2008 Archive

Saturday, April 4, 2009

"48-Yard TD Strike Wins Spring Game"

Jimmy Shiplett (Fr., Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) threw a 48-yard TD pass to University of Illinois transfer Joe Morgan (Jr., Canton ,OH/McKinley) with 1:28 to play in the fourth quarter, to give the Gold a 22-19 win over the Maroon in Walsh's Annual Spring Game.  The Gold trailed 19-7 in the fourth quarter, when Shiplett and Morgan hooked-up for two scores.  The other was a perfectly thrown 70-yard bomb.  Shiplett, who completed 8-14 passes (218 yards), also threw a TD pass to Robert Wigfall (Fr., Hubbard, OH/HS). 

The Maroon's Donte Bryant (R-Fr., Akron, OH/North) led all rushers with 79 yards.  Teddy Robb (Fr., Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) led the Maroon receivers with six catches.   Morgan caught six passes for 177 yards.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

"Jim Dennison Announces Walsh University's 2009 Football Recruiting Class"

(North Canton, OH) Walsh University Head Football Coach Jim Dennison has announced his 2009 recruiting class. Dennison, the only coach in the programs 14-year history, is excited about the 2009 newcomers. "We are very excited about our 2009 recruiting class.  We believe we have filled our needs and achieved our recruiting goals.  We have skill, size and speed in this class. The class includes four North/South game participants, five first-team All-State players, 19 Captains, and the Prep School rushing leader in the Nation."

Walsh is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and competes in the Mid-States Football Association.

The Cavs open the 2009 season on September 5 at West Liberty State.

Dan Baco (OL, 6-1, 265, Youngstown Ursuline HS)
First-Team All-Steel Valley Conference, NE Ohio, Team Captain, North-South All-Star Game

Tim Caillet (TE, 6-6, 225, Northwest HS)
Team Captain, First-Team All-NBC, All-District, All-County, All-WHBC

Adam Castin (K-P, 5-10, 190, Pickerington Central)
First Team All-Ohio Capital Conference, Central District, All-Metro, North–South All-Star Game

Ian Chrisman (FB, 6-0, 215, Coshocton)
First-Team All-East Central Ohio League, All-Region, Team Captain

Ryan Clark (TB, 510, 190, Westerville South)
First-Team All-Ohio Capital Conference, All-District

Clay Cooper (OL, 6-4, 295, Howland)
First-Team All-State, Region, All-American Conference, All-County

Jack Dawson (QB, 6-2, 190, South Range)
First-Team All-Inter Tri-County League, All-Quad County, All-Area, Second-Team All-State,

Tyler Dix (DB, 6-2, 185, Sandusky Perkins)
First-Team All-Sandusky Bay Conference, HM All-State, Team Captain

Nathan Elliott (DL, 6-1, 240, Labrae)
First-Team All-American Conference, All-Trumbull County, All-NE Ohio, North-South Game, Team Captain

Matthew Fahey (TE/WR, 6-3, 205, The Linsly School, WV)
All-HM All-State, Second-Team All-Valley, All-OVAC

Cory Farcas (OLB, 6-2, 205, Hubbard)
First-Team All-American Conference, All-Trumbull County

Ryan Gambill (DE, 6-2, 235, East Lee County, FL)
First-Team All-Lee County, North-South All-Star Game, Team Captain

Reggie Garner (TB, 5-9, 180, (5th yr HS 2009 Kiski Prep School), (Cardinal O'Hara Buffalo HS)
First-Team All-State, All-Catholic, 2008 Buffalo News Player of the Year, Captain, 97 TD, 5163 yds
Led Nation in Prep School Rushing and 15 TDs

Kendoll Gibson (DL, 6-0, 260, East Lee County, FL)
All-Lee County. Second-Team All-Area, North-South All-Star Game, benches 415 lbs, runs 40 in 4.8

Dario Hilliard (DE, 6-5, 240, Bedford)
All-Defensive MVP

Max Holbrook (LB, 6-0, 225, Pickerington Central)
Team Captain, First-Team All-Ohio Capital Conference, Second-Team All-District, Team Defensive MVP

Matt Hoyt (DL/C 6-1, 295, Westland)
Team Captain, three letters

Michael Jefferson (DB, 5-11, 170, Stow)
First-Team All-Northeast Ohio Conference

Cody Kilar (LB, 6-2, 220, Hubbard)
Captain, First-Team All-American Conference, All-District, NEO, All-Trumbull County

Mike Kohler (FB, 6-1, 210, North Canton Hoover)
First-Team All-Federal League, Honorable Mention All-District, Team Captain
Father, Herb Kohler, played for Coach Dennison at Akron

Mike Koozer (OL, 6-1, 260, Westerville South)
Team Captain, First-Team All-Ohio Capital Conference

Jesse Mason (DB, OLB, 6-2, 190, Green)
First-Team All-Suburban League, Honorable Mention All-NEO, Team Captain

Dillon Miller (OL, 6-3, 290, Lake)
First-Team All-Federal League, All-County, All-District, Second Team All-State, Team Captain

Josh Patten (DE, 6-3, 235, North Allegheny, PA)
Second-Team All-WPIAL, Team MVP

Alfred Roberts (DB, 6-1, 177, Pickerington North)
Second-Team All-Capital Conference

Andrew Roy (DE, 6-4, 220, Tallmadge)
First-Team All-Suburban League, All-District, Honorable Mention All-State

Eric Stamets (DB, 5-11, 180, Dublin Scioto)
Second-Team All-Ohio Capital Conference, Honorable Mention All-District, Team Captain

Nick Tarolli (LB, 6-1, 215, United Local)
First-Team All-County, All-Quad County, HM All-District, Team Captain

Tra'Cario Thompson (LB, 6-2, 210, Mansfield Sr.)
First-Team All-Ohio Cardinal Conference League, Team Defensive Player of Year

Dominic Williams (DB, 5-11, 190, Archbishop Hoban)
First-Team All-North Coast League, All-District, Team Defensive Back of the Year, Team Captain

Brett Wycinski (DB, 6-0, 180, New Lexington)
North-South Game, First-Team All-Muskingum Valley Conference, All-Ohio, All-SW Ohio, SW Ohio Player of Year, Head Coach Bill Nutt played for Coach Dennison at Akron


Justin Brown (Fr., DE, 6-4, 255, Youngstown Ursuline/Iowa CC)
First Team All-State, All-Steel Valley Conference, Played in Big 33 Game

Nathan Latimer (Fr. LB, 6-0, 200, Lake HS/Lake Erie)
Lettered for Jeff Durbin at Lake

Joe Morgan (Jr., WR, 6-1, 185, Canton McKinley/Illinois)
Transfer from University of Illinois, has two years of eligibility remaining, First-Team All-Ohio at Canton McKinley, played in OH/PA Big 33 Game, Ohio North/South Classic

Teddy Robb (Fr., WR, 6-1, 195, Northwest/University of Akron)
Transfer from University of Akron, did not play for Zips, First-Team All-NBC, Second-Team All-NEO, All-District

Thursday, March 19, 2009

"Football Starts Spring Practice"

Walsh has started spring practice, in preperation for the 2009 season.  All practices are held on the turf practice field on campus.  Times and dates are listed below.

Thurs. 19 4-5:45 pm

Fri. 20 3:30-5:15 pm

Sat. 21 9:15-11:15 am

Sun. 22 Scrimmage 2 pm

Thurs. 26 4-5:45 pm

Fri. 27 3:30-5:15 pm

Sat. 28 9:15-11:15 am

Sun. 30 Scrimmage 2 pm


Wed. 1 4-5:45 pm

Thurs. 2 Scrimmage Off/Def. 4 pm

Fri. 3 3:30-5:15 pm

Sat. 4 Maroon-Gold Scrimmage 10 am

Monday, January 5, 2009

"Four Cavs Named to the MSFA All-Academic Team"

Walsh placed four student-athletes on the Mid-States Football Association All-Academic Team.  Tim Cox (Jr., Minerva, OH/HS), John Rutan (Jr., Hartville, OH/Lake), Drew Stagg (Sr., Reynoldsburg, OH/HS) and Lou Ward (Sr., East Liverpool, OH/HS) were each selected.

Cox carries a 3.50 GPA and is majoring in government/foreign affairs.  Rutan is an education major with a 3.55 GPA.  Stagg is an education major with a 3.35 GPA and Ward is a marketing major with a 3.43 GPA.

Monday, November 17, 2008

"Williams First Team All-MSFA, Tallman, Kolic Second Team"

Walsh's Brian Williams Jr., Canton, OH/McKinley/Findlay) was named first-team All-Mid-States Football Association.  He was named first-team as a return specialist, and was named second-team at defensive back.  Williams led the MSFA in kick returns (28.6).  On defense, Williams led the team with 84 tackles, and tied for the team lead wtih two interceptions.

Jeff Tallman (TB, Jr., Canton, OH/Perry) and Luke Kolic (DE, Sr., Massillon, OH/Perry) were named second team.  Tallman rushed for 918 yards and averaged 4.7 ypc with nine TDs.  He rushed 276 yards against Malone and 224 yards at Marian.  Kolic recorded 47 tackles at defensive end, and led the team with 12.5 tackles for a loss and with six sacks.

Keith Anderson (DL, Sr., Toledo, OH/Scott), Dan Robinson (RS-FR., Wadsworth, OH/HS) Chris Stiel (OL, Sr., Reynoldsburg, OH/HS) adn  Jason Stiel (LB, So., Reynoldsburg, OH/HS) were named honorable mention.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

"Cavs Close Season With Win at Taylor"

Walsh (3-8, 1-5) quarterback Marc Pullen (Sr., Akron, OH/Ellet) scored on a naked bootleg with 1:27 to play to give the Cavs a 24-17 come-from-behind win at Taylor University (3-8, 1-6) in Upland, Indiana.  The win snapped the Cavs four-game losing streak and provided them with their first Mid-States Football Association Mideast victory.

After a scoreless first quarter, Taylor scored ten second quarter points and led 10-7 at the half.  Walsh's only score came on a Pullen option run with 3:07 to play in the first half to tie the game at 7-7.  Taylor took the halftime lead when Nick Davis kicked a 26-yard field goal with just 15 seconds left in the half.  Walsh then tied the game with 2:47 to play in the third quarter on a 22-yard field goal by Eric Buchanan (So., Green Cove Springs, FL/Clay).  Taylor would answer on the next possession to regain the lead at 17-10 on a 48-yard TD pass from Shaun Addison to Ryan Magnuson.  The Cavs tied the game at 17-17, as Pullen hit freshman tight end Jared Suvak (Galena, OH/Big Walnut) for a 44-yard score with 10:14 to play.  After Pullen's TD run for the go-ahead score, Taylor would drive to the Walsh 20-yard line in an attempt to tie the game in the final minute, but would turn the ball over on downs.

Pullen had a hand in all three scores, while passing for 189 yards on 11-22.  Mike McGill (Jr., Akron, OH/Coventry) caught five passes for 89 yards.  Jeff Tallman's (Jr., Canton, OH/Perry) bid for 1,000 yards fell short, as he was held to 69 yards on 35 carries, and finishes the season with 918 yards.  Defensive back Brian Williams (Jr., Canton, OH/McKinley/Findlay) had 10 solo tackles, while linebacker Jason Stiel (So., Reynoldsburg, OH/HS) had six solo tackles and three tackle assists.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

"Cavs Lose Fourth Straight, Close Season at Taylor"

Walsh (2-8, 0-5) lost its fourth straight game, losing 34-31 in overtime at Marian College.  The Cavs close the season in Upland, Indiana next Saturday against Taylor University at 1 pm. The game will broadcast live on the Walsh University Football Network (AM 900 WCER, News-Talk 640 WHLO AM).
JaQuan Patilla caught a 25-yard TD pass from Clay Coomer in overtime to give Marian a 34-31 overtime win over the Cavs.  Walsh had taken a 31-28 lead in the OT on Eric Buchanan's (So., Green Cove Springs, FL/Clay) 37-yard field goal.  The Cavs OT possession was filled with controversy.  With the Cavs facing third and eight on the Marian 23-yard line, it appeared that Marc Pullen (Sr., Akron, OH/Ellet) had connected with Mike McGill (Jr., Akron, OH/Coventry) for a first down on the 14-yard line. But the ball was spotted on the 16-yard line, leaving Walsh with fourth and one.  The Cavs were set to go for a first down when they were called for a false start, leaving them with fourth and five at the twenty, and Buchanan's field goal.  Marian then scored on their first play for the win.
Marian dominated the first half, scoring 21 unanswered second quarter points to lead 21-7 at halftime.  Walsh's only first half score came on a 52-yard interception return by Mike Garden (Sr. Akron, OH/Copley) in the first quarter.  Walsh tied the game in the third quarter, when Jeff Tallman (Jr., Canton, OH/Perry) scored on runs of 37 and 45 yards.  Tallman then gave Walsh the lead at 28-21, when he scored on a four-yard run with 14:36 to play.  Walsh held Marian without a first down in the second half until their final drive, which started at the 18-yard line with 1:24 to play.  The Knights drove 28 yards in 12 plays, and tied the game on Coomer's 10-yard TD pass to Zach Goodbar in the corner of the end zone with eight seconds to play.
Tallman rushed for a game-high 224 yards for the Cavs on 35 carries.  He has gained 849 yards for the year, and is third in the MSFA in rushing.  He is averaging 5.3 yards per carry and has reached the end zone nine times.  Brian Williams (Jr., Canton, OH/McKinley) leads the MSFA in kick returns (26.6) and Eric Buchanan in field goals per game (0.90).

Saturday, November 1, 2008

"Cavs Drop Third Straight (24-22) to Ohio Dominican"

Walsh fell to 2-7 overall and remained winless (0-4) in the Mid-States Football Association Mideast, after suffering a 24-22 home loss to Ohio Dominican University at Fawcett Stadium. The Cavs' seven losses are the most in a single season.  

Walsh started well on Saturday, when Brian Williams (Jr., Canton, OH/McKinley) returned a blocked field goal 68 yards for a score at the 4:22 mark of the first quarter to give the Cavs an early 7-0 lead.  ODU marched back and tied the game on the next possession on a three-yard pass with 1:44 to play in the quarter.  Eric Buchanan (So., Green Cove Springs, FL/Clay) would kick back-to-back field goals (39, 47 yds.) to put Walsh up 13-7, with 5:31 to play in the second period.  ODU would answer with a 21-yard field goal to cut the Walsh lead to 13-10 at halftime.
The Panthers scored on their first possession of the third quarter to take their first lead of the game (17-13) on a 21-yard pass. Walsh trimmed the lead to 17-16 early in the fourth quarter (14:04), on Buchanan's third field goal (42 yds.) of the game. The Panthers answered in five plays at the 12:43 mark; on a 10-yard scoring pass to take a 24-16 lead.  Walsh would rally, as Jeff Tallman (Jr., Canton, OH/Perry) scored on a one-yard plunge with 7:40 to play to pull the Cavs to within two points at 24-22.  Quarterback Jim Shiplett's (Fr., Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) two-point conversion run failed, leaving the Cavs 24-22.  Shiplett was injured on the play and left the field on a stretcher.  He suffered a concussion and is lost for the season.  Walsh would have one more possession, but turned the ball over on downs.  ODU then ran the clock out for the win.  Jeff Tallman ran for a game-high 142 yards.  Marc Pullen (Sr., Akron, OH/Ellet) started at quarterback and finished 10-24 for 107 yards.  Pullen was injured on Walsh's fourth quarter scoring drive, but returned for their final drive. 

Saturday, October 25, 2008

"Cavs (2-6, 0-3) Fall at NAIA No. 3 Saint Francis/Home Finale Next"
Walsh (2-6, 0-3) lost for the 11th straight time to the University of Saint Francis (IN), falling 52-12 in a Mid-States Football Association Mideast game at Fort Wayne, Indiana.  The loss guarantees the Cavs their second straight losing season, with three games to play. 

NAIA No. 3 USF (7-0, 4-0) turned a close game into a rout, with four touchdowns into a little over five minutes, in defeating the Cavs 52-12 on Saturday.  With Walsh trailing 17-12 late in the first half, USF scored twice in the final 2:46 of the first half and twice in the first 2:23 of the second half, to turn a five-point lead into a 33-point lead.  USF opened the scoring on their second possession, on a 10-yard run at the 8:15 mark of the first quarter.  Walsh answered, when Jason Stiel (So., Reynoldsburg, OH/HS) intercepted a Cougar pass and returned it 30 yards to the 10-yard line late in the first quarter.  Jeff Tallman (Jr., Canton, OH/Perry) then raced seven yards for a score at the 5:33 mark of the quarter.  The extra point attempt was blocked, and proved costly when holder and Cavs' punter J.C. Heighway (Sr., North Canton, OH/Hoover) was blindsided and suffered a concussion.  USF answered on the next possession, with a 29-yd TD run to take a 14-6 lead at the 1:22 mark of the first quarter. 

The Cougars increased their lead to 17-6 at the 12:43 mark of the second quarter on a 33-yard field goal.  Walsh would answer however, as Tallman finished off a six-play, 59-yard drive, with a 25-yard TD run.  Walsh's two-point pass failed, and the Cavs trailed 17-12.  The Cougars would answer the score on their next drive on a one-yard TD run and lead 24-12 with 2:26 left in the half.  Walsh quickly went three and out, and USF went 65 yards in eight-plays to score on a five-yard TD pass to lead 31-12 at halftime.

The third quarter turned disastrous, when Jeff Tallman fumbled on the 28-yardline on the first play from scrimmage.  USF recovered and scored quickly on a 23-yard TD pass to lead 38-12.  Walsh's Marc Pullen (Sr., Akron, OH/Ellet) was then picked off on the next possession for a 40-yard return for a score to increase the USF lead to 45-12.  The Cougars tacked on one more scored in the final period to end the scoring.  USF totaled 524 yards total offense, while holding the Cavs to just 79 yards.  Jeff Tallman led the Cavs with 69 yards rushing.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

"Cavs (2-5, 0-2) Suffer Heartbreak Loss to Malone/Tallman MSFA Mideast Offensive Player of the Week"
Walsh (2-5, 0-2) suffered its toughest loss to date, falling 24-21 to rival Malone University last Saturday at Fawcett Stadium.  The loss leaves the Cavs 2-5 for the first time in football history, while also keeping the Dick Gallagher Memorial Trophy in the hands of the victorious Pioneers. 

Billy Bob Orsagh's 31-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Davis with 1:18 to play, gave NAIA No. 22 Malone their third straight win over the Cavs. The TD pass completed a 12-play 96-yard drive, and gave Malone its only lead of the day. 

Malone took the second half kick-off and marched 68 yards in nine plays, for the only score of the quarter, to knot the game at 14.  Walsh regained the lead early in the fourth period, when Tallman scored on a eight-yard run at the 12:13 mark, giving the Cavs a 21-14 lead.  Malone would cut the lead to 21-17 on the next possession on a 30-yard field goal with 8:10 to play.  Walsh was able to pick-up one first down on their next possession, but was forced to punt with 4:33 to play.  The Cavs JC Heighway (Sr., North Canton, OH/Hoover) landed a beauty, pinning Malone back on the four-yard line with 4:33 to play.  Malone would then march 96 yards to come away with the come-from-behind win.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

"Cavs (2-4, 0-1) Stop Skid/Malone Next"

Walsh (2-4, 0-1) snapped a four-game losing streak with a 30-21 non-conference win over Urbana University today at Fawcett Stadium.  Next week, the Cavs return to Mid-States Football Association Mideast action against rival Malone University at 12 pm at Fawcett Stadium.  This is Walsh's home game.  The game will be broadcast live on the Walsh University Football Radio Network (News-Talk 640 AM WHLO, AM 900 WCER) and on the internet at www.wcer.us and www.640whlo.com.  The game will also be televised on tape delay at 8 pm on Saturday and on Sunday at 10 pm on the following: Time Warner Cable Digital (365), WVIM TV 52, WIVN TV 29, Tuscarawas County, Holmes County, Carroll County Channel 99, Massillon Cable (21) and Clear Picture Wayne County (21).

Walsh climbed back into the win column with a hard-fought 30-21 win over visiting Urbana University.  Urbana scored in three plays on the games' first possession, driving 88 yards in less than one minute to take a 6-0 lead.  The PAT failed.  Walsh got on the board in the second quarter when Tim Cox (Jr., Minerva, OH/HS) scored on a two-yard run.  Eric Buchanan's (So., Green Cove Springs, FL/Clay) extra point gave the Cavs a 7-6 lead at the 13:57 mark.  Urbana regained the lead at the 12:04 mark, when Jason Conner returned a Walsh punt 84 yards for a score.  The two-point conversion pass failed and Urbana led 12-7.  Walsh rallied on the next possession, when Jim Shiplett (Fr., Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) threw a 19-yard TD pass to Clinton Blossomgame (So., Columbus, OH/Beechcroft) to cap-off a 66-yard drive at the 9:18 mark.  Walsh's two-point try failed, and the Cavs took to a 13-12 lead into the locker room.

Walsh extended the lead to 20-12 at the 11:13 mark of the third quarter, when Shiplett and Mike Garden (Sr., Akron, OH/Copley) connected on a 30-yard pass play.  It was Garden's first career TD catch.  Buchanan then converted the extra point.  Urbana then came roaring back, as Kirk Hannah scored on a 71-yard run on the next possession to close to within 20-18.  The pass attempt for two points to tie the game failed.  Urbana regained the lead at the start of the fourth quarter; when Matt Hausheer kicked a 30-yard field goal to give the Blue Knights a 21-20 lead with 14:45 to play.  Walsh then returned the favor at the 4:48 mark, when Buchanan booted a 46 yarder, for a 23-21 advantage.   The Cavs then put the game away, when Shiplett scored on a one-yard plunge with 52 seconds to play.

Shiplett, making his second straight start, completed 12 of 17 passes for 158 yards.  Garden was his favorite receiver with six catches for 103 yards.  John Rutan (Jr., Hartville, OH/Lake) also caught four passes for 36 yards.  Blossomgame rushed for 82 yards, but left the game in the fourth quarter with an injury to his left knee.  He is scheduled for a MRI on Tuesday.  Blossomgame still leads the MSFA in rushing, averaging 116.7 yards per game.

Saturday,  October 4, 2008

"Cavs (1-4, 0-1) Drop MSFA Opener 23-7 at St. Xavier"

NAIA No. 21 Saint Xavier University (3-2, 1-0) limited Walsh (1-4, 0-1) to 152 yards total offense in handing the Cavs a 23-7 loss in the MSFA Mideast opener for both teams today in Chicago.  The Cougars' top ranked defense kept Walsh off the scoreboard for 59:57 seconds and held the Cavs to only 26 yards rushing.  Walsh is 1-4 for the first time in school history; and looks to get back on track in a non-league game against Urbana University (1-4) at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday at 12 pm.  The game will be broadcast live on the Walsh University Football Radio Network (News-Talk 640 AM WHLO, AM 900 WCER) and on the internet at www.wcer.us and www.640whlo.com.

Saint Xavier drove 72 yards in three plays on the games' first possession to take a 6-0 lead on a 36-yard TD pass.   The Cougars missed the extra point.  In the second quarter, SXU tacked on three more points to take a 9-0 lead on a 20-yard field goal.  The score remained 9-0 until the opening minute of the fourth quarter (14:53), when SXU scored on a 14-yard TD pass.  The PAT put the Cougars up 16-0.  The Cougars final tally came on a one-yard run at the 7:09 mark to give them a 23-0 lead.  Walsh avoided the shutout when Jim Shiplett (Fr., Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) hit Mike McGill (Jr., Barberton, OH/Coventry) on a slant for a TD with three seconds to play.  Shiplett started in place of Marc Pullen (Sr., Akron, OH/Ellet), who injured his left hand against Quincy University last Saturday.  Pullen is out for at least three weeks.

Shiplett was injured on Walsh's first possession, after running for a first down, and was replaced by University of Akron transfer Kade Wagner (R-Fr., Green, OH/HS).  Shiplett returned in the second half and was 6-21 for 95 yards in his first collegiate start.  Wagner was 5-12 for 31 yards.  The MSFA's top rusher, Clinton Blossomgame (So., Columbus, OH/Beechcroft), was held to 39 yards on 22 carries. Blossomgame still leads the MSFA in rushing, averaging 123.6 yards per game and 4.3 yards per carry.  His consecutive streak of eight straight games of rushing for more than 100 yards in a single game was snapped.  The Cavs defense did come up with two fumble recoveries and two interceptions.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

"Cavs Lose 3rd Straight, 27-25 to Quincy/Homecoming Spolied"


Walsh (1-3) lost for the third straight time, falling 27-25 to Quincy University (1-3) on Homecoming Saturday, in a Mid-States Football Association crossover game.  The Cavs open MSFA Mideast play at Saint Xavier University next Saturday.  Walsh is 1-3 for the first time since the 2000 season.

Walsh opened the scoring at the 7:35 mark of the first quarter on Eric Buchanan's (So., Green Cove Springs, FL/Clay) 42-yard field goal.  Quincy would then score twice, both on big plays, to take a 14-3 first period lead.  Red-shirt freshman quarterback Sam Donatucci connected with James Bailey for a 47-yard score and Mike James for a 41-yard score.  Donatucci passed for 347 yards on 27-44. 

The two teams combined for 25 second quarter points, as Quincy led 24-18 at halftime.  Walsh closed to within 14-9, when Marc Pullen (Sr., Akron, OH/Ellet) threw a 33-yard TD pass to Eric Magnacca (Fr., Massillon, OH/Perry).  Buchanan's PAT hit the upright.  Walsh then regained the lead at 15-14, when Clinton Blossomgame (So., Columbus, OH/Beechcroft) scored on a one-yard.  Walsh's two-point bid failed.  The teams then traded field goals, and Walsh led 18-17 with 1:17 seconds left in the first half.  But another big play enabled Quincy to take a 24-18 halftime lead, when Corey Williams raced 67 yards to pay-dirt with 59 seconds to play in the half.

The third quarter was scoreless.  Quincy then added a 27-yard Alex Beard field goal with 14:49 to play to take a 27-18 lead.  Walsh closed to within 27-25 with 1:22 to play when Pullen hit John Rutan (Jr., Hartville, OH/Lake) for a two-yard score.  Walsh's onside kick attempt failed, and Quincy ran out the clock to earn their first win of the season and first against the Cavs in five tries.

Blossomgame rushed for 189 yards, while Williams rushed for 140 yards.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

"Blocked Field Goal on Final Play Spoils Comeback"


Seton Hill University (3-0) blocked Walsh's 22-yard field goal on the final play of the game to win their third straight game 23-21.  The loss dropped Walsh to 1-2 and marks their second straight loss to a member of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.  Walsh lost to West Liberty State College at Fawcett Stadium last Saturday.

Walsh took the opening kick and marched 36 yards in six plays and scored when Jeff Tallman (Jr., Canton, OH/Perry) scored on a seven-yard run to give the Cavs the early lead.  Eric Buchanan's (So., Green Cove Springs, FL/Clay) PAT gave Walsh a 7-0 lead.  Brian Williams (Jr., Canton, OH/McKinley) returned the opening kick-off 58 yards to set-up the opening score.  Seton Hill closed the Walsh lead to 7-6 at the 2:53 mark of the first quarter, when Antwarn Jones scored on a nine-yard run.  Jones led all ball carriers with 153 yards on 26 carries.  Ray Wilkins missed the PAT, and Walsh led 7-6 after one quarter.

Seton Hill missed a chance to take the lead in the second quarter after a Walsh fumble, when Wilkins missed 25-yard field goal with 8:10 to play in the first half.  Walsh was then forced to punt on the next possession, and Seton Hill's Sammy Tranks returned the punt 89 yards for a TD.  For Tranks, it was his second return of the year for a score.  He also scored the previous week against Geneva College.  The PAT put the Griffins up 13-7.  Walsh then fumbled on the ensuing kick, but Seton Hill returned the favor on a fourth down play at the Walsh 22-yard line to give the ball back to the Cavs.  Walsh would fumble again on the next possession and Seton Hill's Andrew DeMase recovered on the Cavs 18-yard line.  Ray Wilkins would then close the first half scoring with a 34-yard field goal to give Seton Hill a 16-7 halftime lead.

Seton Hill expanded their lead to 23-7 in the third quarter, when RJ Butler raced 46 yards to pay dirt.  The PAT put the Griffins up 23-7.  Walsh came right back and marched 58 yards in five plays and scored on Clinton Blossomgame's (So., Columbus, OH/Beechcroft) 28-yard run.  The Cavs then added the two-point conversion, when Marc Pullen (Sr., Akron, OH/Ellet) found Mike McGill (Jr., Barberton, OH/Coventry) on a slant to trim the lead to 23-15. 

Walsh cut the lead to 23-21 at the 9:25 mark of the fourth quarter, when Pullen scored on a one-yard run.  The Cavs' two-point conversion pass failed.  It appeared as if the Griffins would then ice the game, when Jones raced to the Walsh 12-yard line on a 43-yard run.  The Griffins then advanced to the three-yard line, but failed to score when Jones was dropped for a loss by Mark Sexton (Jr., New Philadelphia, OH/HS) and Tony Reed (So., Warren, OH/Harding) on fourth down at the four-yard line.  Walsh would start its final drive on their own four-yard line with six minutes to play.  The Cavs would then methodically march down the field, as Blossomgame rushed for 36 yards, Jeff Tallman 11 and Tim Cox (Jr., Minerva, OH/HS) 14 yards, with Pullen completing a four-yard pass to Tallman. Walsh reached the Seton Hill five-yard on third down with five seconds to play, then opted for the game-winning field.  Walsh used their final time out to stop the clock and then Seton Hill their final one to freeze Buchanan.  Then when play began, the middle of the Seton Hill line surged and got a piece of the kick, which landed short to give Seton Hill its first win over the Cavs in three tries.

Blossomgame led Walsh with 128 yards and Pullen completed 6-15 passes for 31 yards.

The Cavs are idle until September 27, when they host Quincy University at 12 pm.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

"West Liberty Downs Cavs 24-10"

 West Liberty State College (1-1) handed Walsh University (1-1) its first loss of the season, 24-10 at Fawcett Stadium today.  The Hilltoppers defense limited the Cavs to 10 first downs and 252 yards total offense.   Penalties and turnovers also hurt the Cavs, as they turned the ball over three times on interceptions and were whistled for 11 penalties. 
West Liberty scored on its first possession, as Tony DiMarco caught a 33-yd TD pass from back-up quarterback Nate Worek.  Worek started in place of Zach Amedro, who was injured in their loss to Edinboro University last week.  Billy Hager's point after put the Hilltoppers up 7-0 at the 11:56 mark of the first quarter.
Walsh then put together their best drive of the game, marching 72 yards in seven plays, but had to settle for a 32-yard field goal from Eric Buchanan (So., Green Cove Springs, FL/Clay) at the 5:35 of the first quarter.  Walsh took its only lead of the game in the second period (12:53), when Clinton Blossomgame (So., Columbus, OH/Beechcroft) raced 68 yards for a TD, to put the Cavs up 10-7 after Buchanan's point after. 
West Liberty tied the game with 11 seconds left in the first half on a Hager 43-yard field goal.  The drive was boosted by a pass interference call on Walsh, which gave West Liberty at first down at the Walsh 39-yard line.
The Hilltoppers snapped the tie in the third quarter, when Worek connected on a 27-yard TD to Eddie Hills.  They added a fourth quarter score with 49 seconds to play, when Branden Ore scored on an eight-yard run.  Ore led all rushers with 167 yards on 26 carries. Worek completed 12 of 18 passes for 173 yards.  Clinton Blossomgame led Walsh with 123 yards on 28 carries.
Walsh is home to Seton Hill University at 12 pm next Saturday.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

"Defense Sparkles in 31-7 Win over Trinity"


(Deerfield, IL) Walsh (1-0) limited Trinity International (0-1) to only 105 yards of total offense, in a convincing 31-7 win in the season opener for both teams today. Trinity's only score came after they recovered a Cavs' fumble inside the five-yard line and then preceeded to score.  Walsh opens the home season next Saturday, September 6 at Fawcett Stadium against West Liberty State at 12 pm.  Tickets for the game are available free of charge at the Giant Eagle in Washington Square, directly across the street from Walsh.  Magnet schedules will be handed out to the first 1,000 fans.

While the defense was outstanding, the offense scored twice in the first quarter to give the Cavs a 14-0 lead.  Zach Pridemore (So., Scio, OH/Carrollton, OH) caught a 15-yard scoring pass from Marc Pullen (Sr., Akron, OH/Ellet) on the games first possession to give Walsh the early lead.  Eric Buchanan's (So., Green Cove Springs FL/Clay) point after put Walsh ahead 7-0 at the 13:37 mark of the first quarter. After the Cavs forced Trinity to a three and out, the Cavs marched 45 yards and increased their lead when Clinton Blossomgame (RS-So., Columbus, OH/Beechcroft) scored from seven yards out to put the Cavs up by two scores.  Buchanan's kick gave the Cavs a 14-0 lead. Trinity's only score came just five second into the second quarter, when quarterback Jakob Mareno scored on a four-yard run.  Walsh led 14-7 at the half.

Walsh added two scores in the third quarter, the first when Buchanan connected on a career-best 47-yard field goal to give the Cavs a 17-7 lead at the 9:08 mark of the third quarter.  Pridemore would then catch his second TD pass of the day, when Pullen found him open on a ten-yard TD pass.  Blossomgame closed the scoring with two-yard TD run with 9:37 to play.  Blossomgame rushed for 139 yards on 35 carries and Pullen passed for 88 yards.

The defense picked off three passes and recovered two fumbles. Chris Bivens (So., Alliance, OH/HS), Luke Kolic (Sr., Massillon, OH/Perry) and Brian Williams (Jr., Canton, OH/McKinley/Findlay) all had interception.  Williams also returned a kick-off 42 yards and returned three punts for 35 yards.   Bivins also recovered a fumble.   The defense also came up big in the third quarter, when Trinity recovered a Walsh fumble and marched to the seven-yard line in an attempt to tie the game, when Sian Cotton (Sr., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) sacked the quarterback for a eight-yard loss back to the 15-yard.  The Trojans would then miss a 36-yard field goal.

Thursday, August 21, 2007

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

Tickets for Walsh's first home football game on September 6 against West Liberty State University 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 22.  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.  

Walsh opens the regular season on Saturday, August 30 at Trinity International in Chicago.  The game will be broadcast live on the Walsh University Football Network (900 WCER AM, News-Talk 640 WHLO AM, SportsRadio 1350 AM) and on the internet at www.wcer.us.