(TIFFIN, Ohio) – The second half was the downfall for Walsh as Tiffin took home a 34-13 win in a mutual season opener on Thursday night at Frost Kalnow Stadium. The Cavaliers trailed 20-13 at the break, but the Dragons limited Walsh's scoring opportunities while they added a couple touchdowns.
Walsh lit up the scoreboard first as Jason Fracassa (Sr., 5-9, Sterling Heights, Mich./Utica Stevenson) and Jeremy Willison (Jr., 5-11, Zanesville, Ohio/Maysville) connected on a 5-yard pass down the middle to cap off a 75-yard drive to open the game. The score game with 10:39 left in the opening quarter, but it didn't take Tiffin long to answer as Antonio Pipkin popped out a 49-yard scamper to tie the game just over a minute later.
He wasn't done as he ran it in from seven yards out on the Dragons' next drive. It was his second of three touchdowns on the ground as he closed Tiffin's scoring with a 28-yard run midway through the fourth quarter. Pipkin threw for another touchdown in the third quarter.
Walsh had a few other opportunities to add points in the first half. Michael Dudics (Sr., 5-10, Doylestown, Ohio/Chippewa) added points on field goals of 33 and 31 yards. The Cavs were in the red zone again late in the half, but a fake field goal was disrupted in the backfield. Tiffin was able to capitalize with a field goal of its own to close the first half.
Aaron Male (Jr., 5-11, Akron, Ohio/Ellet) was a bright spot for the Cavaliers' offense as he finished with 112 yards on 21 carries. The bulk of that came in a huge first half where he ran for 110 yards. Fracassa finished the game 21-of-38 passing for 222 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
The Cavs must now focus on its home opener against Ashland. The two south division rivals will square off on Saturday, Sept. 12, at noon. The game will be broadcast on 95.9 FM WNPQ The Light. Two-for-one ticket vouchers are available at the Giant Eagle at Washington Square right up until gametime, or until the supply is exhausted.