(CANTON, Ohio) – The longest continuously played rivalry in the G-MAC will add another chapter to the story as Walsh and Malone meet once again on Saturday afternoon at Tom Benson Stadium. The Cavaliers (3-7, 3-3) and Pioneers (1-8, 1-5) have met every year since the Maroon and Gold's inaugural season in 1995.
Each season, Walsh and Malone do battle for the John Bankert-Dick Gallagher Memorial Trophy. The late John Bankert spent his entire professional career at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was named administrative assistant, then business manager and then promoted to Vice President of Operations. When Elliott retired in 1996, the Hall's Board of Trustees selected Bankert as the museum's fourth Executive Director. The title President was added later. He served in that capacity through his retirement on December 31, 2005. The late Dick Gallagher was a former pro football coach, scout, general manager and director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Gallagher became the second director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968. He was then elevated to Director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame where he remained until 1975.
The rivalry returns to Tom Benson Stadium after a year away with Walsh hosting the game at North Canton Memorial Stadium while renovations took place. Walsh leads the all-time series 16-6 and has won the last eight games, as well as 15 of the last 18.
Walsh's rushing attack has emerged as one of the best in the conference. The Cavs average nearly 200 yards per game on the ground. Last week against the Storm, Walsh racked up 355 yards in the 31-7 win. As a result, Walsh held the ball for over three quarters of the game. In total, the Cavs had possession of the ball for 47:36. Walsh is currently fourth in the nation in time of possession at an incredible 348 minutes this season.
Walsh's special teams has also been superb this season and has had three G-MAC Players of the Week in the category. Kasey Tingler is the most recent winner after kicking a conference record 49-yard field goal against the Storm.
Win or lose, Walsh will finish fourth in its first season in the eight-team G-MAC. However, a win would give the Cavaliers a 4-3 conference record, its first winning record in Division II and first since being a member of the Mid-States Football Association in 2011.