2010 Archive

Monday, July 25, 2011

"Former Cavalier DB Rayshaun Kizer Sets New AFL Interceptions Mark "

(Orlando, FL) Former Walsh University ('06) defensive back Rayshaun Kizer (5-10, 192, Euclid, OH/HS) intercepted an Arena Football League single-season record 16th pass Saturday night in the fourth quarter of the Orlando Predators 62-44 win over the New Orleans VooDoo. With that interception, Kizer closed the regular season with the most interceptions in the AFL in back-to-back seasons.

The AFL's record for most interceptions in a season entering the year was 13 by multiple players, most recently Chicago's Dennison Robinson in 2008. Kizer also racked up an AFL-record 237 yards on interception returns and took back three picks for touchdowns.

Kizer, in his second year, set an AFL rookie record with 12 interceptions and 148 return yards in 2010, breaking the Preds single-season mark of 11 INTs set in 1992 (Tony Scott) and matched in 2000 (Kenny McEntyre). He now has 28 interceptions in his short career, placing him No. 4 on the Predators career INT list behind McEntyre (86), Durwood Roquemore (30) and Barry Wagner (29).


Sunday, March 17, 2011

"Maroon Blanks Gold in Spring Game"

Quarterback Jack Dawson (R-Fr., Columbiana, OH/South Range) sprinted for a 66-yard touchdown on a quarterback draw and fullback Justin Gidcumb (So., Cambridge, OH/John Glenn) scored on a three-yard run, as the Maroon blanked Gold 17-0 in the annual spring game. Alex Miehls (Fr., Elyria, OH/Catholic) added a 24-yard field goal in the final minutes.

Dawson rushed five times for 78 yards. Dominic Williams (So., Akron, OH/Archbishop Hoban) led the Maroon, and all rushers with 80 yards on 15 carries. Dawson was 2-2 passing for 43 yards. Brad Ziegler (So., Stow, OH/HS) caught two passes for 45 yards and Eddie Morrison (Fr., Canton, OH/Perry) and caught two passes for 24 yards.

Walsh opens the 2011 season at home on September 10 against Notre Dame College at Fawcett Stadium.


Sunday, April 17, 2011

"Spring Game Today"

Walsh closes spring practice with the Annual Maroon/Gold Game today at 1 pm. The game will be be played on campus. There is no charge for admission.


Tuesday, April 4, 2011

"Buchanan, Richardson to Play in Ohio Army National Guard Senior Bowl II"

Two Walsh University football student-athletes will compete in the upcoming Ohio Army National Guard Senior Bowl II (sponsored by OhioCollegeFootball.com) that will be held on April 23rd in Columbus, Ohio. Punter/place kicker Eric Buchanan (6-3, 198, Sr., Green Cove Springs, FL/Clay) and defensive back DeWayne Richardson (6-1, 180, Sr., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) will play in the contest being held at the Columbus Crew Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 5:00 p.m.

Buchanan earned first-team All Mid-States Football Association Mideast as a punter. He averaged 41.5 on 52 punts. He also handed Walsh's place kicking duties and converted all 43 point after attempts and 9-15 field goal attempts. Richardson intercepted three passes for the Cavs, one for a touchdown, and recorded 60 tackles.

For more information on the OANG Senior Bowl II, visit www.ohiocollegefootball.com.



Thursday, March 17, 2011

"Cavs Announce 2011 Football Schedule, Spring Dates"

Five 2010 playoff teams highlight the 2011 Walsh University Football Schedule. The Cavs play four NAIA playoff teams and one NCAA lll playoff team from 2010.

The Cavs, who finished 7-4 last year, open the season (9.3) with the University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky. The Patriots were Mid-South West regular season champions and were ranked 19th in the NAIA's final poll. They qualified for the NAIA Playoffs. This is the first meeting between the Cavs and Patriots. The third week (9.17) the Cavs meet MSFA Mideast regular season champion Saint Xavier University (13-7, 7-0) in Chicago. They were ranked third in the final NAIA poll and again participated in post season action. The Cavs travel to Marian University (10-3, 5-2) on October 1. The Knights were ranked seventh in the NAIA's final poll and made their first-ever post season appearance. The next week (10.8), the Cavs host old nemesis the University of Saint Francis (IN) at Fawcett Stadium. The Cougars (10-2, 6-1) were fifth in the final NAIA poll and were also a playoff team. The Cavs host NCAA lll Wesley College at Fawcett Stadium on October 22. The Wolverines finished 12-1 last year and lost to eventual national champion Wisconsin-Whitewater in the semifinals. This is the first meeting between the Cavs and Wolverines.

The Cavs host rival Malone University on October 15 at 6 pm. The game follows the Massillon-McKinley game. It is also Homecoming.

The Cavs also host Notre Dame College (9.10), Taylor University (10.29) and first-year program Concordia University (MI) on 11.5. Other road games include Urbana University on 9.24 and Quincy University on 11.12.

The Cavs open spring ball with practice on April 1 (3:30 pm). They also practice on 4.2 (9:15 am), 4.8 (3:30 pm), 4.9 (9:15 am) and 4.16 (9:15 am). The first scrimmage will be 4.3 (2 pm). The Cavs have their Jersey Scrimmage on 4.15 (3:30 pm) and the Maroon-Gold Game on 4.17 at 1 pm. All practices and scrimmages will be held on campus and open to the public.


Friday, March 4, 2011

Walsh Announces 2011 Football Recruiting Class"

Walsh University Head Football Coach Jim Dennison has announced his 2011 recruiting class. Walsh in its first year of NCAA ll candidacy will become a full-fledged member in 2013.

Walsh finished the season 7-4 last year.

"The recruiting class fills our present needs and includes great skill and speed, " exclaimed Dennison. "We are excited and expect to add a couple more good players to this initial list."

2011 RECRUITING CLASS

Freddie Burton (OLB, 5'8", 192, Canton McKinley)All-Federal League, second-team All-Ohio, All-NEO, Team Captain

Tim Carter (K-P, 60", 175, Bishop WattersonCentral All-District Special Mention, All-Metro Special Mention, played in Capital City All-Star Game

Shelby Combs (WR, 5'10, 195, Tuslaw/Mount Union)Second-Team All-Ohio, All-Stark County, Team Captain

Nate Eaton (WR, 5'9", 160, Walnut Ridge)All-City, All-Metro, All-District

Darryl Gary (WR/DB, 5'9", 170, South Ft. Myers HS (FL)All- Lee County, three letters, State finalist in wrestling

Josh Hill ( QB, 6'2", 195, Columbus Academy)Team Captain, first-team All-Conference, Special Mention All-District

Michael Hollins (DB, 5'9", 170, Maple Heights)

Mitch Horlocker (LB, 6'3", 215, Hamilton Twp.)Team Captain, First-Team All-League, Second-Team, All-District, Team MVP Ten Times

David Hughson (TE, 6'2", 210, Massillon Perry)First-Team All-Stark County, Honorable Mention All-Federal League

Paul Kempe (WR, 6'1", 185, Ursuline)Team Captain, All-NEO, All-Academic Ohio, Team Offense MVP, three-time State Champion

Jeron King (WR, 5'11", 185, Springboro)

Devonte Marable (DB, 5'9", 175, Watkins Memorial)Team Captain, Team MVP, First-Team All-League, Second Team All-District, Region Player of the Year, Big-33 nominee

Stephen McAninch (LB, 6'1", 220, Tallmadge)First-Team All-league, All-District, Second-Team All-State, two-year Captain, North-South All-Star Game, Team MVP

Jacob Miller (OT, 6'8", 380, Tusky Valley ('06) (Transfer - WV)All-State, All-League

Jordon Miller (QB, 6'3", 225, New Philadelphia (Transfer - Akron)All-Conference, All-District for Matt Dennison, Team Captain

Tyler Miller (DB, 5'9", 180, Massillon Washington)Team Captain, First-Team All-Stark County, Team MVP, All-Inland Conference, ESPN 990 Defensive Player of Year

Kevin Pask (OL, 6'3", 265, Cuyahoga Falls)First-Team All-Conference, All-Summit County, Team Captain, Offensive Lineman of the Year

Pierre Raymond (DB, 6'1", 185, East Lee County (FL)Team Captain, Second-Team All-Area, fastest time South Florida Combine (4.37)

Danny Reed (WR, 5'10", 170, Lake)First-Team All Federal, All-NE District, Al-Stark County, Second-Team, All-Ohio Team Captain, Team MVP

Jacob Rigg (OL, 6'2", 255, Springboro)First-Team All-League, All-Division, Second-Team All-District, Team Captain

Trevor Riordan (OLB, 5'10", 180, Massillon Perry)Honorable Mention All-Federal League

Chance Shalosky (LB, 6'1", 200, Dover)Team Captain, First-Team All-Conference, All-Region, Special Mention All-Ohio

Kyandre' Smith (TB, 5'9", 190, East Lee Co. (FL)
Lee County All-Star, NewsPress Player of Week, Team Captain

Brett Timming (OL, 6'2", 255, Monroe)First-Team All-League, All-Area, HM All-Ohio, Team Captain, SWBL Lineman of Year

Trent Toy (QB, 6'3", 205, Avon Lake)Team Captain, All-Lorain County and All-District Honorable Mention

Adam Tridico (DB, 5'10", 160, Mansfield Senior)Academic All-Ohio, Team Offensive MVP, First-Team All-Conference, Second-Team All-District

Pete Wearsch (OL, 6'3", 240, Ursuline)First-Team All-NEO, Third-Team All-Ohio, Academic All-Ohio

Devonte West (DB, 6'2", 178, Warren Harding)Harding interception leader

Aaron Williams (DE, 6'3", 250, GlenOak ('09) (Transfer-Stark State/Toledo)DNP at Toledo

K'Von Williams (OLB, 6'3", 175, Warren Harding)


Friday, February, 25, 2011

"Morgan at Indy For Combine"

Below is video of wide receiver Joe Morgan at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

MORGAN AT NFL COMBINE

video courtesy www.ohio.com


Thursday, February 10, 2011

"Morgan Has Four Catches in NFLPA All-Star Game"

Walsh University's Joe Morgan (Sr., Canton, OH/McKinley) had four catches for 47 yards in the National Football League Players Association Game (NFLPA) All-Star game, played Saturday in San Antonio, Texas. The game billed Texas vs. the Nation, was won by Texas 13-8. Morgan played for the Nation team.


Thursday, January 27, 2011

"Goodman, Racius, Stiel Earn MSFA All-Academic Honors"

Walsh University has placed three student-athletes on the All-Mid-States Football Association All-Academic Team. Offensive lineman Tim Goodman (Jr., Norton, OH/Copley), defensive back Alex Racius (Sr., Lehigh Acers, FL/Lee) and linebacker Jason Stiel (Sr., Reynoldsburg, OH/HS) were selected to the team.

Goodman, also a 2010 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete and first-team All-MSFA offensive lineman, carries a 3.64 grade point average. He is an education major.

Racius majors in government/foreign affairs and carries a 3.28 grade point average. Stiel majors in chemistry and carries a 3.29 grade point average. Stiel was also selected to the team last year.


Monday, December 20, 2010

"Goodman, Kane Named to 2010 Daktronics-NAIA Football Scholar-Athlete Team"

The NAIA has announced that 231 football student-athletes have been named 2010 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Walsh's Tim Goodman (6-6, 265, Jr., Norton, OH/Copley) and Pat Kane (6-1, 192 R-So., Bolivar, OH/Tusky Valley) were each named to the team.

In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.

Goodman, also a first-team All-MSFA offensive lineman, carries a 3.64 grade point average. He is an education major.

Kane, also a first-team All-MSFA defensive back, carries a 4.00 grade point average. He is a bio-chemistry/pre-med major.


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

"Cavs Place Eigth on Ohio College Football Team"

Walsh (7-4, 3-4) placed eight players on the Ohio College Football (OCF) All-Ohio Division Two Team. The teams are made up of Ohio division two teams in the NAIA and the NCAA. Walsh placed three each on the first team offense and second team offense, with one player each on the first and second team defense.

Converted defensive back to tailback Dominic Williams (5-11, 202, So., Akron, OH/Archbishop Hoban) is joined on the first team offense by wide receiver Joe Morgan (Sr., 6-1, 185, Canton, OH/McKinley/Illinois) and tight end Brad Schrecengost (6-7, 258, Sr., Cortland, OH/Lakeview). Williams rushed for a MSFA leading 1,340 yards (3rd NAIA), averaged 121.8 yards per game, six yards per carry and score ten touchdowns. Morgan caught a team-leading 41 passes for 653 yards and five touchdowns despite battling a high ankle sprain from the third game on. He closed the year healthy and tied a team mark with ten catches in the season finale at Marian. Schrecengost, the best blocking tight end in the MSFA, caught seven passes for 72 yards and caught two TD passes in the season opening win against Kentucky Christian.

Strong safety Pat Kane (So., 6-1, 192, Bolivar, OH/Tusky Valley) pictured above was the only player on the first team defense. Kane led the Cavs in tackles with 101 and tied for the team lead in interceptions with five. He picked two passes in a single game twice (Quincy, Trinity) and returned a pass 70 yards for a score in the Trinity game.

Tailback Clinton Blossomgame (Sr., 5-11, Columbus, OH/Beechcroft) earned second team accolades, as did offensive linemen Derrick Showell (Jr., 6-5, 264, Columbus, OH/Briggs) and Tim Goodman (Jr., 6-6, 265, Norton, OH/Copley) at guard and tackle respectively. Despite missing the first three games and the season finale, Blossomgame would rush for 922 yards and average 131.7 yards per game and 6.2 yards per carry, with ten touchdowns. He rushed for over 200 yards in back-to-back games against Taylor University (215) and Malone University (221) and rushed for over 100 yards five times this season and 24 times in his career and finished his Walsh career second in career touchdowns (41), points (252) and rushing attempts (923). His 4,424 yards gained rank third all-time. Showell and Goodman helped Walsh rush for nearly 2,800 yards and averaged 253.5 yards per game on the ground and 5.3 yards per carry. The Cavs also allowed just nine sacks for the season.

Punter Eric Buchanan (Sr., 6-3, 190, Green Cove Springs, FL/Clay) earned second team honors on the defense. Buchanan led the MSFA in punting with a 41.5 average, the best in Walsh history. He had a long punt of 70 yards, with 12 boots of 50 yards or better, with 21 inside the 20-yard line.


Friday, November 19, 2010

"Cavs Place 13 on All-Mid-States Mideast Team"

Walsh (7-4, 3-4) filled 13 spots on the Mid-States Football Association All-Mideast Team. The Cavs had seven players received first team recognition; three received second team honors and three honorable mention accolades.

Walsh's Dominic Williams (5-11, 202, So., Akron, OH/Archbishop Hoban) is perhaps the best story among all players elected to the post season team. Williams was set to begin the season in the Cavs' secondary challenging for time at free safety. But when injuries sidelined the top four tailbacks, Williams emerged as the starter. In his first game he rushed for 191 yards against Kentucky Christian. Through five games, Williams led the NAIA in rushing with 733 yards, which included a 227-yard performance at Olivet Nazarene University. He would finish the season with a MSFA leading 1,340 yards (3rd NAIA), averaged 121.8 yards per game, six yards per carry and score ten touchdowns. Despite sharing carries when Clinton Blossomgame (Sr., 5-11, Columbus, OH/Beechcroft) returned, he still rushed for 95 yards at Saint Francis (IN) and 96 yards vs. Trinity.

Blossomgame earned first-team honors for a third time despite missing the first three games and the season finale. He would rush for 922 yards and average 131.7 yards per game and 6.2 yards per carry, with ten touchdowns. Blossomgame rushed for over 200 yards in back-to-back games against Taylor University (215) and Malone University (221) and rushed for over 100 yards five times this season and 24 times in his career. Blossomgame concludes his Walsh career second in career touchdowns (41), points (252) and rushing attempts (923). His 4,424 yards gained rank third all-time.

Brad Schrecengost (6-7, 258, Sr., Cortland, OH/Lakeview) earned first team honors for the second straight season at tight end. The best blocking tight end in the MSFA, Schrecengost also caught seven passes for 72 yards and caught two TD passes in the season opening win against Kentucky Christian.

Offensive linemen Derrick Showell (Jr., 6-5, 264, Columbus, OH/Briggs) and Tim Goodman (Jr., 6-6, 265, Norton, OH/Copley) were each named first team at guard and tackle respectively. Both were second team selections last year. Walsh rushed for nearly 2,800 yards and averaged 253.5 yards per game on the ground and 5.3 yards per carry. The Cavs also allowed just nine sacks for the season.

Strong safety Pat Kane (So., 6-1, 192, Bolivar, OH/Tusky Valley) and punter Eric Buchanan (Sr., 6-3, 190, Green Cove Springs, FL/Clay) also earned first team honors. Kane led the Cavs in tackles with 101 and tied for the team lead in interceptions with five. He picked two passes in a single game twice (Quincy, Trinity) and returned a pass 70 yards for a score in the Trinity game. He was selected honorable mention last year. Buchanan led the MSFA in punting with a 41.5 average, the best in Walsh history. He had a long punt of 70 yards, with 12 boots of 50 yards or better, with 21 inside the 20-yard line. He also pulled double duty as the Cavs place kicker and received second team accolades. Buchanan was a perfect 43-43 on extra points and 9-15 on field goals. He led the team in scoring with 70 points and is third in career scoring with 242 points.

Aaron Forte (Sr., 6-4, 257, Canton, OH/South) and Chris Bivins (Jr., 6-0, 194, Alliance, OH/HS) were also selected second team. Forte started every game at defensive end and recorded 38 tackles with two sacks and five tackles for a loss. He also had two interceptions, broke-up three passes and forced and recovered two fumbles. Bivins, a starter at right corner, tied Kane for the team with five interceptions. He recorded 25 tackles and had three pass break-ups.

Joe Morgan (Sr., 6-1, 185, Canton, OH/McKinley/Illinois), Justin Brown (So., 6-4, 240, Youngstown, OH/Ursuline) and Maurice Jones (So., 5-10, 218, Youngstown, OH/Ursuline) were each named honorable mention. Morgan, a second-team selection at wide receiver last year, caught a team-leading 41 passes for 653 yards and five touchdowns. Morgan caught 17 passes in the first three games, but suffered a high ankle sprain in game three at Norte Dame that would hamper him for the remainder of the season. He closed the year healthy and tied a team mark with ten catches in the season finale at Marian. Brown, a starter at left defensive end, recorded 32 tackles with a team leading 2.5 sacks. He also recorded seven tackles for a loss. Jones, a starter at inside linebacker, finished second to Kane with 71 tackles, six for a loss and two fumble recoveries.


Saturday, November 13, 2010

"Cavs Fall in Season Finale to Marian"

Story courtesy of Marian University

INDIANAPOLIS - Four years. That is how long the Marian University football program has been in existence. Well, on Saturday afternoon, the 11th-ranked Knights may have sealed a berth in the NAIA Football Championship Series after securing possibly the biggest victory in school history with a 38-14 win over No. 20-ranked Walsh University at St.Vincent Health Field. MU is now 9-2 overall and 5-2 in the MSFA Mideast League, the best record in school history.

Senior quarterback Clay Coomer led the Knights offense with another record-setting performance after he went 28-for-42 for a school-record 379 passing yards and a school record-tying four touchdown passes on Senior Day in front of a crowd of over 2,000. It is the fifth time this season that Coomer has thrown for over 300 yards and the third time he has thrown for four touchdowns. He also rushed for a team-high 40 yards on nine carries and had a touchdown.

Senior wide receiver JaQuan Patilla also had a career afternoon with eight catches for 175 yards and a 50-yard touchdown reception from Coomer. Patilla also carried the ball nine times for 21 yards and a touchdown in the win.

On defense, the Knights were led by senior linebacker Brock Caraboa. Caraboa notched a team-high 13 tackles (five solo, eight assists) and a tackle-for-loss, while redshirt junior Dustin Craig notched eight tackles (eight assists) and an interception to lead the Knights. Redshirt sophomore Nathan Toon led the Knights with a pair of interceptions and five tackles (four solo, one assist).

A five-yard touchdown pass from Coomer to sophomore Clifford Brown opened the scoring in the second quarter to cap a six-play, 64-yard drive and gave MU a 7-0 lead. Walsh answered quickly with a four-play, 80-yard drive that was capped by a 41-yard touchdown pass from Jim Shiplett (6-3, 1188, Jr., Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) to Joe Morgan (6-1, 184, Sr., Canton, OH/McKinley) to knot the score, 7-7.

The Knights responded with a six-play, 43-yard drive when Coomer hit sophomore John Hasty with a 17-yard touchdown pass to open a 13-7 lead. The Knights went into the break with the 13-7 lead.

Marian amassed 190 yards of total offense in the first half with 148 yards coming through the air, but, the best was yet to come.

After holding Walsh to open the second half, Coomer found junior Julian Williams with a 31-yard touchdown pass to cap a seven-play, 59-yard drive to open a 19-7 lead with 8:03 to go in the third quarter. An interception by redshirt sophomore Nathan Toon gave the Knights the ball at their own 41-yard line with 6:32 to go in the quarter.

A 50-yard strike from Coomer to Patilla opened the drive and Patilla was able to run the ball in from nine-yards out to put the Knights out in front by a 26-7 margin. Walsh was able to respond with a touchdown, but the Knights were far from done.

A three-yard touchdown run by Coomer capped a five-play, 65-yard drive to open the fourth quarter and put the Knights out in front by 18 points, 32-14. Another interception by Toon led to the final score as Coomer hit Patilla with a 23-yard touchdown pass with 10:54 to go in the game to seal the 38-14 win.

Joe Morgan's 10 receptions tied a single game record set by Rob Lash in 2005 against West Liberty. Dominic Williams (5-11, 202, So., Akron, OH/Archbishop Hoban) rushed for 70 yards on 20 carries and finishes the season with 1,340 yards. Pat Kane (6-1, 192, So., Bolivar, OH/Tusky Valley paced the defense with 16 tackles.

BOXSCORE


Monday, November 8, 2010

"Cavs Back in NAIA Top 20"

NAIA TOP 25

Walsh (7-3, 3-3) moved back into the top 20 in the NAIA's ninth coaches poll of the season. Walsh defeated Trinity International 42-17 last Saturday and moved up one spot to number 20. Walsh received 97 votes.

This Saturday the Cavs close the regular season at NAIA number 11 Marian University (8-2, 4-2) in an Mid-States Football Association Mideast game. Game time is 1 pm. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us) and on NewsTalk 640 WHLO (www.640whlo.com).


Saturday, November 6, 2010

"Cavs Down Trojans to Give Dennison 200th Career Victory"

BOXSCORE

NAIA No. 21 Walsh (7-3, 3-3) defeated Trinity International (3-8, 1-6) 42-17 in a Mid-States Football Association Mideast game at Fawcett Stadium. The win stopped the Cavs one-game skid and is career coaching victory number 200 for head Coach Jim Dennison pictured left. Dennison is 111-62 at Walsh (1995-), was 80-62 at Akron (1973-1985) and 9-0 at Copley High School (1964).

Behind the running of Clinton Blossomgame (Sr., 5-11, Columbus, OH/Beechcroft), Walsh jumped to a 7-0 lead at the 9:55 mark of the first quarter. Blossomgame carried seven times for 49 yards, the entire drive, and scored from one-yard out. Trinity trimmed the lead to 7-3 on a 25-yard field goal by Jason Owens near the end of the first quarter.

Walsh would score three times in the second period and led 28-10 at the half. Blossomgame would again score on a one-yard run, coupled with scores from Kevin Beichler (5-10, 175, Sr., Smithville, OH/HS) (five-yard run) and a 70-yard interception return from Pat Kane (6-1, 192, So., Bolivar, OH/Tusky Valley).

After a scoreless third quarter the Trojans would cut the lead to 28-17 on a one-yard run by Cole Bamberger. Walsh would put the game away with two scores, one on a nine-yard run by Dominic Williams (5-11, 202, So., Akron, OH/Archbishop Hoban) and other on a one-yard plunge by Jack Dawson (6-2, 185, R-Fr., Columbiana, OH/South Ridge).

Blossomgame rushed for 152 yards and is now 78 yards shy of 1,000. Williams added 98 yards. Kane would pick off a second pass to go with his 11 tackles his interception return for a TD.

Walsh closes the regular season at Marian University next Saturday at 1 pm. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us) and on NewsTalk 640 WHLO (www.640whlo.com).


Monday, November 1, 2010

"Cavs Out of Top 20"

TOP 25

For the first time this season, Walsh (6-3, 2-3) dropped out of the top 20, falling from number 16 to 21. The Cavs received 76 points. They have dropped three of their last four games.

This week, Walsh plays its home finale against Trinity International (3-7, 1-5) at 11 am at Fawcett Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us) and on NewsTalk 640 WHLO (www.640whlo.com).


Saturday, October 30, 2010

"Walsh Falls to St. Xavier 41-10"

Walsh fell to St. Xavier by a count of 41-10 in a game between two schools ranked in the NAIA top 25. The No. 16 Cavaliers (6-3, 2-3) fell behind early as the No. 3 Cougars (10-0, 6-0) scored in the first three minutes of the game and led 27-0 at halftime.

The Cavs scored all of their points in the third quarter. Clinton Blossomgame (Sr., 5-11, Columbus, OH/Beechcroft) scored a touchdown from a yard out and Eric Buchanan (Sr., 6-3, Green Cove Springs, FL/Clay) kicked a 43-yard field goal. Blossomgame eclipsed the century mark once again with 23 carries for 106 yards.

Walsh will try and rebound next week with their final regular season home game against Trinity. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. at Fawcett Stadium.

BOXSCORE


Monday, October 25, 2010

"Walsh Up Three Spots to 16th in Latest NAIA Poll"

NAIA Top 25

Walsh (6-2, 2-2) jumped three spots to number 16 in the NAIA's seventh coaches poll of the season. After back-to-back losses to the University of Saint Francis (IN) (20-14) and to Taylor University (21-17), the Cavs rebounded with a 24-21 win over cross town rival Malone University last Saturday. The Cavs received 164 points.

The University of Sioux Falls (8-0) remains the top team in the NAIA, receiving 416 total points and 15 of 18 first place votes. Mid-States Mideast foe Saint Xavier University (9-0, 5-0), Walsh's opponent this week, remained third with 388 total points and received one first place vote. The University of Saint Francis (IN) (7-0, 4-0) remained number seven, while Marian University (6-2 2-2) jumped from number 14 to 12.

This Saturday, Walsh travels to Chicago, IL to meet Saint Xavier University in a MSFA Mideast contest at 2 pm (EST). The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us) and on NewsTalk 640 WHLO (www.640whlo.com).


Monday, October 25, 2010

"Blossomgame Named MSFA Mideast/VSN Offensive Player of Week"

Clinton Blossomgame (Sr., 5-11, Columbus, OH/Beechcroft) has been named the Mid-States Football Association Mideast and Victory Sports Network Offensive Player of the Week. Blossomgame rushed for 221 yards on 33 carries in Walsh's 24-21 win over Malone University at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday.

Blossomgame scored on runs of one and 16 yards and went over the 200-yard mark for the second consecutive game. After missing the first four games due to knee surgery in August, Blossomgame has rushed for 667 yards in five games and scored seven touchdowns. He is averaging 133.4 yards per game and 6.4 yards per carry.

This Saturday the Cavs face third ranked Saint Xavier University in Chicago, IL at 2 pm (EST). The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us) and on NewsTalk 640 WHLO (www.640whlo.com) at 2 pm (EST).


Saturday, October 23, 2010

"Cavs Edge Malone; Keep Gallagher Trophy; Blossomgame Rushes for 221 Yards"

BOXSCORE

NAIA No. 19 Walsh University (6-2, 2-2) edged cross town rival Malone University (1-5, 0-4) 24-21 to retain possession of the Dick Gallagher Memorial Trophy in a Mid-States Football Association Mideast contest at Fawcett Stadium today. The win snaps Walsh's modest two-game skid, while extending Malone's losing streak to three games. Walsh now leads the all-time series 10-6, while posting back-to-back victories. The Cavs travel to Chicago next week, for a conference game with third ranked Saint Xavier University. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us) and on NewsTalk 640 WHLO (www.640whlo.com) at 2 pm (EST).

Walsh opened the scoring when Clinton Blossomgame (Sr., 5-11, Columbus, OH/Beechcroft) scored on a one-yard run late in the first quarter. The TD run capped a ten play 80-yard drive, and was the only score in the first half. Walsh left the field minus quarterback Jim Shiplett (Jr., 6-3, Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest), who left with a concussion and wide receivers Joe Morgan (6-1, 184, Sr., Canton, OH/McKinley) and Kade Wagner (6-2, 219, Jr., Green, OH/HS). Morgan reinjured his left ankle, but would return in the second half. Wagner hurt is left ankle and did not return.

Walsh increased their lead on the first possession of the second half, when Blossomgame scored on an 18-yard run to give the Cavs a 14-0 lead. Malone would answer immediately, when Justin McLean scored on an 82-yard run to cut the lead in half (7-14).

Eric Buchanan (Sr., 6-3, Green Cove Springs, FL/Clay) would increase the lead to 17-7, with a 29-yard field goal with 3:11 to play in the third quarter. It appeared Walsh put the game away in the fourth, when Dominic Williams (5-11, 202, So., Akron, OH/Archbishop Hoban) scored on a two-yard run at the 10:17 mark to give the Cavs a 24-7 lead.

Malone would then strike in quick fashion to get back into the game. Jeremy Jordan caught a seven-yard TD pass from Mike Karls at the 8:31 mark to trim the Walsh lead to 24-14. Walsh's Robert Wigfall (5-10, 179, So., Hubbard, OH/HS) then fumbled the ensuing kick, which Malone's Lepear Smith recovered and raced in from five yards out to make it a three-point game at 24-21.

Walsh's defense would stiffen and ice the game on an interception by Chris Bivins 6-0, 194, Jr., Alliance, OH/HS) on the Cavs' 35-yard line with 2:37 to play. Blossomgame would then rush four times to help run out the clock and quarterback Jack Dawson (6-2, 185, R-Fr., Columbiana, OH/South Ridge) would take a knee on the final play.

Blossomgame rushed for over 200 yards (221) for the second straight game. It was his sixth career 200-yard game. Williams, the NAIA's leading rusher, totaled 80 yards on 20 carries. Walsh rolled-up 314 yards on the ground and totaled 376 yards total offense, while holding Malone to 230.


Monday, October 18, 2010

"Cavs Fall to 19th"

NAIA Top 25

Walsh (5-2, 1-2) fell six spots to number 19 in the NAIA's sixth coaches poll of the season. Back-to-back losses to the University of Saint Francis (IN) (20-14) and to Taylor University (21-17) have dropped the Cavs 11 places the last two weeks, The Cavs received 102 points. The University of Sioux Falls (7-0) remains the top team in the NAIA, receiving 416 total points and 15 of 18 first place votes. Mid-States Mideast foes Saint Xavier University (8-0), remained third with 389 total points. The University of Saint Francis (IN) (6-0) moved up one spot to number seven, while Marian University (5-2) jumped from number 18 to 14.

This Saturday, Walsh is home to Malone University in a MSFA Mideast contest 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) and will be televised on WRLM, TimeWarner Canton (channel 13)/Akron (channel 12) on Saturday night at 9 pm.


Saturday, October 16, 2010

"Cavs Drop Second Straight Game"

BOXSCORE

(Canton, OH) NAIA No. 13 (5-2, 1-2) Walsh lost it second straight game, falling 21-17 to Taylor University (4-3, 2-1) in a Mid-States Football Association Mideast game at Fawcett Stadium today. The loss marks the first time that Walsh has lost back-to-back games since 2008. For Taylor, the win snapped a eight-game losing streak to Walsh dating back to 1999. Walsh returns to Fawcett Stadium next Saturday to meet rival Malone University in a MSFA Mideast clash at 12 pm.

Walsh scored on the first possession of the game, marching 59 yards in four plays and scoring on a 38-yard run by Clinton Blossomgame (Sr., 5-11, Columbus, OH/Beechcroft). The 7-0 lead lasted only 14 seconds, as Taylor's Trenton Schmale returned the ensuing kick-off 96 yards for the game-tying score. For Schmale, it was his second kick return for a score this season. Walsh would regain the lead on the next possession, as Eric Buchanan (Sr., 6-3, Green Cove Springs, FL/Clay) kicked a 48-yard field goal to give the Cavs a 10-7 lead with 10:15 to play in the first quarter.

Walsh would turn the ball over twice, before the NAIA's leading rusher, Dominic Williams (5-11, 202, So., Akron, OH/Archbishop Hoban) would score on a 14-yard run with 4:06 to play in the half to give Walsh a 17-7 halftime lead.

The only points of the second half would be scored by Taylor in the third quarter. The Trojans scored on the first possession of the second half, when they drove 37 yards on six plays. The drive was aided by a Walsh personal foul on the kick off, after Schmale returned the kick 46 yards to the Taylor 49. Taylor Johnson would close the gap to 17-14 when he scored on a one-yard run at the 12:23 mark. Buchanan would miss a 26-yard field goal on the next drive, as Walsh led 17-14 with 7:32 to play in the third.

The final score of the game came on the next drive. The Trojans would drive 80 yards in 11 plays and take the lead when Ryan Magnuson caught a two-yard scoring pass in right corner of the end zone from Shaun Addison with 3:13 to play in the third quarter. Addison and Magnuson would hook-up 10 times on the day for 92 yards.

Walsh would have their hands on the football just three more times and just twice in the fourth quarter. The Cavs faced a similar, almost eerie scenario in the final eight minutes. Last week, Walsh trailed 20-14 at the University of Saint Francis, when the Cougars held the ball for the final 7:30 to ice the win. Today, Taylor took over on the 20-yard line after a Buchanan punt and held the ball until they punted with 2:02 to play and forcing Walsh to start on their own three-yard. The Cavs moved to the 16-yard line on a penalty, but an illegal forward pass and delay of game pushed the ball back to the six. Walsh's best chance came on a deep ball to Joe Morgan (6-1, 184, Sr., Canton, OH/McKinley), but he failed to make the catch on the Taylor 45-yard line. Walsh turned the ball over on downs and Taylor took a knee twice to secure the win.

Walsh would outgain the Trojans 454 to 265, but the day belonged to Taylor quarterback Shaun Addison and receiver Ryan Magnuson. Addison completed 17 of 28 passes for 189 yards, going 11-14 in the second half. Magnuson caught 10 passes for 92 yards. Clinton Blossomgame rushed for 215 yards on 25 carries. For Blossomgame, it was his fifth 200-yard career game.

Walsh's Jim Shiplett (Jr., 6-3, Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) completed 15 of 26 passes for 170 yards. Morgan made five catches for 62 yards.


Monday, October 11, 2010

"Cavs Fall to 13th"

NAIA TOP 25

Walsh (5-1, 1-1) fell five spots to number 13 in the NAIA's fifth coaches poll of the season. The Cavs received 238 points and dropped out of the top ten after losing 20-14 at the University of St. Francis (IN) last Saturday. The University of Sioux Falls (6-0) remains the top team in the NAIA, receiving 416 total points and 16 of 18 first place votes. Mid-States Mideast foes Saint Xavier University (7-0), remained third with 388 total points and the University of Saint Francis (IN) (5-0) moved into the eighth position with 307 total points.

This Saturday Walsh is home to Taylor University (3-3, 1-1) in a MSFA Mideast contest at 11 am at Fawcett Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us) and on NewsTalk 640 WHLO (www.640whlo.com).


Saturday, October 9, 2010

"Cavs Fall 20-14 at USF; Suffer First Defeat/Williams Over 1000 Yard Mark'

BOXSCORE

(Fort Wayne, IN) NAIA No. 9 University of Saint Francis (5-0, 2-0) defeated Walsh (5-1, 1-1) for the 13th straight time, winning 20-14 before more that 3,000 fans at Bishop D'Arcy Stadium today. The loss was the first of the season for the NAIA No. 8 Cavs. Walsh returns to action next Saturday, when they host Taylor University (3-3, 1-1) at 11 am at Fawcett Stadium in a MSFA Mideast contest.

USF scored first, when Shane Tierney connected with Jared Clodfelter for an 18-yard TD pass at the 8:46 mark of the first quarter. Walsh would put together one of its finest drives ever to knot the game in the waning moments of the first half, when they drove 99 yards in 14 plays and tied the game when Rashid Sharif (Sr., 5-9, Cleveland, OH/Collinwood) scored on a three-yard run.

The MSFA Mideast clash would remain tied until late in the third quarter, when Walsh took the lead (14-7) on a 42-yard strike from Jim Shiplett (Jr., 6-3, Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) to Kade Wagner (6-2, 219, Jr., Green, OH/HS) at the 2:29 mark. The Cougars would come right back however, marching 80 yards in six plays and tying the game on the final play of the third quarter when Tierney found Armando Bustamante in the corner of the end zone for a 16-yard TD.

The Cougars snapped the tie at the 9:51 mark of the final period, when Tierney scored on a two-yard run. The Cavs were unable to score the equalizer, then watched as USF ran the final 7:30 off the clock on a 15-play drive.

Quarterback Shane Tierney led the Cougar offense, completing 30-38 passes for 323 yards and two touchdowns. The Cougars rolled-up 484 yards total offense.

Dominic Williams (5-11, 202, So., Akron, OH/Archbishop Hoban), the NAIA's leading rusher, was held under 100 yards for the first time this season. Williams played well however, rushing for 95 yards on 15 carries. Williams also went over the 1,000-yard mark and has rushed for 1,019 yards. He becomes the seventh Walsh back to rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season. Walsh has had a back break the 1,000-yard barrier 14 times in 16 years.

Rodd Story (6-2, 208, Jr., Cape Coral, FL/Mariner) and Chris Bivins (6-0, 194, Jr., Alliance, OH/HS) each intercepted a pass for the Cavs. For Bivins, it was his fourth interception of the season. Story seemed to be all over the field, and recorded 11 tackles. Pat Kane (6-1, 192, So., Bolivar, OH/Tusky Valley) led the Cavs with 15 tackles, 14 solo and Jason Stiel (6-2, 225, Sr., Reynoldsburg, OH/HS) had 12.

Photo courtesy Bill Scott, USF


Click on the following link to watch this Saturday's game with Saint Francis live on the Victory Sports Network

VSN NETWORK

Victory Sports Network's NAIA Game of the Week to Feature
Walsh University at the University of Saint Francis (Ind.)
MSFA Battle of Two Highly Rated Teams


Grand Island, Neb. - September 29, 2010 - The Victory Sports Network (VSN) will travel to Fort Wayne, Ind. next week for the VSN NAIA Football Game of the Week between the University of Saint Francis (Ind.) and Walsh University of North Canton, Ohio.

"We can't wait to see the type of football atmosphere these two Universities bring to the field," said Jason Dannelly, owner and founder of VSN. "These are two highly rated programs participating in one of the most anticipated NAIA games of the year."

The live "VSN NAIA Football Game of the Week" will be available at VSN by clicking the "Live Streaming" link on the upper right hand side of the page which will connect to the VSN Livestream channel. Pregame is set for 10:45 a.m. CT with kickoff at 11:00 a.m. CT. John Thayer of VSN will provide the play by play while Jason Dannelly will be featured doing color commentary. The broadcast will also include half-time interviews with a variety of people.

The game will also be broadcast live on the Walsh University Radio Football Network on on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us) and on NewsTalk 640 WHLO (www.640whlo.com) with Jim Clark at 11:45 am.

This is the ninth season of coverage from the Victory Sports Network. Later this season VSN also plans to produce live coverage on November 14th with the "Selection Sunday Show," revealing the 16 teams competing in the 2010 NAIA Football Championship Series. In total VSN will broadcast 17 live football events this fall.

About Victory Sports Network:
The Victory Sports Network was founded July 5th 2002 by Jason Dannelly to become a promoter of NAIA Collegiate athletics. In the past years Dannelly has built very strong relationships with the NAIA member institutions and their coaches. Dannelly has published the only magazine dedicated to NAIA athletics, founded three major sports web sites, and produces weekly features on latest news of the NAIA.

At VSN, it is our mission is to give fans, coaches, and players of small college athletics a place to find out the latest information on the NAIA and interact socially with others who are interested in NAIA athletics.


Monday, October 4, 2010

"Cavs Remain Fourth in 8th NAIA Top 25 Poll"

NAIA TOP 25

Walsh (5-0, 1-0) remained eighth in the NAIA's fourth coaches poll of the season. The Cavs received 303 points. The University of Sioux Falls (5-0) remain the top team in the NAIA, receiving 416 total points. Mid-States Mideast foes Saint Xavier University (6-0), remained third with 388 total points and the University of Saint Francis (IN) (4-0), this Saturday's opponent, remained ninth with 294 total points.

This Saturday, Walsh travels to Fort Wayne, IN to meet the University of Saint Francis (IN) in a MSFA Mideast contest at 12 pm (EST). The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us) and on NewsTalk 640 WHLO (www.640whlo.com). It will also be streamed live by the Victory Sports Network VSN.


Monday, October 4, 2010

"Williams MSFA Mideast Player of Week"

Walsh University tailback Dominic Williams (5-11, 202, So., Akron, OH/Archbishop Hoban) has been named the Mid-States Football Association Mideast Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. Williams, who leads the NAIA in rushing with 924 yards, gained a career-high 227 yards with two touchdowns in Walsh's 45-14 MSFA Mideast win at Olivet Nazarene University last Saturday. Williams also earned the honor after rushing for 165 yards in Walsh's 34-34 win at Notre Dame College on September 18.

Williams scored on runs of 10 and 17 yards, averaged 9.1 yards per carry and busted a run for 62 yards. He carried the football 25 times.

NAIA No. 8 Walsh is 5-0 and 1-0 in the MSFA Mideast, and travels to NAIA No. 9 University of Saint Francis (4-0, 2-0) on Saturday. Kick-off is 12 pm. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us) and on NewsTalk 640 WHLO (www.640whlo.com). It will also be streamed live by the Victory Sports Network VSN.


Saturday, October 2, 2010

"Walsh Rolls Over Olivet Nazarene 45-14"

BOXSCORE

(Bourbonnais, Ill.) A 24-point second quarter helped NAIA No. 8 Walsh University break away from Olivet Nazarene University and cruise to a 45-14 triumph Saturday afternoon. It was the conference opener for the Cavaliers (5-0, 1-0) while the Tigers (0-5, 0-2) have dropped their second-straight conference game. Walsh is now 5-0 for the fourth time in school history.

Olivet Nazarene played the Cavs close for a quarter with an even 7-7 score after the first 15 minutes. Walsh's offense picked up from there scoring on all four of their positions in the second quarter. Eric Buchanan (Sr., 6-3, Green Cove Springs, FL/Clay) broke the tie with a 36-yard field goal to put Walsh up 10-7. After the defense forced a three-and-out, Walsh's Clinton Blossomgame (Sr., 5-11, Columbus, OH/Beechcroft) scored from 10 yards out to cap a nine-play, 60 yard drive. When the Tigers attempted to respond, Walsh's defense stepped up again, this time intercepting their first of four an Olivet Nazarene pass. Dominic Williams (5-11, 202, So., Akron, OH/Archbishop Hoban) added a 10-yard touchdown run of his own four minutes later to make the score 24-17. Blossomgame provided the final score of the second quarter with a two-yard touchdown run to carry the Cavs into halftime with a 31-7 advantage.

The Walsh running attack was only getting started as the talented duo scored two more touchdowns in the second half. Blossomgame scored his third and final touchdown from 16 yards out with 5:19 remaining in the third quarter while Williams added the final Cavalier points from 17 yards out in the fourth quarter. The Tigers added a touchdown halfway through the final quarter to make the final 45-14.

Three different Cavalier running backs scored touchdowns as Rashid Sharif (Sr., 5-9, Cleveland, OH/Collinwood) scored from three yards out on Walsh's opening drive. Williams, who led the NAIA in rushing yards, topped all rushers with an impressive 231 yards on 25 carries, good for 9.1 yards per rush. Blossomgame also reached the century mark with 127 yards on 20 carries. Walsh pounded Olivet Nazarene on the ground, totaling 402 yards rushing on 59 carries. Jim Shiplett (Jr., 6-3, Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) completed 9-of-17 passes for 118 yards with his prime target being Joe Morgan (Sr., 6-1, Canton, OH/McKinley/Illinois) who caught three passes for 49 yards.

Cody Kilar paced the Cavs defense with eight tackles. Walsh picked off four passes on the afternoon. Chris Bivins (6-0, 194, Jr., Alliance, OH/HS) picked-off his third pass and Aaron Forte (6-4, 258, Sr., Canton, OH/South) recorded his second interception of season. Jason Stiel (6-2, 225, Sr., Reynoldsburg, OH/HS) and Kyle Vaclav (5-11, 180, Fr., Canfield, OH/HS) also recorded an interception.

The Cavaliers return to action Saturday, Oct. 9, with a tough conference game with the University of St. Francis. Kickoff is scheduled for noon and will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us) and on NewsTalk 640 WHLO (www.640whlo.com). It will also be streamed live by the Victory Sports Network VSN.


Monday, September 27, 2010

"Cavs Remain 8th in NAIA Poll"

NAIA TOP 25

Walsh (4-0) remained eighth in the NAIA's third coaches poll of the season. The Cavs received 284 points. The University of Sioux Falls (4-0) remain the top team in the NAIA, receiving 390 total points. Mid-States Mideast foes Saint Xavier University (5-0), moved up one notch to third with 363 total points and the University of Saint Francis (IN) (3-0) remained ninth with 277 total points.

This week Walsh travels to Olivet Nazarene University (IL) this Saturday for their MSFA Mideast opener at 2 pm (EST). The game will be broadcast live, starting with the pregame show at 11:45 am on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us), and on NewsTalk 640 WHLO (www.640whlo.com).


Monday, September, 27, 2010

"Kane Named MSFA Mideast Defensive Player of the Week"

Strong safety Pat Kane (6-1, 192, So., Bolivar, OH/Tusky Valley) has been named MSFA Mideast Defensive Player of the Week. Kane recorded 16 tackles, 14 solo in Walsh's 34-33 win over Urbana. He also had a tackle for a loss and one pass break-up. This is the second time this season that he has received the award. Kane was also selected after the Quincy game.

Walsh opens MSFA Mideast play on Saturday at Olivet Nazarene University. Game is 2 pm (Ohio time). The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us), and on NewsTalk 640 WHLO (www.640whlo.com).


Saturday, September 25, 2010

'Cavs Hold On for 34-33 Win"

BOXSCORE

Urbana University's (1-3) two-point conversion pass with two seconds to play failed, giving NAIA No. 8 Walsh (4-0) a 34-33 win today at Fawcett Stadium in a non-conference game. The win improved the Cavs to 4-0 for the fifth time in school history. Walsh opens Mid-States Football Association Mideast play at Olivet Nazarene University (IL) next Saturday. The 2 pm kickoff will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us), and on NewsTalk 640 WHLO (www.640whlo.com).

With Walsh leading 34-27 late in the fourth quarter, Urbana drove 70 yards in 11 plays and came to within a point (34-33) with two seconds to play when DJ Mendenhall scored his third touchdown of the day on a one-yard run. Urbana then opted to win the game in regulation, when Mendhenhall rolled to his right on a two-point try, but his pass failed when Joe Webb couldn't hang on in the back of the end zone.

Mendenhall opened the scoring on a three-yard run at the 6:16 mark of the first quarter. Walsh scored the equalizer when Joe Morgan (6-1, 184, Sr., Canton, OH/McKinley) caught a 37-yard TD from Jim Shiplett (6-3, 188, Jr., Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) at the 3:42 mark of the first quarter. Walsh's Eric Buchanan (6-3, 190, Sr., Green Cove, Springs, FL/Mariner) then booted a 30-yard field as Walsh led 10-7 after one quarter.

Urbana took a 14-10 second quarter lead when Mendenhall scored on a five-yard run at the 8:41 mark. Walsh would regain the lead at the 1:22 mark, when Brad Schrecengost (6-7, 258 Sr., Cortland, OH/Lakeview) caught a six-pass from Shiplett for a score to give the Cavs a 17-14 halftime lead.

Clinton Blossomgame (5-11, 208. Sr. Columbus, OH/Beechcroft) pictured above made his season debut today, and gave Walsh a 24-14 lead when he scored on a one-yard run at the 8:43 mark of the third quarter. Blossomgame underwent preseason knee surgery missing the first three games.

Walsh was prepared to put the game away in the fourth quarter, but Dominic Williams (5-11, 202, So., Akron, OH/Archbishop Hoban) fumbled on the Urbana two-yard and Juan McKeever recovered the fumble and raced 98 yards for a score. Urbana missed the point after and trailed 24-20 with 14:07 to play.

Eric Buchanan would kick his second field goal of the day, from 41 yards out, to give Walsh a 27-20 lead with 10:02 to play. Urbana would come right back on the next possession and tie the game (27-27) with 7:34 to play when Evan Morrisey caught at 20-yard TD pass from Mendhenhall.

Walsh answered on the next possession, driving 50 yards on six plays, and regaining the lead with 2:40 to play when Williams scored from five yards out.

Williams, the NAIA's leading rusher, gained 184 yards on 34 carries. Blossomgame rushed for 57 yards on 13 carries in his first game back. Walsh rolled-up 248 yards on the ground. Shiplett completed 13 of 22 passes for 163 yards. Kade Wagner (6-2, 219, Jr., Green, OH/HS) had four catches for 59 yards and Morgan had four catches for 58 yards.

Walsh limited Urbana to 240 yards total offense and defensive back Chris Bivins (6-0, 194, Jr., Alliance, OH/HS) had two interceptions. Strong safety Pat Kane (6-1, 192, So., Bolivar, OH/Tusky Valley) recorded 16 tackles.


Monday, September 20, 2010

"Cavs Up to 8th in Latest NAIA Top 25"

NAIA Top 25

Walsh (3-0) moved up two spots to number eight in the NAIA's second coaches poll of the season. The Cavs received 293 points. The University of Sioux Falls (3-0) remain the top team in the NAIA, receiving 412 total points. Mid-States, Mideast foes Saint Xavier University (3-0) is fourth with 372 total points and the University of Saint Francis (IN) (2-0) is ninth with 273 total points.

This week Walsh host Urbana University in a non-conference game at 12 pm at Fawcett Stadium. The game will be broadcast live, starting with the pregame show at 11:45 am on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us), and on NewsTalk 640 WHLO (www.640whlo.com).


Monday, September 20, 2010

"Dominic Williams Named MSFA Mideast Offensive Player of the Week"

Dominic Williams (5-11, 202, So., Akron, OH/Archbishop Hoban) pictured left has been selected as the Mid-States Football Association Mideast Offensive Player of the Week. Williams rushed for 165 yards in Walsh's 34-14 win at Notre Dame College on Saturday. Last week, Walsh's Joe Morgan 6-1, 184, Sr., Canton, OH/McKinley) received player of the week accolades.

Williams, who leads the NAIA in rushing with 513 yards (7.1 ypc), carried the pigskin 31 times on Saturday. He scored his fourth touchdown of the season on a 25-yard run to open the scoring midway through the first quarter. He is averaging 171.0 yards per game.

Walsh host Urbana University on 12 pm on Saturday at Fawcett Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on the Walsh Radio Network on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us), and on NewsTalk 640 WHLO (www.640whlo.com).


Saturday, September 18, 2010

"Cavs Win Third Straight, 34-1