(FINDLAY, Ohio) – Walsh was edged by Findlay 24-16 in its final true road game of the season at Donnell Stadium on Saturday. The Cavaliers dropped to 2-5 overall and 2-3 in the G-MAC, while the Oilers improved to 5-3 and 3-2.
Turnovers largely helped the Maroon and Gold as they forced five, all fumbles, on the night. It didn't take long for the first to happen either as Zach Sturmi jarred the ball loose and had Stephen Baugh recover at the Findlay 34-yard line. Three plays later, Koby Adu-Poku scampered in from 16-yards out and a quick 7-0 lead.
Unfortunately for Walsh, it was the only of the turnovers that directly led to points. However, it wouldn't be the last time Adu-Poku made a difference. After Findlay scored the next two touchdowns, Adu-Poku punched it in from two yards out to bring Walsh within one at 14-13 early in the second quarter.
Findlay later scored on a short field goal to make the score 17-13 with 3:09 to go in the first half, but Walsh would answer that with a 42-yarder from Kasey Tingler just after the start of the second. The Oilers provided the finals score on a 24-yard touchdown run late in the third.
Dylan Garver led a stout defense with 14 tackles. Leondre Crosby joined him in double-figures with 10, including 1.5 tackles for loss. Myles Williams nearly joined them with nine and had one of the five fumble recoveries. O'Shea Heard, Phillip Keller, and Reece Human also recovered fumbles for Walsh.
The Cavs return to Tom Benson Stadium for the next two games and will be the hosts next week as they take on Alderson Broaddus. Kickoff against the Battlers is set for 1 p.m.