(CANTON, Ohio) – Coming off of one of the best defensive performances by anyone in the nation, Walsh welcomes Hillsdale to Tom Benson Stadium for Homecoming weekend. The Cavaliers (2-4, 2-2 G-MAC) most recently defeated Lake Erie 29-0 on Saturday evening, while the Chargers (6-1, 5-0 G-MAC) lead the conference standings after a 45-24 victory over Alderson Broaddus.
Despite being in the same conference dating back to 2012 when Walsh joined the GLIAC, the series between these two teams just started in 2016. The Chargers have been on the winning end of both games. This will be the first meeting in Stark County in the series.
Walsh comes in riding a momentum-high after its first shutout since joining the NCAA. The last time the Maroon and Gold shut out a team was on November 5, 2011, in a 60-0 shellacking of Concordia under the guidance of Jim Dennison. This past Saturday, the Cavs limited the Storm to just 31 yards of total offense, the fewest yards allowed by any team in Division II this season and fifth fewest allowed by any team regardless of division.
That defense will be put to the test as the Chargers enter having scored 32.7 points per game, third-most in the G-MAC. Hillsdale's David Graham is third in the conference in scoring with 54 points on nine touchdowns this season.
The Cavaliers counter with Stephen Baugh and Morgan Trust. Both are forces in the backfield and rank in the top five in the league in tackles for loss. Baugh is third in the G-MAC with 1.33 per game. Trust is fifth at 1.25 per game. Trust also leads the G-MAC with 6.5 quarterback sacks through six contests.