Offense Struggles To Score In Defeat To ODU

Offense Struggles To Score In Defeat To ODU

Photo by Todd Thoenen

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Despite moving the ball well offensively throughout the day, Walsh fell 19-10 to hosting Ohio Dominican in GLIAC action Saturday afternoon. The Cavaliers (0-4, 0-4) picked up 28 first downs on the day and had over 400 yards of total offense, but the Panthers (2-2, 2-2) were able to come up with big stops late in the game.

Down 16-3, Walsh drove 75 yards on 12 plays to get within one possession of tying or taking the lead after Reid Worstell (R-Fr., Canton, Ohio/GlenOak) found Jeremy Willison (Jr., Zanesville, Ohio/Maysville) on a 9-yard pass for a touchdown with 13:36 to play. It didn't take ODU long to answer as Brent Wahle kicked his fourth field goal of the day just 2:34 later to set up the final score.

The Cavs attempted to come back as Worstell completed 7-of-9 to put Walsh at the 8-yard line before the drive stalled late in the fourth quarter. After a false start penalty put the Cavs back at the 13, Worstell's pass on 3rd and Goal was intercepted by Marquise Tyus to ice the game.

Aside from the pick, Worstell had an impressive game as he completed 29-of-50 passes for 314 yards for a touchdown and an interception. Matt Matuska (Jr., Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) was his favorite target as the junior wideout caught 10 balls for 126 yards, both career bests. Blake Williams (So., Orlando, Fla./Boone) added seven receptions for 63 yards.

Ohio Dominican started the scoring as it took advantage of a Walsh fumble deep in Cavalier territory and kicked a field goal to take a quick 3-0 lead. The Panthers built that lead to 10-0 after a 13-yard touchdown pass from Grant Russell to Casey Williams just under three minutes left in the opening frame.

Michael Dudics (Sr., Doylestown, Ohio/Chippewa) put the Cavs on the board on the ensuing drive with a 32-yard field goal that capped a long 69-yard drive over 13 plays.

The Panthers added field goals of 52 and 20 yards out for the other scores.

Defensively the Cavs were led by Nicholas King (Jr., Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Bishop Hartley). He finished with 11 tackles. Cody Meade (So., Norton, Ohio/HS) and Chad Phillis (Sr., Monaca, Pa./Central Valley) each had seven.

Walsh is back on the road next week for its first of two trips to Michigan on the season. The Cavs will play Northwood on Saturday, Oct. 3, with a 1 p.m. start.