Defense Holds Oilers to 19 Points, Falls 19-10

Defense Holds Oilers to 19 Points, Falls 19-10

CANTON, Ohio - The Walsh Cavaliers football team had a daunting task of facing the second-best scoring offense in the G-MAC on Saturday (Oct. 12), the University of Findlay Oilers at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

Walsh held the Oilers to 19 points on four field goals and one touchdown in a 19-10 loss. 

Tadas Tatarunas capped the seven play opening drive with a two-yard TD run as Walsh led 7-0 with 11:30 left in the first quarter. Findlay answered with a 27-yard field goal four and a half minutes later. The Oilers took a 10-7 lead on a 53-yard scoring drive with 3:24 to go in the first. 

After a ten play, 58-yard drive that spanned the last three minutes of the first quarter and first two minutes of the second, Walsh tied the game at ten after Chad Mirolo converted a 34-yard field goal. The game was a defensive battle in the second quarter that featured four punts, one interception and a turnover on downs. Findlay entered halftime with a 13-10 lead on a 39-yard field goal as time expired. 

The second half began with four punts between the two teams. On Findlay's third drive of the quarter, Morgan Trust forced a fumble on a sack of Findlay's QB and Marcus Shellenbarger recovered the ball. The drive came up empty as the Cavaliers punted the ball away. Findlay led 13-10 at the outset of the fourth quarter. 

The Oilers made field goals of 20 and 26 yards in the fourth quarter for a 19-10 final score. 

Walsh totaled 195 yards of total offense with 99 passing yards and 96 rushing yards. Tatarunas completed nine passes with 84 passing yards, three interceptions and his first collegiate touchdown in the first quarter. Koby Adu-Poku totaled 79 rushing yards on 15 carries and made three catches for 15 yards. 

Trust made 11 tackles (five solo/six assisted) on defense to lead the Cavaliers. Myles Williams had ten tackles with 1.5 tackles for a loss. 

Findlay entered Saturday's game scoring 35.4 points per game and 41 points in conference games. 

Walsh hosts West Liberty for Homecoming next Saturday (Oct. 19) at 1:00 PM.