Football Looks To Bounce Back With Road Clash At Ashland

Photo by Dave Miller
Photo by Dave Miller

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican and Ashland will renew its football rivalry, but for the first time as non-conference opponents, when the Panthers and Eagles tangle at 7 p.m. Saturday night in Ashland.

Both teams are looking to bounce back from last minute road losses to top-10 PSAC teams. The Panthers had rallied from a 33-14 deficit at No. 8 California (Pa.) to take a 34-33 lead in the fourth, but the Vulcans hit a 25 yard field goal with 49 seconds left to escape with the win. Meanwhile, Ashland lost to No. 9 ranked Indiana (Pa.) on a 46 yard field goal as time expired.

Ashland holds a 4-3 advantage in the series. The scoring has been virtually dead even in the last six meetings, with only six total points separating the two teams (Ashland 161, ODU 155.)

With the setback at Cal, the Panthers have fallen in eight straight games to nationally ranked opponents, but five of those contests have been decided by a field goal or less. ODU had a 513-452 edge in total yardage, but was called for 10 penalties for 99 yards, while the Vulcans did not have a single penalty called against them.

Senior quarterback Grant Russell (Newark, Ohio) went 28-of-37 for 378 yards and two TDs while also rushing for a score. In his Panther debut, sophomore Cedric Washington (Knoxville, Tenn.) hauled in a pair of 52 yard scores and finished with 137 receiving yards, and sophomore David Turner (Fort Wayne, Ind.) had 101 yards and a 26 yard TD while also averaging 36.0 yards on kick returns. Junior Cory Contini (Dover, Ohio) pulled down nine passes for 97 yards as well.

Junior Ross Thompson (Delphos, Ohio) led the Panthers with 11 tackles (1.5 tackles for loss) and combined with senior Tre McIntyre (North Lewisburg, Ohio) on a sack. McIntyre and fellow senior Cameron Kohl (Hilliard, Ohio) each made eight tackles. In their Panther debuts, juniors Vincent Anderson (Riverside, Calif.) and Tyren Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) each had seven tackles, while junior Tristan Kehres (Shelby, Ohio) also made seven stops, a career high.

QUICK HITS

• Since 2006, ODU has an overall record of 86-36 (.705 win percentage.) The Panthers are 40-11 in their last 51 games (.784 win percentage.) ODU has also won 39 of its last 48 regular season games (.813).
• Over the past 51 games, ODU has outscored opponents by 814 points, an average of 16.0 points per game. The Panthers have scored 30 or more points 34 times in that stretch and held opponents to 14 points or fewer 20 times.
• ODU is 38-7 against opponents from Ohio since 2007 (.844 win percentage.)
• The Panthers are  24-4 in their last 28 regular season road games (.857).
• ODU is 42-1 (.977) in its last 43 games against unranked opponents, dating back to Oct. 15, 2011.

WEEK ONE VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

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Todd Bell, play-by-play
Matt Natali, analyst
Cory Durbin, studio
 
The Panther Countdown Pregame Show will begin this week at 6:30 p.m. on 98.9 FM and online at: www.pressboxproductions.net. Additionally, you can listen to Inside Panthers Football from 7-9 on Thursday on Press Box Productions, while the second hour will also air live on 98.9 FM.
 
Contact: Scott Miles
miless@ohiodominican.edu