars the early lead. Taylor Vieck then scored the first of his four TD's, when he scored on a 15-yard run. He would also score on runs of eight and four yards and on a 28 yard pass from Jeff Wedding. Vieck would rush for 80 yards and catch four passes for 40 yards. Carter led the Cougars with 82 yards and five catches for 57 yards.

Walsh's first half score came on a two-yard run by Clinton Blossomgame (R-Fr., Columbus, OH/Beechcroft). Blossomgame led all rushers with 133 yards. Blossomgame's TD run cut the USF lead to 21-7 with 3:32 to play in the half. But USF then scored 14 points in the next 1:56 to lead 35-7 at the half.

Walsh's Rob Lash (Sr., Shelby, OH/HS) scored the only TD of the third quarter on a four-yard run. Vieck's final gallop of four yards closed the scoring.

Walsh is at NAIA No. 3 Ohio Dominican University next Saturday.


Saturday, October 13, 2007

"Malone Keeps Gallagher Trophy With 42-35 OT Win"

GAME STATS

Despite some late heroics, Walsh (3-4, 0-3 MSFA Mideast) lost its third straight game today, falling 42-35 in overtime to Malone College (6-1, 3-0 MSFA Mideast) at Fawcett Stadium. The win, Malone's second straight over the Cavs, keeps the Dick Gallagher Memorial Trophy in possession of the Pioneers. Walsh looks to snap their three-game skid against the University of Saint Francis next Saturday at 12 pm. It is Homecoming for Walsh.

Walsh trailed 35-28 with only 10 seconds to play, when Sam Cerreta (Sr., North Canton, OH/Hoover) threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Mike McGill (So., Barberton, OH/Coventry). The Cavs kicked the PAT to send the game to overtime. Walsh and Malone last went to overtime in 2003, which Walsh won in five extra periods. This game, however, would only take one, as Malone on their first possession. Tailback Bernard Payton, who rushed for a game-high 221 yards, scored his fourth TD on a two-yard plunge to put Malone up 42-35. Walsh then failed on four tries to tie the game.

Malone racked-up 691 yards, but turned the ball over five times, in a game they led from start to finish. The Pioneers took a 14-0 first quarter lead, when Clinton Blossomgame (R-Fr., Columbus, OH/Beechcroft) scored on a seven-yard run to cut the lead to 14-7. Each team scored in the second quarter. Walsh tied the game on a 30-yard fumble recovery by David Hardwick (Sr., Kent, OH/Kent Roosevelt) with 4:47 to play in the second. But Malone regained lead with a TD and led 21-14 at the half.

Walsh's Rob Lash (Sr., Shelby, OH/HS) brought the crowd to its feet, when he returned the second half kick-off 84 yards for a touchdown. It was Lash's first return for a score this season. Walsh missed a chance to take the lead in the third, when Eric Buchanan (Fr., Green Cove Springs, FL/Clay) missed a 33-yard field. All in all, there were eight field goals missed in the game, four by each side.

Malone regained the lead at 28-21 when Payton scored on an eight-yard pass from Billy Bob Orsagh. Walsh tied the game at 28, when McGill caught a 36-yard TD pass from Cerreta. Payton then scored on a four-yard run with 2:22 to play to put Malone up 35-28.


Monday, October 8, 2007

"Cavs Fall From NAIA Top 25"

Walsh (3-3, 0-2 MSFA Mideast), on the heels of a two-game losing streak, have dropped out of the NAIA Top 25. The Cavs received 16 votes, and are tied with Georgetown College (KY) for the 26th spot. This Saturday the Cavs face rival, and 16th ranked Malone College (5-1, 2-0 MSFA Mideast) at Fawcett Stadium at 1 pm, in the annual battle for the Dick Gallagher Memorial Trophy. Urbana, who beat the Cavs for the first time in school history last Saturday (9-6), jumped from 24th to 19th with the win.

NAIA TOP 25


Monday, October 8, 2007

"Cavs Look to Rebound at Malone"

Walsh (3-3, 0-2 MSFA Mideast) dropped its second straight game, falling 9-6 at NAIA No. 24 Urbana University (5-1, 2-0 MSFA Mideast) on Saturday. The loss leaves the Cavs 0-2 in the Mid-States Football's Mideast for the first time in school history. Walsh looks to snap its two-game losing streak at NAI A No. 19 Malone College (5-1, 2-0 MSFA Mideast) at 1 pm on Saturday, in the annual battle for the Dick Gallagher Memorial Trophy. The game will be broadcast live on the Walsh University Football Network on News-Talk 640 WHLO and on the AM 900 WCER. The game will also be broadcast live on the internet at www.wcer.us and www.whlo640.com.

For the second straight week, the Cavs struggled offensively. Eric Buchanan (Fr., Green Cove Springs, FL/Clay) gave the Cavs a 3-0 lead, with a 25-yard field goal at the 12:25 mark of the second quarter. Urbana would take the lead at the 7:23 mark, on a five-yard run by Kirk Hannah. The Blue Knights would then miss the extra point, and led 6-3. Walsh tied the game (6-6) with 1:32 to play in the half, as Buchanan kicked a 36-yard field. The game remained tied until 2:53 in the fourth quarter, when the Blue Knights drove 58 yards in 12 plays, and won the game on Jacob Harfman's 22-yard field goal. Walsh totaled only 150 yards of total offense. Tailback Clinton Blossomgame (R-Fr., Columbus, OH/Beechcroft) rushed for 82 yards, more than half of the Cavs' total. The Blue Knight's defense sacked Walsh quarterback Marc Pullen (Jr., Akron, OH/Ellet) a record ten times. Craig McConnell (Sr., Massillon, OH/Washington) had two interceptions for the Cavs. The Cavs defense has allowed only 19 points and two touchdowns in the last two games.

Malone comes into Saturday's rival game on a four-game win streak. They rolled over Taylor University 33-14 at Fawcett Stadium last Saturday, totaling a record 673 yards total offense. Quarterback Billy Bob Orsagh passed for 380 yards and two scores. Wide receiver Derek Deardorff caught nine passes for 162 yards and two TD's, while tailback Bernard Payton rushed for 142 yards and a touchdown. Malone is averaging 37.8 points per game, while allowing 23.2. Orsagh has completed 66% of his passes for 1,544 yards and 14 touchdowns. Deardorff has 33 catches for 577 yards and eight touchdowns. Payton has rushed for 653 yards (4.9 avg.) and eight touchdowns. Payton is third in the MSFA in rushing and Orsagh is second in passing (257.3 ypg).

Malone handed Walsh its second loss of the season last year, upsetting the Cavs 20-10 at Fawcett Stadium. The loss also snapped Walsh's seven-game series win streak. Malone's Bernard Payton rushed for 277 yards and scored a touchdown. Walsh leads the all-time series 8-4.


Saturday, October 6, 2007

"Cavs Fall 9-6 at Urbana"

BOXSCORE

(Urbana, OH) NAIA No. 15 Walsh (3-3,0-2 MSFA Mideast) fell to 0-2 in the Mid-States Football Association Mideast, after falling 9-6 at Urbana University (5-1, 2-0) MSFA Mideast) today. It was Urbana's first win over the Cavs in 13 games, and marks the first time in school history that the Cavs have dropped their first two conference games. The Cavs look to rebound against Malone College, next Saturday at 1 pm, at Fawcett Stadium. It is Malone's home game and is the annual battle for the Dick Gallagher Memorial Trophy. Malone won 20-10 last year, snapping Walsh's nine-game win streak.

For the second straight week, the Cavs struggled offensively. Eric Buchanan (Fr.,. Green Cove Springs, FL/Clay) gave the Cavs a 3-0 lead, with a 25-yard field goal at the 12:25 mark of the second quarter. Urbana would take the lead at the 7:23 mark, on a five-yard run by Kirk Hannah. The Blue Knights would then miss the extra point, and led 6-3. Walsh tied the game (6-6) with 1:32 to play in the half, as Buchanan kicked a 36-yard field. The game remained tied until 2:53 in the fourth quarter, when the Blue Knights drove 58 yards in 12 plays, and won the game on Jacob Harfman's 22-yard field goal.

Walsh totaled only 150 yards of total offense. Tailback Clinton Blossomgame (R-Fr., Columbus, OH/Beechcroft) rushed for 82 yards, more than half of the Cavs' total. The Blue Knight's defense sacked Walsh quarterback Marc Pullen (Jr., Akron, OH/Ellet) a record ten times. Craig McConnell (Sr., Massillon, OH/Washington) had two interceptions for the Cavs. The Cavs defense has allowed only 19 points and two touchdowns in the last two games.


Monday, October 1, 2007

"Cavs Fall to 15th in NAIA Poll"

Walsh (3-2, 0-1 MSFA Mideast) dropped three places to number 15 in the latest NAIA Top 25 Poll. The Cavs lost 13-10 to NAIA No.2 Saint Xavier last Saturday at Fawcett Stadium. Saint Xavier moved-up one spot with the win. Ohio Dominican University moved to number four, after stunning second ranked University of Saint Francis on Saturday. USF fell to sixth after the loss.

This week, Walsh faces another ranked opponent, when they travel to 24th ranked Urbana University (4-1, 1-0 MSFA Mideast) for a 2 pm league game on Saturday. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and News-Talk 640 WHLO at 2 pm.

Top 25


Saturday, September 29, 2007

"St. X Edges Cavs 13-10"

Despite holding NAIA No. 3 Saint Xavier University (5-0, 1-0 MSFA Mideast) to one touchdown and 13 points, NAIA No. 12 Walsh University (3-2, 0-1 MSFA Mideast) fell 13-10 today, in the Mid-States Football Association Mideast opener for both teams.

Saint Xavier came into the game averaging 44.5 points, per game, but could just muster one touchdown against Walsh's hungry defense. The only score of the first half came on Shane Longest's 43-yard field goal, which gave the Cougars a 3-0 lead at the 10:32 mark of the first quarter. The game remained scoreless late in the first half, when it looked as if the upset minded Cavs would at least tie the game. Walsh's Eric Buchanan (Fr.,. Green Cove Springs, FL/Clay) kicked what looked like a game-tying 37-yard field goal with 56 seconds to play in the first half. But when Saint Xavier was called for a personal foul, Walsh opted to take the penalty, and a first and goal on the ten yard line. But the move back fired, when Marc Pullen's (Jr., Akron, OH/Ellet) pass was intercepted on the one-yard by Casey Widenbacher on a third and goal play with seconds left in the half.

Longest then gave the Cougars a 6-0 lead with a 31-yard field goal, at the 4:13 mark of the third quarter. Walsh would mount a 10-play, 65-yard drive, and take the lead on a one-yard run by Clinton Blossomgame (R-Fr., Columbus, OH/Beechcroft) at the 2:29 mark of the third quarter. Buchanan's PAT gave Walsh a 7-6 lead. Bill McKeon then made the key play of the game, when he returned Buchanan's kick 52 yards to Walsh 42-yard line. The Cougars would march 42-yards on nine plays on the short field, and take the lead for good on quarterback Billy Yeo's one-yard plunge. Longest then kicked the extra point to give Saint Xavier a 13-7 lead with 11:08 to play. Walsh would drive to the Cougar's 25-yard line, but would have to settle for a 42-yard field goal by Buchanan, to trim the lead to 13-10. It would Walsh's final opportunity.

Yeo, despite missing most of the third quarter, completed 21 of 29 passes for 158 yards. McKeon led all receivers with 131 catches for 91 yards. Walsh's Marc Pullen completed 13 of 28 passes for 130 yards and three interceptions. Blossomgame became the first back to rush for over 100 yards against the Cougars, when the tallied 114 yards on 30 carries.

Walsh is at Urbana University next Saturday (2 pm) a MSFA Mideast game.



Monday, September 24, 2007

"Cavs Jump to 12th in Latest NAIA Top 25"

Walsh (3-1) jumped five places, to number 12, in the latest NAIA Top 25 Poll. The Cavs received 217 points. This is their highest ranking of the season. This week, the Cavs host NAIA No. 3 Saint Xavier University (3-0), in the Mid-States Football Association Mideast opener for both teams on Saturday. Game time at Fawcett Stadium is 12 pm.

NAIA TOP 25


Monday, September 24, 2007

"Cavs Prepare for Third Ranked Saint Xavier After Win at Quincy"

Clinton Blossomgame (RS-Fr., Columbus, OH/Beechcroft, OH) rushed for 166 yards and Marc Pullen (Jr., Akron, OH/Ellet) passed for 229 yards and two touchdowns, as NAIA No. 17 Walsh (3-1) won its third straight game, 21-7 at Quincy University (2-2) last Saturday. This Saturday, Walsh opens the Mid-States Football Association Mideast season at home, against NAIA No. 3 Saint Xavier University at Fawcett Stadium at 12 pm. The game will be broadcast live on the Walsh University Football Network on News-Talk 640 WHLO and on AM 900 WCER at 11:45 am, and on the internet at www.wcer.us.

After a scoreless first quarter, Quincy took a 7-0 lead at the 13:52 mark of the second quarter on a one-yard run by Corey Williams. Walsh tied the game at the 2:35 mark, when Pullen found James Williams (Sr., Lehigh Acers, FL/Sr./Florida International) in the back of the end zone for a four-yard TD pass. Walsh took the lead for good at the four-minute mark of third period, when Pullen hit Rob Lash (Sr., Shelby, OH/HS) on slant for a 28-yard score. Blossomgame closed the scoring with a one-yard plunge at the 12:25 mark of the final period. Pullen completed 16 of 26 passes for 229 yards. Lash caught four passes for 96 yards and Mike McGill (So., Barberton, OH/Coventry) caught a career-best six passes for 74 yards. After not recording an interception in the first three games, Walsh picked off three Quincy passes in the win. Mike Garden (Jr., Akron, OH/Copley), Ryan Kopina (Fr., Wooster, OH/HS) and Joe Phinisee (Sr., Warren, OH/Harding) each intercepted a pass.

Blossomgame leads the MSFA in rushing, averaging 122.2 yards per game. He has gained 489 yards and scored three touchdowns.

This week, Walsh host NAIA No. 3 Saint Xavier University (4-0). The high-powered Cougars are averaging 44.5 points per game, and won 41-3 against Trinity International last Saturday. Saint Xavier quarterback Billy Yeo completed 32 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns. He also scored two rushing touchdowns. Yeo connected with Jim Doherty nine times for 160 yards and a touchdown. Bill McKeon returned a kick-off 78 yards to a score. This is the first year for Saint Xavier in the Mideast Division. They reached the NAIA Playoffs last year with a 10-3 overall record and 7-1 mark in the MSFA Midwest. Walsh leads the all-time series 2-1. The two teams last played in 2003. Walsh is 2-0 against the Cougars at Fawcett Stadium.


Saturday, September 22, 2007

"Cavs Roll to Third Straight Win"

(Quincy, IL) Clinton Blossomgame (RS-Fr., Columbus, OH/Beechcroft, OH) rushed for 166 yards and Marc Pullen (Jr., Akron, OH/Ellet) passed for 229 yards and two touchdowns, as NAIA No. 17 Walsh (3-1) won its third straight game, 21-7 at Quincy University (2-2) today. Next Saturday, Walsh opens the Mid-States Football Association Mideast season at home against NAIA No. 3 Saint Xavier University at Fawcett Stadium at 12 pm.

After a scoreless first quarter, Quincy took a 7-0 lead at the 13:52 mark of the second quarter on a one-yard run by Corey Williams. Walsh tied the game at the 2:35 mark, when Pullen found James Williams (Sr., Lehigh Acers, FL/Sr./Florida International) in the back of the end zone for a four-yard TD pass. Walsh took the lead for good at the four-minute mark of third period, when Pullen hit Rob Lash (Sr., Shelby, OH/HS) on slant for a 28-yard score. Blossomgame closed the scoring with a one-yard plunge at the 12:25 mark of the final period.

Pullen completed 16 of 26 passes for 229 yards. Lash caught four passes for 96 yards and Mike McGill (So., Barberton, OH/Coventry) caught a career-best six passes for 74 yards. After not recording an interception in the first three games, Walsh picked off three Quincy passes in the win. Mike Garden (Jr., Akron, OH/Copley), Ryan Kopina (Fr., Wooster, OH/HS) and Joe Phinisee (Sr., Warren, OH/Harding) each intercepted a pass.


Saturday, September 15, 2007

"Walsh Wins Big, 43-14 over Trinity International"

NAIA No. 16 Walsh improved to 2-1 after defeating Trinity International 43-14 at Fawcett Stadium today. The loss dropped Trinity to 1-2. Walsh is at Quincy (Ill.) next week.

Walsh rolled-up 511 yards of total offense in the win. Tailback Clinton Blossomgame (RS-Fr., Columbus, OH/Beechcroft, OH) rushed for over 100 yards for the second straight week, totaling 135 yards. He scored on a one-yard run in the second quarter. Quarterback Marc Pullen (Jr., Akron, OH/Ellet) completed 11-21 passes for 209 yards, with two touchdowns. He hit Rob Lash (Sr., Shelby, OH/HS) for a 33-yard score and Mike McGill (So., Barberton, OH/Coventry) on a 19-yard scoring strike. Lash led the Cavs with four catches for 125 yards.

Walsh's special teams provided the first score, when Eric Peavy (Jr., Cleveland, OH/Warrensville Heights, OH) blocked a punt, and Joe Copeland (So., Akron, OH/North) picked it up and scored from eight yards in the first quarter. Walsh led 7-0 after one quarter and 19-0 at the half.

Trinity's score came with 6:38 to play, when Jacob Sheedlo caught a nine-yard TD pass from back-up quarterback Ron Hamilton.

Walsh's defense allowed only 233 yards and held to Trinity to 10 first downs and 5-17 on third down conversations. Walsh totaled 26 first downs, with 272 yards on the ground and 230 through the air.


Tuesday, September 11, 2007

"Clinton Blossomgame MSFA Offensive Player of the Week"

Walsh tailback Clinton Blossomgame (RS-Fr. Columbus, OH/Beechcroft) has been named the Mid-States Football Association's Mideast Offensive Player of the Week. Blossomgame rushed 136 yards in Walsh's 12-10 win at Seton Hill on Saturday. It was his first 100-yard game, in only his second start.

Walsh is home to Trinity International on Saturday at12 pm.


Monday, September 10, 2007

"Cavs 16th in First NAIA Poll"

Walsh (1-1) fell one notch, to 16th, in the first NAIA Top 25 poll of the season. The Cavs are home to Trinity International on Saturday at 12 pm.


Monday, September 10, 2007

"Cavs Even Mark with Win at Trinity"

Walsh evened its mark at 1-1, after winning 12-10 at Seton Hill University on Saturday. The win snaps a four-game losing streak dating back to last season. This Saturday, Walsh plays its first home, when they host Trinity International at Fawcett Stadium at 12 pm. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on AM 640 News-Talk WHLO. Giant Eagle, of Washington Square, is giving away free tickets for the game. They will be available until all tickets are gone.

Walsh's stingy defense, the running of tailback Clinton Blossomgame (Fr. Columbus, OH/Beechcroft) and the right leg of Lambros Paxos (Sr., North Canton, OH/Hoover) led the Cavs to their first win. The Cavs held Seton Hill to 194 yards total offense, Blossomgame rushed for over 100 yards (136) for the first time as a Cavalier, and Paxos booted field goals of 21 and 26 yards.

Walsh scored first when Marc Pullen (Jr., Akron, OH/Ellet) hit James Williams (Sr., Lehigh Acers, FL/Lehigh Sr./Florida International) for an eight-yard score at the 3:33 mark of the first quarter. The PAT failed and Walsh led 6-0. Seton Hill took their only lead at the 1:07 mark of the first period, when Antwarn Jones scored from one-yard out. The PAT gave the Griffins a 7-6 lead. Paxos gave Walsh the lead for good with seven seconds to play in the half, when he connected from 21 yards out to give Walsh a 9-7 halftime lead. Paxos then connected again, from 26 yards out, with 10:52 to play in third quarter to give Walsh a 12-7 lead. Seton Hill added three points on a 32 yard field goal with 12:15 to play in the fourth quarter to end the scoring. Pullen completed 8-15 passes for 124 yards. Tight end Matt Gooch (So., Canton, OH/East Canton) led the Cavs with three catches for 53 yards.

Walsh and Trinity (1-1) are meeting for the fifth time, all-time, with Trinity holding a 3-2 lead. Walsh won the last meeting 31-3 in 2005. After losing their opening game to Malone (32-27), Trinity evened their mark with a 17-13 win over Valparaiso on Saturday. Kyle Bennett hit Brennan Smith with a 13-yard scoring strike with 13:35 to play for the win. Bennett was 17-32 for 167 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Smith caught five passes for 62 yards.


Saturday, September 8, 2007

"Cavs End Slide With 12-10 Win at Seton Hill"

BOXSCORE

(Greensburg, PA) Walsh (1-1) won for the first time in 2007, edging Seton Hill University (0-2) 12-10 in Greensburg, PA today. The loss ended a four-game losing streak dating back to last season. The Cavs now return for their home opener, next Saturday, September 15 against Trinity International at 12 pm at Fawcett Stadium. Giant Eagle, located across the street from Walsh in Washington Square is giving away free tickets for the home opener. Tickets will be available until the supply is exhausted.

Walsh's stingy defense, the running of tailback Clinton Blossomgame (Fr. Columbus, OH/Beechcroft) and the right leg of Lambros Paxos (Sr., North Canton, OH/Hoover) led the Cavs to their first win. The Cavs held Seton Hill to 194 yards total offense, Blossomgame rushed for over 100 yards (136) for the first time as a Cavalier, and Paxos booted field goals of 21 and 26 yards.

Walsh scored first, when Marc Pullen (Jr., Akron, OH/Ellet) hit James Williams (Sr., Lehigh Acers, FL/Lehigh Sr./Florida International) for an eight-yard score at the 3:33 mark of the first quarter. The PAT failed and Walsh led 6-0. Seton Hill took their only lead at the 1:07 mark of the first, when Antwarn Jones scored from one-yard out. The PAT gave the Griffins a 7-6 lead. Paxos gave Walsh the lead for good with seven seconds to play in the half, when he connected from 21 yards out to give Walsh a 9-7 halftime lead.

Paxos then connected again, from 26 yards out, with 10:52 to play in third quarter to give Walsh a 12-7 lead. Seton Hill added three points on a 32 yard field goal with 12:15 to play in the fourth quarter to end the scoring.

Pullen completed 8-15 passes for 124 yards. Tight end Matt Gooch (So., Canton, OH/East Canton) led the Cavs with three catches for 53 yards.


Saturday, September 1, 2007

"Cavs Suffer Worst Defeat in History, 49-7 at West Liberty"

BOXSCORE

(West Liberty, WV) Walsh (0-1) suffered its worst defeat in football history, falling 49-7 at West Liebrty (1-0) today in the season opener for both teams. The Hilltoppers rolled-up 631 yards of total offense and handled the Cavs in every aspect of the game. The Cavs also lost senior tailback Antwain Reine' (5-9, Dayton, OH/Trotwood-Madison) for at least 6-8 weeks, after he suffered a broken leg in the third quarter.

After Walsh failed to move the ball on their opening drive, West Liberty drove 35 yards in seven plays to take a 7-0 lead. They would lead 10-0 after the first quarter. The Hilltoppers put the game away with 21 second quarter points. Two of the scores came on big plays; one a 59-yard pass and the other an 86-yard pass with just 33 seconds to play in the first half. West Liberty tacked on 10 more points in the third quarter and led 49-0, before Walsh hit pay dirt. Walsh's Jeff Tallman (So., Canton, OH/Perry) scored on a two-yard with 24 seconds to play.

Walsh was its own worst enemy, turning the ball over six times, three on interceptions and three on fumbles. West Liberty's Zach Amaedro set a school-record with 406 yards passing. The Appalachian State transfer completed 19 of 23 passes for two scores.

Clinton Blossomgame (Fr., 5-11, 218, Columbus, OH/Beecroft) led Walsh with 51 yards rushing.

The Cavs are at Seton Hill (Greensburg, PA) next Saturday at 2 pm. The game will be broadcast live on the Walsh University Football Network (AM 900 WCER, News-Talk 640 WHLO) and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.


Monday, August 27, 2007

Walsh Opens 13th Season at West Liberty State

Walsh (0-0) opens its 13th season on the road, when they play at West Liberty State (WV) (0-0) on Saturday at 1 pm. The game will be broadcast live on 900 AM WCER, News-Talk 640 WHLO and on the internet at www.wcer.us. Jim Dennison (88-42, 12 yrs./168-104-2, 25 yrs.) returns 38 letter winners from Walsh's 9-3 NAIA playoff team of 2006. It was the Cavs first post season appearance, and their best record to date. The Cavs have never had a losing season. Walsh is ranked 15th in the NAIA's preseason poll.

The Cavs and West Liberty are opening the season for the third straight year. Walsh won 42-16 at Fawcett Stadium last year and lead the series 6-3. West Liberty finished 7-4 last year and returns 35 letter winners. Walsh is 10-2 in season opening games, with their last loss coming at West Liberty (20-17) in 2005.


Monday, August 27, 2007

"Giant Eagle at Washington Square Sponsors Ticket Give-Away for Home Opener"

Tickets for Walsh's first home on September 15 against Trinity International will be available, free of charge, at the Giant Eagle in Washington Square directly across the street from Walsh. Tickets will be made available starting Friday, August 31. Magnet schedules will be also given out to the first 1,000 fans through the gates. At halftime, Walsh will honor its outstanding athletes from last season, including the top spring grade point averages from each sport, championship teams, and the Male and Female Athletes of the Year. Game time is 12 pm.