2009 Archive

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

"Former Walsh DB, Rayshaun Kizer, Named AFL Playmaker of the Game"

Former Walsh University defensie back (2003-06) Rayshaun Kizer (5-10, 192, Euclid, OH/HS) has been selected as the Arena Football League (AFL) "Nifty Playmaker of the Game." Kizer plays for the Orlando Predators.

Kizer made the plays and made them count in Orlando's victory over the Dallas Vigilantes. While the Predators trailed most of the game, it was Kizer's late game performance that gave Orlando the victory. In his first start for the team this season, Kizer picked off three passes and recovered a fumble, all in the fourth quarter. The fumble recovery allowed Orlando to hold on to the lead as the game wound down. In addition to the interceptions and fumble recovery, Kizer also tallied three tackles and three pass break-ups.

photo courtesy Orlando Predators (AFL)


Sunday, April 18, 2010

"Gold Win Defensive Minded Spring Game"

Walsh completed its spring football today with the annual Maroon/Gold Game, won by the Gold Team 6-3. The Cavs will next take the field at Fawcett Stadium on September 4 against Kentucky Christian University (12 pm).

Both scores came after turnovers in the defensive minded spring finale. The only touchdown was scored by the Gold at the 3:04 mark of the first quarter. After recovering a fumble, Clinton Blossomgame (Jr., Columbus, OH/Beechcroft) scored on a two-yard run to give the Gold a 6-0 lead. The point after was blocked, and the first half ended 6-0.

The Maroon took advantage of a fumble recovery to set-up their only score at the 6:01 mark of the third quarter, when Mat Schaefer (Fr., West Salem, OH/Northwestern) booted a 33-yard field goal. The Maroon had a golden opportunity to win the game, or at least tie the game in the final seconds. Jim Shiplett (So., Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) connected with Alvin Howard (Fr.,Warren, OH/JFK) on 34-yard strike to give the Maroon a first and goal on the one-yard line in the final 30 seconds, but a celebration penalty followed, putting the ball on the 16-yard line. After Shiplett was sacked on third down back on the 26-yard line, Schafer missed a 43-yard field goal with two seconds left which would have tied the game.

Blossomgame led all rushers with 65 yards on 15 carries. Robert Wigfall (Fr., Youngstown, OH/Hubbard) led all receivers with three catches for 54 yards. For the Maroon, Rashid Sharif (So., Cleveland, OH/Collinwood) rushed for 50 yards on 11 carries. Kade Wagner (So., Green, OH/HS) caught two Shiplett passes for 19 yards.


Monday, April 12, 2010

"Spring Game on Sunday"

Walsh completes spring football practice with the annual spring game this Sunday, on campus at 1:45 pm. The jersey scrimmage is slated for Friday at 4 pm. Both scrimmages are free and open to the public.


Wednesday, March 31, 2010

"Dennison Announces 2010 Football Recruiting Class"

Walsh University Head Football Coach Jim Dennison has announced his 2010 recruiting class. Dennison, the only coach in the programs 15-year history, guided Walsh to an 8-3 mark in 2009 and a final ranking of 16th in the NAIA. "I am excited about our 2010 recruiting class and the fact we filled our immediate needs. The emphasis was on big offensive and defensive interior people and we accomplished that goal. We also brought in some speed and we have several transfers working with us this spring. Overall our 2010 class will complement our 77 returning players."

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

The Cavs open the 2010 season on September 4th at home against Kentucky Christian University at 12 pm at Fawcett Stadium

2010 Recruiting ClassNoah Baldwin (K-P-TE, 6-1, 200, Zanesville HS)
First-Team All Eastern District, Special Mention All-Ohio, Team Captain

Ben Buzzelli (OL, 6-5, 285, Wadsworth HS)
First-Team All District-All Suburban League, Third-Team All-State, Team Captain, Division I State Champion Heavyweight Wrestler (45-4)

Ryan Christiansen (QB-WR, 6-2, 195, Lake HS)
All-Stark County, All NE Inland, All Federal League, Second-Team All State

Jerrod Combs (TE, 6-1, 225, Tuslaw HS)
Honorable Mention All PAC 7, Honorable Mention All Inland District, First-
Team All PAC 7 (Baseball)

Zach Durant (OL, 6-5, 270, Walsh Jesuit HS)
Offensive Lineman of the Year, Most Improved Offensive Player

Ryan Enlow (INT/OL, 6-1, 290, Lake HS)
Heavily Recruited DII

Tyler Erb (QB, 6-1, 185, Geneva HS)
First-Team All County, All District, Honorable Mention All State

Jeffrey Farrell (WR, 6-1, 170, Bishop Verot HS, FL)
All Lee County, Lee County All Star Game

Adam Ferback (OL, 6-5, 300, Sandusky Perkins HS)
First-Team All SBC, All District, Second-Team All Ohio

Nathan Filut (LB, 6-3, 210, Strongsville HS)
Three-year Letterman, Team Captain

Kyle Kelly (INT, 6-0, 255, Manchester HS)
First-Team All NE Ohio Inland, All League, 47-4 Division III Heavyweight Wrestler (Third in State), Team Captain in Football and Wrestling

Jamaal McClain (INT, 6-1, 270, Canton McKinley HS)
First-Team All County, First-Team Federal League, All District, Honorable Mention All State

David McLaughlin (DE, 6-3, 240, Poland HS)
All Conference, Team Captain

Garrett Patterson (OL, 6-4, 285, Tusky Valley HS)
First Team All PAC, All Eastern District, Honorable Mention All Ohio

Tymicheal Powell (INT/OL, 6-2, 290, Riverdale HS, FL)
Iron Man Award, Defensive Lineman of the Year

Eric Pucillo (OL/C, 6-2, 265, Kent Roosevelt HS)
Two-Year Letterman, Second-Team All Conference, Team Captain

Devin Richardson (TB, 5-9, 175, Akron Ellet H S)
First-Team All-City, Second-Team All District, Leading Rusher in City with 1,401 yards and 12 touchdowns

Matt Shelton (QB, 6-3, 180, Hubbard HS)
All Conference, All NE Ohio, Third-Team All-Ohio, Team MVP, Team Captain

Steve Smith (TB-DB, 5-10, 195, Norton HS)
First-Team All Conference, All NE Ohio

Cameron Trudell (LB, 5-10, 205, Walnut Ridge HS)
First-Team All Conference, All District, Special Mention All Ohio, Team Captain

Kyle Vaclav (DB, 5-11, 175, Canfield HS)
All NE Ohio, All League, Three-Year Letterman, Second Team All Ohio

Cody Welker (QB, 6-1, 175, Sandy Valley HS)
All Conference, All Stark County, Honorable Mention All Ohio

Corey Wortinger (LB, 6-1, 215, Mariner HS, FL)
Lee County All-Star Game

Adam Zahner (DB-WR, 6-1, 180, Tiffin Calvert HS)
Team Captain, Second Team All League, All District

TRANSFER/ADDITIONS
A.J. Bunton (WR, 5-10, 165, West Deptford HS, Temple U/ Univ. of Delaware)

James Howard (WR, 6-0, 150, Warren JFK HS/KSU Trumbull)

Nick Kohuth (INT/DE, 6-3, 255, Lakeview HS/KSU Trumbull)

Jake Kruegel (WR, 5-8, 155, Leetonia SG/Kent State)

Josh Patten (INT, 6-3, 235, North Allegheny HS, PA)

Kirk Richardson (INT/DE, 6-5, 245, Mariner, FL/ Edison CC)
All Conference, Lee County All Star Game, Team Captain

Derrick Stewart (DB, 5-10, 175, Ursuline HS/ Univ. of Cincinnati. Fort Scott CC)

Gary Thornton (FB, 5-10, 220, Youngstown Rayen HS/Youngstown State)

Spring Ball

Walsh has 77 returners from our squad who just completed several weeks of fitness and weight lifting. Spring ball will end with the Maroon-Gold game on Sunday, April 18 at 1:45 p.m. at our campus facility. The public is invited to our remaining scrimmages on April 10 at 10:00 a.m., April 16 at 4:00 p.m., and April 18 at 1:45 p.m.

"We have starters returning in virtually all positions and look forward to a great 2010 season," exclaimed Dennison.


Monday, January 25, 2010

"Cox, Jason Stiel Earn All-MSFA Academic Honors"

Tim Cox (Jr., Minerva, OH/HS) and Jason Stiel (Jr., Reynoldsburg, OH/HS) have been named to the 2009 All-Mid-States Football Association All-Academic Team. Cox, a government/foreign affairs major, carries a 3.43 grade point average. Stiel, a chemistry major, sports a 3.28 grade point average.


Friday, November 20, 2009

"Cavs Fill 15 Places on All-Mid-States Mideast Team"

Walsh (8-3, 5-2) filled 15 spots on the Mid-States Football Association All-Mideast Team. The Cavs had five players received first-team recognition, six received second-team and three honorable mention.

Despite missing the final two games due to injury tailback Clinton Blossomgame (Jr., 6-0, 220, Columbus, OH/Beechcroft) received first-team honors for the second time. Blossomgame rushed for 1315 yards and led the MSFA with a 146.1 per game average on 228 attempts. He reached the end zone 14 times on the ground and caught one TD pass for a league leading 90 points and 10.0 point per game average. He caught eight passes for 38 yards. Joining Blossomgame on the offensive team are left tackle Chris Stiel (Sr., 6-6, 280, Sr., Reynoldsburg, OH/HS) and tight end Brad Schrecengost (6-7, 255, Jr., Cortland, OH/Lakeview). Stiel, after transferring to Walsh from Ashland University after his freshman season, is making his second appearance on the all-league team. He was an honorable mention selection last year. Schrecengost, a first time selection, proved to be one of the finest blocking tight ends in the MSFA. Stiel and Schrecengost paced an offensive line that allowed only seven quarterback sacks, rushed for 228.1 yards per game and scored 48 touchdowns.

Mike Welce (Jr., 5-8, 186, Columbiana, OH/HS) and Brian Williams (Sr., 5-9, 160, Canton, OH/McKinley) were named to the first-team defense. Welce sparked the Cavs blitzing defense with a team-leading nine sacks and 16.5 tackles for a loss at outside linebacker. Welce is a first-time selection. Welce recorded 50 tackles and broke-up three passes. Williams makes his second appearance on the defensive team at corner back. He was a second team selection last season. He finished with 44 tackles, with 3.5 for a loss with two interceptions and eight pass break-ups. He was also named as one the MSFA's two return specialist. He led the MSFA with a 29.2 kick return average with a long return of 87 yards. He also averaged 13.4 per punt return (2nd MSFA) with one touchdown and long return of 61 yards (TD).

The Cavs placed three players on the second-team offense. Tim Goodman (So., 6-6, 270, Norton, OH/Copley) was selected a right tackle, Joe Morgan (Jr., 6-1, 185, Canton, OH/McKinley/Illinois) at wide receiver and Derrick Showell (So., 6-5, 260, Columbus, Oh/Briggs) at left guard. All three are making their first appearance on the all-league team. Goodman and Showell started every game at their respective positions. Morgan, a transfer from the University of Illinois, made an immediate impact on the offense despite missing two of the last three games with a separated shoulder. He led the Cavs in catches with 38 for 664 yards and a 17.5 per catch average. He caught four touchdown passes. He also returned a punt for a touchdown and five kicks for a 31.6 average.

Walsh placed three players on the second-team defense. Sian Cotton (Sr., 6-4, 330, Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) was selected on the defensive interior, Jason Stiel (Jr., 6-2, 220, Reynoldsburg, OH/HS) at linebacker and Sterling Tatum (Sr., 5-8, 174, Cleveland, OH/Maple Heights) and cornerback. Cotton stabilized the line against the run and recorded 22 tackles, with two sacks. Stiel led the team in tackles with 78. He recorded 4.5 tackles for a loss with 1.5 sacks, one interception, three pass break-up and one fumble recovery. Tatum had 38 tackles with an interception and seven pass break-ups.

Walsh placed three players on the honorable mention team. Aaron Donze (So., 6-2, 205, Stow, OH/Tallmadge) was selected at linebacker, Pat Kane (R-Fr., 6-1, 184, Bolivar, OH/Tusky Valley) at strong safety and Rodd Story (So., 6-2, 224, Cape Coral, FL/Mariner) at outside linebacker. Donze finished second on the team in tackles with 70, with 5.0 for a loss and 4.5 sacks. He also picked off two passes and had three pass break-ups. Kane tied for team lead with three interceptions to go with a team-best 14 pass break-ups. He finished fourth with 61 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss and one sack. Story was third on the team with 63 tackles and second with 10.0 for a loss. He also recorded 3.5 sacks and two pass break-ups.


Monday, November 16, 2009

"Welce Named MSFA Special Teams Player of the Week"

Walsh outside linebacker Mike Welce (Jr., Columbiana, OH/HS) pictured right was named Mid-States Football Association Mideast Special Teams Player of the Week. Welce picked-up a blocked field goal and raced 83 yards for a touchdown with 10 seconds to play in the first half to give the Cavs a 21-7 halftime lead in their 41-7 win over Marian University on Saturday.


Monday, November 16, 2009

"Cavs (8-3, 5-2) Finish Strong, Miss Playoffs"

Despite jumping five spots to No. 16 Walsh (8-3, 5-2) in the NAIA's final regular season poll, the Cavs missed qualifying for the playoffs. Walsh took care of business with a 41-7 thrashing of Marian University on Saturday, marking a five-game improvement from their 2008 season record of 3-8. The Cavs 5-2 Mid-States Football Association Mideast record is good for a three-way tie with Taylor University and the University of Saint Francis (IN).

Kevin Beichler (Jr., Orrville, OH/Smithville) had a big day for the Cavs off the bench rushing for 110 yards and scoring twice. Beichler's 55-yard burst at the 2:48 mark of the first quarter gave the Cavs a 7-0 lead. Senior Mike McGill (Barberton, OH/Coventry) then caught a nine-yard TD pass from Jim Shiplett (So., Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) in the second period to give the Cavs a 14-0 lead. Marian cut the lead in half (7-14) on a 36-yard TD pass with 6:56 to play in the half. After the teams traded interceptions, Marian was poised to cut into the lead a little more when disaster struck. Walsh's Sterling Tatum (Sr., Cleveland, OH/Maple Heights) blocked a 27-yard field goal attempt and Mike Welce (Jr., Columbiana, OH/HS) picked-up the bouncing ball and raced 83 yards for a touchdown with 10 seconds to play in the half to give the Cavs a 21-7 halftime advantage.

Beichler then scored on a 13-yard run late in the third quarter (4:08) to increase the lead to 27-7. Walsh would add two fourth quarter scores to ice the game. Shiplett hit Robert Wigfall (R-Fr., Youngstown, OH/Hubbard) for a 22-yard score and Rashid Sharif (So., Cleveland, OH/Collinwood) for a seven-yard score. Shiplett completed 11-16 passes for 181 yards and three scores. He was a perfect 7-7 in the second half. Wigfall caught five passes for 62 yards and Joe Morgan (Jr., Canton, OH/McKinley/Illinois) played his first game since his shoulder separation against Malone and caught two passes for 28 yards.


Saturday, November 14, 2009

"Cavs Keep Playoff Hopes Alive with 41-7 Win"

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NAIA No. 21 Walsh (8-3, 5-2) kept its NAIA playoff hopes alive with a decisive 41-7 win over visiting Marian University (6-5, 3-4) in the Mid-States Football Association Mideast regular season finale for both teams. Walsh must now sit and wait for the results of other games to see if they can leap enough in the rankings in order to qualify for the post season. Pairings will be announced at 1 pm EST tomorrow.

Today's win, coupled with the University of Saint Francis' (IN) loss at Taylor University, leaves the Cavs in a three-way tie for second place in the Mideast with the Cougars and Trojans.

Kevin Beichler (Jr., Orrville, OH/Smithville) pictured right had a big day for the Cavs off the bench rushing for 110 yards and scoring twice. Beichler's 55-yard burst at the 2:48 mark of the first quarter gave the Cavs a 7-0 lead. Senior Mike McGill (Barberton, OH/Coventry) then caught a nine-yard TD pass from Jim Shiplett (So., Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) in the second period to give the Cavs a 14-0 lead. Marian cut the lead in half (7-14) on a 36-yard TD pass from Matt Rogers to Chris Rutherford with 6:56 to play in the half. After the teams traded interceptions, Marian was poised to cut into the lead a little more when disaster struck. Walsh's Sterling Tatum (Sr., Cleveland, OH/Maple Heights) blocked a 27-yard field goal attempt and Mike Welce (Jr., Columbiana, OH/HS) picked-up the bouncing ball and raced 83 yards for a touchdown with 10 seconds to play in the half to give the Cavs a 21-7 halftime advantage.

Beichler then scored on a 13-yard late in the third quarter (4:08) to increase the lead to 27-7. Walsh would add two fourth quarter scores to ice the game. Shiplett hit Robert Wigfall (R-Fr., Youngstown, OH/Hubbard) for a 22-yard score and Rashid Sharif (So., Cleveland, OH/Collinwood) for a seven-yard score. Shiplett completed 11-16 passes for 181 yards and three scores. He was a perfect 7-7 in the second half. Wigfall caught five passes for 62 yards and Joe Morgan (Jr., Canton, OH/McKinley/Illinois) played his first game since his shoulder separation against Malone and caught two passes for 28 yards.


Monday, November 9, 2009

"Cavs Jump Two Notches to 21 in 9th NAIA Coaches Poll"

NAIA TOP 25

Walsh (7-3, 4-2) moved up two spots to number 21 in the NAIA's ninth coaches poll of the season. The Cavs received 118 points. Two of the Cavs three losses have come at the hands of NAIA ranked teams. Saint Xavier University (11-0) is number five and the University of Saint Francis (IN) (7-2) number 11. Walsh's other loss was at the hands of NCAA II West Liberty State (10-1), number nine in the latest division two poll..

This week Walsh hosts Marian University (6-4, 3-3) in the regular season finale. Kick-off is 12 pm (EST) for the Mid-States Football Association Mideast game. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us), and on NewsTalk 640 WHLO (www.640whlo.com) starting at 11:45 am with the pregame show.


Monday, November 9, 2009

"Cavs Roll at Trinity"

NAIA No. 23 Walsh (7-3, 4-2) bounced back from their tough loss to unbeaten Saint Xavier University, with a 38-7 thrashing of Trinity International in a Mid-States Football Association Mideast road encounter last Saturday. This week the Cavs close the regular season at home with MSFA Mideast foe Marian University at 12 pm at Fawcett Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us) and on NewsTalk 640 WHLO (www.640whlo.com) at 11:45 am.

Toba Olarewaju (R-Fr., Youngstown, OH/Christian) rushed for a career-high 202 yards and scored three rushing touchdowns in the lopsided win. Olarewaju scored on runs of 15-yards and two one-yard carries. Kevin Beichler (Jr., Orrville, OH/Smithville) came off the bench to add two TDs on runs of six and four yards. Beichler rushed for 94 yards on 12 carries. Walsh rolled-up 422 yards total offense, with 315 yards coming on the ground. The Cavs defense limited Trinity to 188 yards total offense.

Walsh closes the home season with Marian University (6-4, 3-3) on Saturday. The Knights scored with ten seconds to play to beat Malone University 28-24 in Indianapolis, IN on Saturday. Marian quarterback Matt Rogers passed for 272 yards and four touchdowns. Wide receiver Chris Rutherford caught six passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns. The all-time series between the teams is tied at 1-1. Marian won 34-31 in overtime in Indianapolis last year.


Saturday, November 7, 2009

"Olarewaju Rushes for 202 Yards in 38-7 win at Trinity"

Walsh's (7-3, 4-2) Toba Olarewaju (R-Fr., Youngstown, OH/Christian) rushed for a career-high 202 yards and scored three rushing touchdowns in the Cavs 38-7 Mid-States Football Association win at Trinity International University (0-11, 0-7) today. The Cavs close the regular season at home against Marian University at 12 pm next Saturday.

Olarewaju scored on a 15-yard run on the Cavs second possession of the first quarter to give Walsh a 7-0 lead. Eric Buchanan (Jr., Green Cove Springs, FL/Clay) then booted a 25-yard goal as time expired to give the Cavs a 10-0 halftime lead. Olarewaju scored his second TD on a one-yard run at the 11:28 mark of the third quarter as the Cavs went up 17-0.

Kevin Beichler (Jr., Orrville, OH/Smithville) then came off the bench to spell Olarewaju in the period and scored on a six-yard run to extend the lead to 24-0. Beichler would finish the day with 94 yards on 12 carries, with most of his yards coming on the TD drive.

Walsh would score twice in the final period. Olarewaju scored his third TD on a one-yard at the 11:08 mark to give the Cavs a 31-0 lead. Trinity spoiled the shutout with a four-yard TD run with 4:09 to play. Walsh closed the scoring on Beichler's second TD of the day, on a four-yard run with 2:07 remaining.

Walsh piled up 422 yards total offense, while holding the Trojans to 188. Walsh quarterback Jim Shiplett (So., Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) completed 7-16 passes for 107 yards, hooking-up with Mike McGill (Sr., Barberton, OH/Coventry, OH) four times for 65 yards.


Monday, November 2, 2009

"Cavs Fall to 23rd"

NAIA TOP 25

Walsh (6-3, 3-2) fell five spots to number 23 in the NAIA's eighth coaches poll of the season. The 34-17 loss to NAIA No. 6 Saint Xavier University prompted the drop. This week Walsh travel to Trinity International for a 2 pm (EST) start in a Mid-States Football Association Mideast game. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us), and on NewsTalk 640 WHLO (www.640whlo.com) starting at 5:45 with the pregame show.


Thursday, October 29, 2009

"Sixth Ranked Cougars Too Much for Cavs"

BOXSCORE

Despite holding NAIA No. 6 Saint Xavier University (10-0, 6-0) 17 points below their scoring average of 51.6 points per game, NAIA No. 18 Walsh (6-3, 3-2) fell 34-17 in a key Mid-States Football Association game at Fawcett Stadium tonight. The loss all but ends the Cavs chances of a post season berth. Next Saturday Walsh travels to Trinity International for a MSFA Mideast game.

Saint Xavier scored 21 first quarter points to take control and led 28-10 at the half. After scoring on their second possession to take a 7-0 lead, SXU's Pat Geary picked off Jim Shiplett's (So., Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) pass and raced 43 yards to the Walsh seven-yard line to set-up their second score. The Cougars took a 14-0 lead when Corey Wennmache caught a seven-yard TD pass from Anthony Kropp at the 6:44 mark. Walsh closed to 14-3 on Eric Buchanan's (Jr., Green Cove Springs, FL/Clay) 39-yard field goal with 1:57 to play in the first period. SXU answered Walsh's score when Bil McKeon scored on a one-yard run with three second to play in the quarter to increase the lead to 21-3.

Each team scored second quarter TDs. Saint Xavier led 28-3 when Kroop scored on a one-yard plunge with 8:25 left in the half. Walsh scored the game's fourth one-yard run when Shiplett snuck in with 4:44 to play in the half.

Walsh held SXU to two second half field goals, one in each quarter, but could only tally seven points against the stingy Cougar defense. Walsh reached paydirt with 1:40 to play when Robert Wigfall (R-Fr., Youngstown, OH/Hubbard) caught a 10-yard TD pass from Shiplett.

The Cougars held the NAIA's top rusher, Clinton Blossomgame (Jr., Columbus, OH/Beechcroft), to 48 yards on just 10 carries. Blossomgame missed most of the second quarter after banging-up his right knee. He returned in the third quarter. Shipett was 12-36 for 101 yards. Wigfall caught seven passes for 47 yards. SXU rolled up 430 total yards on offense, with Anthony Kropp completing 27 of 54 passes for 347 yards. Bill McKeon caught a season-high 14 passes for 144 yards.


Monday, October 26, 2009

"Cavs 18th in Latest Poll"

NAIA TOP 25

Walsh (6-2, 3-1) moved up two spots to number 18 in the latest NAIA Coaches Poll. The Cavs received 145 votes in the seventh poll of the season. This Thursday night (6 pm) the Cavs face NAIA No. 6 St. Xavier University (9-0, 5-0) at Fawcett Stadium in a key Mid-States Football Association game. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us), and on NewsTalk 640 WHLO (www.640whlo.com) starting at 5:45 with the pregame show.


Saturday, October 24, 2009

"24-Point Third Quarter Brings Gallagher Trophy Back to Walsh"

BOXSCORE

(Canton, OH) NAIA No. 20 Walsh (6-2, 3-1) scored 24 unanswered points in the third quarter to defeat Malone University (2-5, 0-4) 31-14 in a Mid-States Football Association Mideast game at Fawcett Stadium. The win brings the Dick Gallagher Memorial Trophy back to Walsh, and snaps a three-game skid against the Pioneers. Walsh now faces a short week, as they host St. Xavier University on Thursday night at 6 pm at Fawcett Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us), and on NewsTalk 640 WHLO (www.640whlo.com).

Walsh drove 99 yards in 12 plays on their first possession to take the early lead when Joe Morgan (Jr., Canton, OH/McKinley/Illinois) caught a 20-yard TD pass from Jim Shiplett (So., Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest). The point after gave the Cavs a 7-0 lead. Malone answered the Walsh score on their next possession and tied the game at 7-7 on a one-yard TD run by Marcus McFolling. The drive was set-up by Derrick McLean's 60-yard kick return. Malone then grabbed the halftime lead (14-7) when McFolling scored on another one-yard plunge with four minutes to play in the half.

The second half was all Walsh. With fans barely settled back into their seats, Brian Williams returned the second half kick-off 87 yards to the Malone five-yard line. The NAIA's top rusher, Clinton Blossomgame (Jr., Columbus, OH/Beechcroft), then scored on a five-yard run to close the Cavs to within a point. Eric Buchanan's (Jr., Green Cove Springs, FL/Clay) point after then tied the game at 14-14. Malone fumbled the ensuing kick-off, but Walsh failed to capitalize when Buchanan missed from 40 yards out. After Malone went three and out, Walsh marched 42 yards in 12 plays and regained the lead at 17-14 on a 42-yard Buchanan field goal with 5:276 to play in the quarter.

Walsh would add two more scores in the third quarter, the first on an eight-yard run by Toba Olarewaju (R-Fr., Youngstown, OH/Christian) with 1:13 to play to put Walsh on top 24-14 after Buchanan's PAT. On Malone's next possession, Justin Brown picked-up a Malone fumble and raced 23 yards to pay-dirt with eight seconds left in the quarter to give Walsh a commanding 31-14 lead. Neither side would score in the fourth quarter.

Walsh held Malone to 105 yards total offense and six first downs in the second half. Walsh also held controlled the clock, holding the football for over 21 minutes in the second half.

Clinton Blossomgame rushed for 103 tough yards, but had plenty of help. Toba Olarewaju rushed for 57 yards, Joe Morgan 38 yards on an end around, Robert Wigfall (R-Fr., Youngstown, OH/Hubbard) 36 yards and Kevin Beichler (Jr., Orrville, OH/Smithville) carried once for 26 yards. Walsh rushed for 257 yards.

Mike Welce (Jr., Columbiana, OH/HS) led the defense, which forced three fumbles, with seven tackles, three tackles for a loss and a sack. Walsh held Malone to 276 yards total offense.


Monday, October 19, 2009

"Cavs No. 20 in Latest NAIA Poll"

TOP 25

Walsh (5-2, 2-1) moved up one notch to number 20 in the latest NAIA Coaches Poll. The Cavs received 113 votes in the sixth poll of the season. This week the Cavs face Malone University (2-4, 0-3) at Fawcett Stadium in the annual battle for the Dick Gallahger Memorial Trophy. Kick-off is set for 1 pm. This is Malone's home game. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us), and on NewsTalk 640 WHLO (www.640whlo.com).


Monday, October 19, 2009

"Blossomgame Rushes for 224 yards in Win at Taylor, Earns Player of Week Honors"

Walsh's Clinton Blossomgame (Jr., Columbus, OH/Beechcroft) went over 1000 yards for the season and scored two touchdowns, as NAIA No. 21 Walsh (5-2, 2-1) defeated Taylor University (3-3, 1-2) 31-12 in a Mid-States Football Association Mideast game on Saturday. Blossomgame rushed for 224 yards and now has totaled 1164 for the year. For the effort, he earned MSFA Mideast Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second time this season. Walsh returns to Fawcett Stadium this Saturday to battle rival Malone University in a 1 pm MSFA Mideast start. This is Malone's home game. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us), and on NewsTalk 640 WHLO (www.640whlo.com).

After dropping a heartbreaker to number four University of St. Francis (IN) the previous week, Walsh fell behind 6-0 when Taylor blocked a Walsh punt and returned it 29 yards for a score at the 8:30 mark of the first quarter. The Trojans point after failed. Walsh finally reached pay-dirt with five minutes to play in the first half, when quarterback Jim Shiplett (So., Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) scored on a one-yard plunge to tie the game. Eric Buchanan's (Jr., Green Cove Springs, FL/Clay) point after gave the Cavs a 7-6 lead. Walsh would score again, when Shiplett connected with Joe Morgan (Jr., Canton, OH/McKinley) for a 27-yard touchdown with 1:24 to play in the half. Buchanan's PAT put the Cavs up 14-6. Taylor answered with the help of a 57-yard pass play, then scored on a three-yard pass with 13 seconds left in the half. The two-point conversion pass failed and Walsh led 14-12 at halftime.

Walsh scored 17 unanswered second half points to seal the win. Buchanan kicked a 31-yard field goal for the only score of the third quarter. Blossomgame then scored two fourth quarter TDs, one on an 11-yard pass from Shiplett and the other on a five-yard run. Blossomgame's 224-yard rushing yards marks his second highest single game total. He ran for 241 yards against Marian as a freshman. In all, he has recorded three 200-yard games. For the season, he leads the NAIA with 1164 yards and is second with 13 rushing touchdowns. He is averaging 5.5 yards per carry. Shiplett passed for two scores and 111 yards, with Morgan catching five passes for 82 yards.

Walsh's defense held Taylor to 284 yards total offense, and twice denied the Trojans from inside the ten-yard line. On the games' first possession, the Cavs held on a fourth and one on the eight-yard line, and in the third quarter Chris Bivens (So., Alliance, OH/HS) picked off a tipped pass in the end zone.

Walsh and Malone (2-4, 0-3) do battle for the Dick Gallagher Memorial Trophy on Saturday. Malone has won the last three meetings, but Walsh still leads the overall series 8-6. Malone won 24-21 last year. The Pioneers have lost their last three games, and fell 66-31 to eighth ranked St. Xavier University last Saturday. St. Xavier exploded for 42 first quarter points and led 52-0 with 10:04 to play in the first half. Three of Malone's four losses have been to NAIA ranked teams. The Pioneers are averaging 29.3 points per game, but allowing 32.3. Running back Joseph Peters is fourth in the MSFA in rushing (559 yds.) and is averaging 93.2 yards per game.

Clinton Blossomgame also leads the MSFA in scoring with 84 points and touchdowns (14). Blossomgame is second in the NAIA in rushing yards per game at 166.3. Brian Williams leads the MSFA in kick return average (25.9). Eric Buchanan (Jr., Green Cove Springs, FL/Clay) is 30-31 in extra point tries, second in the MSFA. The Cavs are third in the MSFA in scoring offense at 33.3 ppg.


Saturday, October 17, 2009

"Blossomgame Rushes for 224 Yards in 31-12 Road Win at Taylor"

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(Upland, IN) Clinton Blossomgame (Jr., Columbus, OH/Beechcroft) went over 1000 yards for the season and scored two touchdowns, as NAIA No. 21 Walsh (5-2, 2-1) defeated Taylor University (3-3, 1-2) 31-12 in a Mid-States Football Association Mideast game today. Walsh returns to Fawcett Stadium next Saturday, to battle rival Malone University in a 1 pm MSFA Mideast start. This is Malone's home game. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us), and on NewsTalk 640 WHLO (www.640whlo.com).

After dropping a heartbreaker to number four University of St. Francis the previous week, Walsh fell behind 6-0 when Taylor blocked a Walsh punt and returned it 29 yards for a score at the 8:30 mark of the first quarter. The Trojans point after failed. Walsh finally reached paydirt with five minutes to play in the first half, when quarterback Jim Shiplett (So., Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) scored on a one-yard plunge to tie the game. Eric Buchanan's (Jr., Green Cove Springs, FL/Clay) point after gave the Cavs a 7-6 lead. Walsh would score again, when Shiplett connected with Joe Morgan (Jr., Canton, OH/McKinley) for a 27-yard touchdown with 1:24 to play in the half. Buchanan's PAT put the Cavs up 14-6. Taylor answered with the help of a 57-yard pass play, then scored on a three-yard pass with 13 seconds left in the half. Their two-point conversion pass failed and Walsh led 14-12 at halftime.

Walsh scored 17 second half points to seal the win. Buchanan kicked a 31-yard field goal for the only score of the third quarter. Blossomgame then scored two fourth quarter TDs, one on an 11-yard pass from Shiplett and the other on a five-yard run. Blossomgame's 224-yard rushing yards marks his second highest game total. He ran for 241 yards against Marian as a freshman. In all, he has recorded three 200-yard games. For the season, he leads the MSFA with 1164 yards, with 13 rushing TDs and is averaging 5.5 yards per carry. Shiplett passed for two scores and 111 yards, with Morgan catching five passes for 82 yards.

Walsh's defense held Taylor to 284 yards total offense, and twice denied the Trojans from inside the ten-yard line. On the games' first possession, the Cavs held on a fourth and one on the eight-yard line, and in the third quarter Chris Bivens (So., Alliance, OH/HS) picked off a tipped pass in the endzone.


Monday, October 12, 2009

"Cavs No. 21 in Latest NAIA Top 25 Football Poll"

NAIA TOP 25

Walsh (4-2, 1-1) fell one spot, to 21st, in the NAIA's fifth coaches poll of the season. The Cavs lost a heartbreaking 20-14 decision to NAIA No. 4 University of Saint Francis (IN) (5-0, 3-0) at Fawcett Stadium in Canton last Saturday night. One can only wonder how many places the Cavaliers would have jumped if a fumble, returned by Walsh for a touchdown in the games final two minutes, had not been ruled a dead ball.

Walsh received 91 votes. The NAIA's top seven remained the same from the previous week, with the University of Sioux Falls (SD) receiving 18 first place votes and remaining number one for the eighth straight week dating back to last season.

Walsh is back in action on Saturday, when they travel to Upland, IN for a conference game (MSFA) against Taylor University at 1 pm. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us), and on NewsTalk 640 WHLO (www.640whlo.com).


Saturday, October 10, 2009

"Cavs Lose Heartbreaker 20-14 to Saint Francis"

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Walsh lost a chance to make a jump in the NAIA polls, as they lost a 20-14 heartbreaker to the fourth ranked University of Saint Francis Cougars at Fawcett Stadium tonight in a Mid-States Football Association Mideast game. The 20th ranked Cavs (4-2, 1-1) had their four-game win streak snapped, while the Cougars improved to 5-0 overall and to 3-0 in the Mideast. The win was the 12th straight over the Cavs for USF and also their 48th league win in their last 49 games. Walsh is on the road at Taylor University next Saturday for an MSFA Mideast game.

After stopping Saint Francis on the opening drive of the game, Walsh marched 79 yards on 12 plays and scored on Jim Shiplett's (So., Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) one-yard plunge to forge ahead 7-0 (PAT) at the 6:18 mark of the first quarter. The Cougars tied the game in the second quarter when Shaine Tierney hooked-up with Daniel Carter for a 20-yard score at the 10:49 mark. It looked as if the half would end in a tie, when the Cougars received a huge break when Walsh's Adam Castin muffed a snap on a fourth down punt at the Cavs 18-yard line with 50 seconds to play. Walsh stiffened when USF advanced to the 10-yard line, forcing Rhys Barnhart's 28-yard field goal, which gave the Cougars a 10-7 halftime lead.

On the first possession of the second half, Walsh's Clinton Blossomgame (Jr., Columbus, OH/Beechcroft) fumbled on a third down play and USF recovered on the Cavs' 32-yard line. The Cougars scored when Barnhart booted a 26-yard field for a 13-7 lead. After a quick Walsh three and out, USF broke loose for a big play when Daniel Carter raced 45 yards to give the Cougars a 20-7 lead. Walsh answered late in the quarter, as Jason Stiel recovered a Carter fumble at the USF 49-yard line at the 4:24 mark. Walsh scored seven plays later on a Blossomgame two-yard run to trim the lead to 20-14 heading into the fourth quarter.

Walsh's defense would stymie the Cougars twice and would begin their final drive on their ten-yard line with 8:03 to play. The Cavs faced third and 13 on the seven-yard line, when Shiplett hit Mike McGill (Sr., Barberton, OH/Coventry) on the 22-yard line for a first down. Blossomgame would rush for 33 yards and with the help of a pass interference call, Walsh advanced to the USF 30-yard line with a little over three minutes to play. Blossomgame carried three times for nine yards, as Walsh faced fourth and inches on the Cougar 21 with 2:40 to play. But on fourth down, the USF defense stuffed the left side and dropped Blossomgame for no gain, to give the ball back to the Cougars with 2:32 to play. USF picked-up a critical first down and ran the clock down to 13 seconds when the punted to the Walsh 18-yard line with five seconds to play, Shiplett threw long, but it was picked-off by Jordan Wise at the 38-yard line to end the ballgame.

Daniel Carter led the USF attack with 146 yards rushing on 20 carries. Clinton Blossomgame, the leading rusher in the NAIA, led all rushers with 154 yards. USF's Shaine Tierney completed 19 of 30 passes for 174 yards and Walsh's Jim Shiplett was 8-23 for 96 yards and two interceptions.


Monday, October 5, 2009

"Cavs Number 20 in Latest NAIA Poll"

NAIA T0P 25

Walsh (4-1, 1-0) moved up four spots to number 20 in the NAIA's fourth rating of the season. The Cavs received 116 total votes. They were 24th in the previous two rankings. This week they tangle with fourth ranked University of Saint Francis (IN) (4-0-, 2-0) in a Mid-States Football Association Mideast game at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday night at 6 pm.

The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us), and on NewsTalk 640 WHLO (www.640whlo.com). Tickets are available at the Giant Eagle at Washington Square, Cain Toyota on Whipple Avenue in North Canton, Graphic Enterprises in North Canton and Dumont's Sporting Goods on Cleveland Avenue in downtown Canton.


Monday, October 5, 2009

FOOTBALL: Cavs (4-1, 1-0) Win Fourth Straight/Dennison Notches Program's 100th Win

NAIA No. 24 Walsh (4-1, 1-0) continued to score in record-setting numbers in notching their fourth straight win, 63-12 over Olivet Nazarene University at Fawcett Stadium. The win set marks for points in a single, total offense and was number 100 in the history of the program. It was also the Cavs' Mid-States Football Association Mideast opener. This week, the Cavs jump into the frying pan facing NAIA No. 4 University of Saint Francis (IN) 4-0, 2-0) in a league game at 6 pm at Fawcett Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us), and on NewsTalk 640 WHLO (www.640whlo.com). Tickets are available at the Giant Eagle at Washington Square, Cain Toyota on Whipple Avenue in North Canton, Graphic Enterprises in North Canton and Dumont's Sporting Goods on Cleveland Avenue in downtown Canton.

Walsh scored on the first play from scrimmage, as Clinton Blossomgame (Jr., Columbus, OH/Beechcroft) scored the first of his four first-quarter touchdowns on a 45-yard romp. Blossomgame would then score on runs of five, 41 and three-yards. Blossomgame played only the first half, and finished with 181 yards rushing on 17 carries. Walsh led 28-0 after the first quarter.

The Cavs added two second quarter scores, one on a 70-yard strike from Jim Shiplett (So., Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) to Joe Morgan (Jr., Canton, OH/McKinley/Illinois). The last first half score came on a 14-yard run from Toba Olarewaju (R-Fr., Youngstown, OH/Christian). Olarewaju would also score on runs of 36 and four yards, and finished with 131 yards on 13 carries. Walsh's final score came on Kevin Beichler's (Jr., Orrville, OH/Smithville) 71-yard romp in the fourth quarter. The Cavs rolled-up 468 yards on the ground and totaled 29 first downs, one shy of a team record. Jim Shiplett passed for 184 yards on 10-16, with Joe Morgan making five catches for 114 yards. Walsh set record for points in a single game (63) and total yards on offense (683). The Cavs defense limited Olivet Nazarene to 14 first downs and 258 yards total offense. The defense also recorded interceptions from Brian Williams (Sr., Canton, OH/McKinley) and Aaron Donze (So., Stow, OH/Tallmadge).

"I'm extremely proud for our football team," exclaimed head Coach Jim Dennison. "It's been an honor to start a football program from scratch, as we did here at Walsh in 1995. And to reach 100 wins, and compile 12 straight winnings season to start the program is something to be proud of. It's a moment we share with our present team and coaching staff, administration and every Cavalier football player dating back to 1995."

Walsh looks to snap an 11-game losing streak with the University of Saint Francis. Walsh's lone win came in the first meeting (44-41) in 1998. The Cougars, fourth ranked in the NAIA, defeated Malone University 42-14 at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday night. The Cougars are averaging 522.0 yards offensively per game and 38.8 points per game (2nd MSFA). Tailback Daniel Carter was tabbed MSFA Offensive Player of the Week, after scoring two touchdowns and rushing for 173 yards against Malone.

Clinton Blossomgame leads the MSFA and NAIA with 786 yards rushing (5.9 ypg) and is averaging 157.2 yards per game. He leads the MSFA and NAIA in scoring (66 pts.) and with 11 touchdowns. Joe Morgan leads the MSFA in receiving yardage per game (99.8) and is seventh in catches per game (5.0). Brian Williams leads the MSFA in kick return average (29.3) and Eric Buchanan (Jr., Green Cove Springs, FL/Clay) is 24-25 in extra points, which leads the MSFA. Pat Kane (R-Fr., Bolivar, OH/Tusky Valley) is tied for the MSFA lead in interceptions with three. Walsh's defense has allowed only three sacks in the first five games, while sacking opposing QB 15 times. Last season, the Cavs registered 17 QB sacks the entire season.


Saturday, October 3, 2009

"Dennison Wins 100th Game at Walsh/Cavs Rout Olivet Nazarene 63-12"

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Head Coach Jim Dennison (100-57 15th yr., 180-119-2 28th yr.) earned his 100th career win at Walsh, as the NAIA 24th ranked Cavs (4-1, 1-0) bounced Olivet Nazarene University (1-4, 0-2) 63-12 in an Mid-States Football Association Mideast game at Fawcett Stadium. Walsh set record for points in a single game (63) and total yards on offense (683). Walsh also won its fourth straight game, their longest win streak since the 2006 season. Walsh is home (Fawcett Stadium) to NAIA No. 4 University of Saint Francis (IN) next Saturday night at 6 pm. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us) and on NewsTalk 640 WHLO (www.640whlo.com). Tickets are available at the Giant Eagle at Washington Square, Dumont's Sporting Goods on Cleveland Avenue, Graphic Enterprises in North Canton and Cain Toyota in North Canton.

Walsh scored on the first play from scrimmage, as Clinton Blossomgame (Jr., Columbus, OH/Beechcroft) scored the first of his four first-quarter touchdowns on a 45-yard romp. Blossomgame would then score on runs of five, 41 and three-yards. Blossomgame played only the first half, and finished with 181 yards rushing on 17 carries. He leads the MSFA and NAIA with 786 yards (5.9 ypg) and is averaging 157.2 yards per game with 11 touchdowns. Walsh led 28-0 after the first quarter.

The Cavs added two second quarter scores, one on a 70-yard strike from Jim Shiplett (So., Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) to Joe Morgan (Jr., Canton, OH/McKinley/Illinois). The last first half score came on a 14-yard run from Toba Olarewaju (R-Fr., Youngstown, OH/Christian). Olarewaju would also score on runs of 36 and four yards, and finished with 131 yards on 13 carries. Walsh's final score came on Kevin Beichler's (Jr., Orrville, OH/Smithville) 71-yard romp in the fourth quarter. The Cavs rolled-up 468 yards on the ground and totaled 29 first downs, one shy of a team record.

Jim Shiplett passed for 184 yards on 10-16, with Joe Morgan making five catches for 114 yards.

The Cavs defense limited Olivet Nazarene to 14 first downs and 258 yards total offense. The defense also recorded interceptions from Brian Williams (Sr., Canton, OH/McKinley) and Aaron Donze (So., Stow, OH/Tallmadge).

"I'm extremely proud for our football team," exclaimed head Coach Jim Dennison. Dennison who was doused with water following game, went on to say, "It's been a honor to start a football program from scratch, as we did here at Walsh in 1995. And to reach 100 wins, and compile 12 straight winnings season to start the program is something to be proud of. It's a moment we share with our present team and coaching staff, administration and every Cavalier football player dating back to 1995."


Monday, September 28, 2009

"Cavs Remain 24th in Latest NAIA Poll"

NAIA TOP 25

Walsh (3-1) received 66 votes and remained number 24 in the NAIA's third rankings of the season. The Cavs, who have won three straight games, are home Saturday to meet Olivet Nazarene University at 12 pm at Fawcett Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us) and on NewsTalk 640 WHLO (www.640whlo.com). Tickets are available at the Giant Eagle at Washington Square, the Raisin Rack on Cleveland Avenue and Spectrum Orthopaedics on Whipple Avenue in North Canton.


Monday, September 28, 2009

FOOTBALL: Cavs (3-1) Win Third Straight/Morgan Special Teams MSFA Player of the Week

NAIA No. 24 Walsh scored 45 first half points on their way to their third straight win, 59-21 at Urbana University on Saturday. This Saturday the Cavs return home (Fawcett Stadium) for their Mid-States Football Association Mideast opener against Olivet Nazarene University 1-3, 0-1) at 12 pm. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us) and on NewsTalk 640 WHLO (www.640whlo.com).Tickets are available at the Giant Eagle at Washington Square, the Raisin Rack on Cleveland Avenue and Spectrum Orthopaedics on Whipple Avenue in North Canton.

Walsh opened the scoring with a TD on their first possession, as Clinton Blossomgame (Jr., Columbus, OH/Beechcroft) scored on a nine-yard run to cap a seven-play, 35-yard drive to give the Cavs a 7-0. Urbana would answer with back-to-back scores to take a 14-7 with 3:51 to play in the first quarter.Walsh evened the score on their next possession, as Blossomgame scored on a one-yard run with 56 seconds left in the quarter to tie the game at 14.On Urbana's next series, the Cavs recorded two sacks, then Justin Brown (Fr., Youngstown, OH/Ursuline) recovered a Blue Knight fumble at the 48-yard line with one second to play in the quarter.Walsh turned the turnover into points when Jim Shiplett (So., Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) hit Joe Morgan (Jr., Canton, OH/McKinley/Illinois) on a 52-yard pass play on the final play of the quarter to give the Cavs a 21-14 lead.

The Cavs then exploded for 24 second quarter points to lead 45-14 at the half.Walsh extended the lead to 28-14 when Shiplett hit Robert Wigfall (R-Fr., Youngstown, OH/Hubbard) on a 75-yard bomb.It was Wigfall's first collegiate catch.After a second straight three and out for Urbana, Eric Buchanan (Jr., Lehigh Acers, FL/East Lee County) kicked a 26-yard field goal to give Walsh a 31-14 lead with 8:08 to play in the half.On Urbana's next series, Morgan blocked a fourth down punt and returned it 15 yards to a score to put the Cavs in front 38-14 at the 6:41 mark of the quarter.Walsh's Pat Kane (R-Fr., Bolivar, OH/Tusky Valley) then intercepted a Blue Knight pass on the next series, which set-up Walsh's final score of half, a Shiplett to Mike McGill (Sr., Barberton, OH/Coventry) four-yard TD strike with 16 seconds left in the half. The half ended when Tony Stover (R-Fr., Akron, OH/Northwest) intercepted a Blue Knight pass in the final seconds. The Cavs scored twice more in the third quarter.Blossomgame rushed for his third score of the game on a eight-yard run and Stover returned a fumble 49 yards for a score. Urbana tacked on their final TD at the 2:55 mark of the third quarter.

Joe Morgan's special teams play earned MSFA Player of the Week accolades.Besides blocking a punt and returning it for a score, Morgan returned a kick-off for 46 yards to start the game and three punts for 59 yards. He also caught five passes for 129 yards. Blossomgame rushed for 155 yards on 27 carries, and now has 605 yards on the season with seven touchdowns and leads the MSFA in rushing average (151.2) and scoring (42 pts.). Jim Shiplett completed 9-17 passes for 236 yards and three TDs. Walsh rolled-up 427 yards total offense, while holding Urbana to 192 yards.

Brian Williams leads the MSFA in kick return average (29.4) and Pat Kane is first in interceptions per game (0.75). Joe Morgan is second in receiving yardage per game at 96.2.

Walsh plays host to 1-3 Olivet Nazarene University on Saturday in the Cavs' Homecoming Game. The Tigers won their first game of the season last Saturday, defeating Southern Nazarene University 56-35.The Tigers are 0-1 in the MSFA Mideast, losing 58-20 to Saint Xavier University two weeks ago. ONU scored 14 points in each quarter in their win on Saturday, and amassed 625 yards of total offense. Quarterback Sam Smidt passed for five TDs and 399 yards, while running back Anthony Collier rushed for 149 yards.Wide receiver Andrew Butler caught six passes for 158 yards and three TDs. Walsh leads the all-time series 3-1, and won the last meeting 24-14.


Saturday, September 26, 2009

"Cavs Roll to 3rd Straight Win"

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NAIA No. 24 Walsh (3-1) exploded for 45 first half points, on their way to their third straight win, 59-21 at Urbana University (2-3) today. The 59-point outburst is the most points since the Cavs scored 54 points against Marian College in 2007 and ties the mark for points scored in a single game at Urbana (59-7) in 2001. The Cavs three-game win streak is their first since the 2007 season. Walsh returns home next Saturday to meet Olivet Nazarene University (1-3) in the Mid-States Football Association Mideast opener for both teams at Fawcett Stadium at 12 pm. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us) and on NewsTalk 640 (www.640whlo.com).

Walsh opened the scoring with a TD on their first possession, as Clinton Blossomgame (Jr., Columbus, OH/Beechcroft) scored on a nine-yard run to cap a seven-play, 35-yard drive to give the Cavs a 7-0. Urbana would answer with back-to-back scores to take a 14-7 with 3:51 to play in the first quarter. Walsh evened the score on their next possession, as Blossomgame scored on a one-yard run with 56 seconds left in the quarter to tie the game at 14. On Urbana's next series, the Cavs recorded two sacks, then Justin Brown (Fr., Youngstown, OH/Ursuline) recovered a Blue Knight fumble at the 48-yard line with one second to play in the quarter. Walsh turned the turnover into points when Jim Shiplett (So., Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) hit Joe Morgan (Jr., Canton, OH/McKinley/Illinois) on a 52-yard pass play on the final play of the quarter to give the Cavs a 21-14 lead.

The Cavs then exploded for 24 second quarter points to lead 45-14 at the half. Walsh extended the lead to 28-14 when Shiplett hit Robert Wigfall (R-Fr., Youngstown, OH/Hubbard) on a 75-yard bomb. It was Wigfall's first collegiate catch. After a second straight three and out for Urbana, Eric Buchanan (Jr., Lehigh Acers, FL/East Lee County) kicked a 26-yard field goal to give Walsh a 31-14 lead with 8:08 to play in the half. On Urbana's next series, Morgan blocked a fourth down punt and returned it 15 yards to a score to put the Cavs in front 38-14 at the 6:41 mark of the quarter. Walsh's Pat Kane (R-Fr., Bolivar, OH/Tusky Valley) then intercepted a Blue Knight pass on the next series, which set-up Walsh's final score of half, a Shiplett to Mike McGill (Sr., Barberton, OH/Coventry) four-yard TD strike with 16 seconds left in the half. The half ended when Tony Stover (R-Fr., Akron, OH/Northwest) intercepted a Blue Knight pass in the final seconds.

The Cavs scored twice more in the third quarter. Blossomgame rushed for his third score of the game on a eight-yard run and Stover returned a fumble 49 yards for a score. Urbana tacked on their final TD at the 2:55 mark of the third quarter.

Blossomgame rushed for 155 yards on 27 carries, and now has 605 yards on the season with seven touchdowns. Jim Shiplett completed 9-17 passes for 236 yards and three TDs and Joe Morgan caught five passes for 129 yards. Walsh rolled-up 427 yards total offense, while holding Urbana to 192 yards.


Monday, September 21, 2009

"Cavs 24th in Latest NAIA Poll"

NAIA TOP 25

For the first time since October of 2007, the Walsh University Football Team is back in the NAIA Top 25. The 2-1 Cavs received 47 votes and are tied with Minot State for 24th. Walsh, who knocked No. 20 Ohio Dominican University with a 23-16 win last Saturday, takes a two-game win streak to Urbana University (2-2) on Saturday.

The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us) and on NewsTalk 640 (www.640whlo.com).


Monday, September 21, 2009

"Giant Eagle at Washington Square Sponsors Ticket Give-Away for Homecoming Game"

Tickets for Walsh's homecoming football game on Saturday, October 3 against Olivet Nazarene University at Fawcett Stadium 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, September 25. Game time is 12 pm.

Giant Eagle, along with Spectrum Orthopaedics and the Raisin Rack are game sponsors for the homecoming game. Walsh will honors it new Wall of Fame Class at halftime.


Monday, September 21, 2009

"Cavs (2-1) Even Mark with Road Win/Blossomgame, Williams Earn MSFA Player of Week Honors"

Clinton Blossomgame (Jr., Columbus, OH/Beechcroft) rushed for 226 yards and scored two touchdowns, as Walsh (2-1) defeated NAIA No. 20 Ohio Dominican University (1-2) 23-16 at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday. The Cavs defense held ODU's high powered offense to only 253 yards total offense and 16 first downs, while the Cavs totaled 365 yards total offense and registered 25 first downs. This Saturday, the Cavs travel to Urbana University for a non-conference game next Saturday at 12 pm. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us) and on NewsTalk 640 (www.640whlo.com).

Ohio Dominican scored on their first possession on a 31-yard field at the 12:13 mark of the first quarter to take a 3-0 lead. Walsh answered on their next possession, scoring on Blossomgame's two-yard plunge to forge ahead at 7-3 with 9:39 to play in the first quarter. On ODUs' next possession, Walsh's Aaron Donze (So., Stow, OH/Tallmadge) picked off an ODU pass on the Walsh 12-yard line to halt the Panthers drive. Walsh turned the turnover into points, marching 88 yards on 12 plays, and scoring on Jim Shiplett's (So., Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) one-yard run to take a 14-3 lead at the five second mark of the first quarter. Blossomgame would score again, on a one-yard run at the 2:39 mark of the half, as Walsh led 20-3 at halftime.

Ohio Dominican scored the only points of the third quarter on a seven-yard TD pass with 6:07 left in the period. Walsh answered early in the fourth quarter, when Eric Buchanan (Jr., Lehigh Acers, FL/East Lee County) booted a 32-yard field goal to give the Cavs a 23-9 advantage with 11:01 to play. ODU scored again, on a 15-yard TD pass with 7:47 to play to cut the Cavs lead to 23-16. After ODU stopped the Cavs on downs twice, Pat Kane (R-Fr., Bolivar, OH/Tusky Valley) picked off an ODU aerial at the 48-yard line to seal the win. Walsh's Jim Shiplett was 10-20 for 116 yards. Joe Morgan (Jr., Canton, OH/McKinley/Illinois) caught six passes for 85 yards, with a long catch of 45 yards. Walsh held the football for 41 minutes and ran 80 plays to ODU's 54.

Walsh and Urbana University (2-2) do battle this Saturday at Urbana. The Blue Knights were outscored 45-35 by Tusculum University at home on Saturday. Each team rolled-up over 400 yards passing. Urbana's Evan Gelhart was 23-53 for 371 yards and four touchdowns. Ian Iller caught 10 passes for 154 yards and Jerrell Leak caught seven passes for 108 yards. Each caught a TD pass, as Gelhart connected with four different receivers for scores. Walsh leads the all-time series 13-1, and downed the Blue Knights 30-21 at Fawcett Stadium last year.