Photo by Greg Markovich
(CANTON, Ohio) – Walsh was able to battle with Ohio Dominican, but eventually fell to the visitors by a 39-21 count on Senior Night at Tom Benson Stadium. The Cavaliers are now 2-7 overall and 2-3 in the G-MAC this season, while the Panthers are 5-3 overall and unbeaten in the conference at 5-0.
The Cavs used its vaunted running attack to catch Ohio Dominican off guard and racked up 221 yards on the ground. Kalvin Gordon was responsible for the bulk of it as he carried the rock 31 times for a career-best 175 yards.
Six of those carries came on Walsh's first drive to help the Cavaliers take a 7-6 lead on Ohio Dominican after a 2-yard touchdown run by Antwand Wilson. Walsh carried that score into the second quarter giving the Cavaliers their first lead of the season after one quarter of play.
Ohio Dominican was able to answer, however, with touchdown drives on two of their next three possessions. The Cavaliers were able to answer the last score with a touchdown just before the half by Koby Adu-Poku who made the score 20-14 after Kasey Tingler's PAT. The score was set up by a 55-yard run by Gordon to put the Cavaliers on the 1-yard line in the final minute of the half.
The Panthers extended their lead with a pair of touchdowns at the end of the third and midway through the fourth. Walsh was able to cut the deficit to 33-21 when DeVon Harris caught a touchdown pass from 11-yards out, but ODU answered with an 8-yard touchdown run on the next drive and time ran out on the Cavs.
Nick Sturgill paced the defense with 11 tackles and forced a fumble just before the goal line to save a touchdown by ODU.
Walsh returns to action next week for its final true road game of the season at Lake Erie.