(PAINESVILLE, Ohio) – A dominant defense helped Walsh to its first shutout since joining the NCAA in a 29-0 blanking of Lake Erie at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium on Saturday evening. The Cavaliers (2-4, 2-2) allowed the Storm (0-7, 0-5) just 31 yards of total offense in their first shutout since 2011.
The last time Walsh shut out an opponent came on Nov. 5 when the Maroon and Gold put a 60-0 drubbing on Concordia. It happened to be the second consecutive shutout that season as the Jim Dennison-led Cavs also shut out Taylor the week before.
The defense was so strong in fact that it didn't allow the Storm to cross midfield until midway through the third quarter. Even then Lake Erie was unable to sniff the red zone as Walsh's offense started to taken control of the game.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Cavs' ground game started to get into shape as Devin Kenerly put Walsh on the scoreboard from two yards out. The score put Walsh ahead 7-0 with 8:48 to play in the first half. Later in the period, Walsh was able to make It 13-0 thanks to an 8-yard touchdown pass from Nick Gassman to Deondre Cook.
Kenerly was the story on offense as he rumbled for 157 yards on 17 carries. He rumbled for an average of 9.2 yards per game in the defeat. Gassman didn't need to throw the ball much at all, but when called upon he was 11-for-22 for 109 yards and two touchdowns. He added a nice touchdown toss in the fourth quarter as he found Isaiah Anfield for the final score of the game.