(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – Despite a valiant effort Walsh (0-2, 0-2) lost 31-24 in overtime to 24th ranked Ashland University (2-0, 2-0) in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) game at Tom Benson Stadium. The Cavs look for their first of the season next Saturday, at home, against Lake Erie College in a GLIAC game at 1 pm.
Walsh scored the games' first ten points. Michael Dudics (Sr., Doylestown, OH / Chippewa) connected on a 40-yard field goal with 5:56 to play in the first quarter.
The Cavs then took a 10-0 lead when Alex Jones (6-2, Jr., Maple Heights, OH / HS / Cerritos JC) knocked the ball away from Ashland quarterback Travis Tarnowski, and then recovered it for a touchdown with 4:59 left in the first half.
Ashland tight end Adam Shaheen made a leaping catch in the end zone on a third and nine play from the Walsh 20-yard line to give the Eagles their first score with just 1:08 to play in the first half. Walsh led 10-7 at the half.
Ashland tied the game in the third quarter on a 35-yard Aiden Simenc field goal. It was the only score of the period.
The Eagles took their first lead of the game (17-10) with 13:23 to play when Tarnowski scored on a six-yard run.
Walsh answered on the next possession with nine-play, 68-yard drive to tie the game at 17-all. Kalvin Gordon (So., Mansfield, OH / Comprehensive) scored on a two-yard run which was set up on the previous play when Jason Fracassa (Sr., Sterling Heights, MI / Utica Stevenson / Northwood) connected on a 12-yard completion to Blake Williams (So., Orlando, FL / Boone).
Ashland regained the lead on the next possession with a 75-yard drive in 12 plays. The key play in the drive came on a third and 13-play when Walsh was called for pass interference on the Ashland 44-yard line. Aaron Wesch would eventually score on one-yard scamper to put the Eagles back on top 24-17 with 3:55 to play.
Walsh was not done, as they would drive 59 yard in ten plays to knot the game back up at 24 with 40 seconds left in the fourth. Fracassa completed five of seven passes to start the drive, as Walsh advanced from their 41 to the Ashland 16-yard line. Fracassa would hit Sage Pope (So., West Middlesex, OH / HS) at the Ashland 11-yard line, and then try again in the end zone where an Eagles pass interference call placed the ball at the two-yard line. Gordon would score his second TD with 40 seconds left to tie the game.
Ashland had the first possession in OT, and scored on their fifth play when Tarnowski connected with Chase Hoobler for a five-yard score.
Walsh would fail with four incomplete passes to end the game.
This is just Walsh's second 0-2 start in the history of the program which began in 1995. The other 0-2 start was in 2011.
The Cavs' Alex Knight (Jr., Solon, OH / HS) established a new record with a 76-yard punt.
photo by Logan Smith