Panther Pride: Top 13 Moments From 2012-13 (#5)

Mark Miller
Mark Miller

The 2012-13 season was another landmark year for Ohio Dominican athletics as the athletic programs took another step forward in the NCAA Division II ranks. OhioDominicanPanthers.com is counting down the top moments from the past year.

#13 - Women's Tennis Claims Dramatic Win Over Tiffin (June 17)
#12 – Men's Basketball Overtime Win at Central State (June 18)
#11 – Baseball Braves Elements, Walks Off Winners (June 19)
#10 – Volleyball Rallies in Five in Longest GLIAC Match of Season (June 20)
#9 – Walker Rewrites Cross Country Record Books (June 21)
#8 – Women's Soccer Team Wins in Dramatic Fashion (June 24)
#7 – Softball Captures Wild 18-17 Home Opening Win (June 25) 
#6 – Hockenberry's Hot Hand Helps Panthers To Heart-Stopping Wins (June 26)

No. 5 – Football Breaks Records in 2012 Campaign

Ohio Dominican's football team took another step forward in a season that witnessed losses to just three teams, all of which were ranked in the top-25.

Sitting at 3-3 midway through the season, ODU ripped off five straight victories to close the year, headlined by a huge second half against Findlay to start the streak.

Leading 35-31 in the third quarter, the Panthers scored the game's final 28 points to score the road victory over an Oiler squad who had been 4-1, including a win at nationally ranked Saginaw Valley.

That sprung the Panthers to four more victories the rest of the season, including a 45-7 win at Notre Dame, a 31-14 home victory over Tiffin, a 44-14 road win at Lake Erie and a 56-7 home win over Malone in the season finale.

Along the way, ODU set several school records, including rushing yards (2,694), rushing touchdowns (34) and yards per rush (5.5). The Panthers scored 449 points and averaged 452.4 yards per game, both second-best in school history, and the Panthers' 5-1 home record last season was also the second-best tally in school history, each behind the 2007 campaign.

Overall, the Panthers would finish the year with an 8-3 record and tied for second in the GLIAC standings, their best performance since joining the conference.

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