Walsh Battles ODU Tough, But Falls 20-10

Walsh Battles ODU Tough, But Falls 20-10

Photo by Todd Thoenen

(CANTON, Ohio) – Walsh shutout a high-powered Ohio Dominican team in the second half, but couldn't overcome an early deficit in a 20-10 defeat at Tom Benson Stadium Saturday evening. The Panthers (5-1, 3-1) jumped out to a 20-point lead and held off a Cavaliers (1-4, 1-2) rally in the second half.

The defending conference champions jumped out to the early lead thanks to a pair of big plays by Cory Contini. The first was an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown just over three minutes into the game. He later added an 87-yard catch and run to put ODU up 14-0 near the end of the first quarter.

The visitors eventually went up 20-0 after a touchdown on their only decent drive of the entire game. The Panthers were able to travel 78 yards in 10 plays with EJ Colson capping the drive on a 1-yard run.

Walsh's offense began to come alive in the second half. After forcing the Panthers to punt on the opening drive of the second half, the Cavs were able to add their first points by way of a 38-yard field goal by Kasey Tingler.

After Dylan Garver intercepted an ODU pass, Walsh was able to take advantage and punch it in as Koby Adu-Poku scored from a yard out to make it 20-10.

Adu-Poku went over the century mark the third consecutive week. He finished the night with 106 yards on 25 attempts for a 4.2 average and a long of 24. His score was his fourth touchdown of the season.

The Cavaliers were outgained by the Panthers 366 to 320 in total yards, but recorded eight more first downs 24-18.

Nick Gassman played effectively and went 22-of-38 for 196 yards. Isaiah Anfield was his favorite target at five catches for 62 yards.

Defensively Garver recorded 10 tackles to go with his interception. Leondre Crosby added 10 as well.

The Cavaliers will head north to Lake Erie next week. Kickoff with the Storm is set for 7 p.m.